Five Caroline Career and Technology Center students placed at the Skills USA Competition. The students were recognized during the June Board of Education meeting. Students recognized were: Cody Gaertner, Samuel Kyle, Amanda Keeler, Jacob Dicus and Jacob Karnes. Pictured with Karnes, Gaertner and Dicus are Board Member Kathy Dill and Dr. Patricia Saelens, superintendent of schools.
Members of the North Caroline High School Lady Bulldogs softball team were recognized during the June Board of Education meeting for their undefeated season and winning the state championship. The softball team is nationally ranked 149th out of the over 12,000 high school softball teams. Members of the team include: Megan Robins, Azalie Haro, Mackenzie Werner, Kevynn "Brea" Bishop, Alison Ward, Emily Ward, Kiley Macmillian, Sarah Kintop, Kolby Downes, Alexandria Penn, Lauren Williamson, Sarah Mast, Abigail Trice, Aubree Strange, Hayden Smith and Kendal Dixon. Coaches are: Henry Ward, Jody Ward, Michael Penn, Brenda Murphy and head coach Andrea Ward. The team was joined by the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, NCHS Dean of Student Services Matthew Spiker, NCHS Assistant Principal Robert Willoughby and Caroline County Commissioner Larry Porter.
A number of Caroline County Public School students were recognized during the June Board of Education meeting for having artwork displayed at First Lady Hogan's Art Gallery in Annapolis and at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Spring Art Exhibit. Students recognized were: Emaan Chaudhry, Elizabeth Doetsch, Nicole Davis, Keller Willis, Yareli Ortiz, Arnoldo Ramerez, Zoe Gourley, Sade Jordon and Skyler Peele. Keller Willis, CRMS, was recognized for his artwork. He is joined by Board Member Kathy Dill and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens.
Skyler Peele, CRHS, was recognized for his artwork. She is joined by Board Member Kathy Dill and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens.
- Dr. Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services, recognzied Ayla Basar, CRMS, for winning the SoMIRAC Young Author's Contest for 6th grade poetry.
- Dr. Patricia Saelens, introduced the new Student Representatives to the Board of Education for the 2017-2018 school year: Shelby Turner, NCHS and Jeanette Banko, CRHS.
CITIZENS/PUBLIC COMMENTS - SOUNDING BOARD
A parent came before the Board of Education to express concerns about bullying.
REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
- Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds and staff gave an update on the School Resource Officers (SRO) Program in Caroline County Public Schools.
- Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, gave an update on Capital Projects.
The Board approved the following action items:
- Policy III.30.20 - Student School Assignment Policy - The Student School Assignment policy was originally approved on November 7, 2006. After a decade of implementation, the policy was updated through a committee of stakeholders to meet the needs of the community.
- Comprehensive School Wellness and Nutrition PolicyV.50.50 Revision - In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires all Local Education Agency (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program an/or School Breakfast Program to have a written wellness policy. In June 2016, the USDA finalized regulations to create a guidelines for written wellness policies. The final rule requires LEAs to comply with these requirements by June 30, 2017. The local wellness policy was reviewed by the wellness committee, as well as Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to identify areas needing modification to meet the requirements.
- Special Education Action Plan - Approval of an annual Special Education Staffing Plan is required in order for Caroline County Public Schools to access state and federal funds for special education. The plan consists of the procedures used throughout the year to determine appropriate funding and staffing needs to fulfill the educational needs of students with disabilities.
- Special Education Contracted Services Bid - Awards contracts to Ardor Health for speech/language services, Michael Barnett and Elaina Rasines for bilingual evaluations and Premiere Education Partners for therapeutic classrooms.
- Food Services Bid - Prime Vendor Contract - Award contract to Sysco Eastern Maryland, LLC for the 2017-2018 school year for food and food related products.
- 2017 Educational Facilities Master Plan - The master plan is the planning tool that deals with a local school system's projected facility needs.
- Contract Agreements - The Board approved employee contracts between themselves and the following employee groups: Caroline County Educators Association, Caroline County Education Support Personnel Association and Administrators and Supervisors Association.
- 2017-2018 Board Meeting Schedule - meeting dates from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
- Personnel items
- Textbook adoptions - Bien Dit! (French I, II, III and IV); Theatre I and II; and Avancemost! (Spanish I, II, III, IV).
The Board of Education approved several administrative appointments during the June Board of Education meeting. From left to right: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, Dr. Derek Simmons, Director of Student Services, Mrs. Susan McCandless, currently Supervisor of Fine Arts to Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Mr. Robert Willoughby, currently Assistant Principal at North Caroline High to Principal at Colonel Richardson Middle; Dr. Yolanda Holloway, currently Assistant Principal at Lockerman Middle to Principal at Federalsburg Elementary; Mr. Matthew Spiker, currently Dean of Student Services at North Caroline High to Assistant Principal at North Caroline High; Ms. Lisa Hopkins, currently at Dorchester County Public Schools to Director of Professional Development and Assessment; Mr. Milton Nagel, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and Mrs. Elizabeth Anthony, currently Supervisor of Special Education to Director of Special Programs. Not pictured is Mr. Neal Lambert, currently Dean of Student Services at Colonel Richardson High to Assistant Principal at Colonel Richardson Middle.