Board News from November 2017 Board of Education Meeting

The Denton Elementary School chorus led the Pledge of Allegiance at the November Board of Education meeting. The students sang the pledge.






MOMENT OF SILENCE - The Board of Education held a moment of silence in remembrance of Mr. William Lake, Lockerman Middle School employee, who passed away in October.


The Board of Education recognized the students who won first, second and third in the annual County-wide 5th Grade Spelling Bee. Pictured from left to right is Ridgely Elementary principal Lee Sutton, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, RES teacher Katey Allis-Fisher, second place finisher Rylee Fruengel, third place finisher Trynton Parks, Federalsburg Elementary principal Dr. Yolanda Holloway and Board of Education member Louise Cheek. Not pictured is first place finisher Lita McClyment.




Preston Elementary School custodial staff were recognized for receiving the Superior Maintenance Rating by the State of Maryland Board of Public Works. In front from left to right are: custodians Jeneene Brummell, Tyrell Brummell Sr., head custodian Gary Hart, custodian Reginald Lennox and Brett Morton, supervisor of plant operations. In back from left to right are: Board Vice President Tolbert Rowe, Board Member Kathy Dill, Board President Jim Newcomb, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, Board Member Louise Cheek and Board Member George Abner.


The Caroline County Public Schools maintenance staff was recognized for earning Superior Rating for school year 2010 through 2017 from the Public Schools Construction Program/ Maryland State Department of Education. Pictured in front from left to right are Board of Education Vice President Tolbert Rowe, Board Member Kathy Dill, Chris Waters, maintenance worker; Dale Kenton, former maintenance coordinator; Brett Morton, supervisor of plant operations; Sheldon Neal, maintenance worker; Chuck Petrick, supervisor of school construction; Leon Bivens, maintenance worker and mail courier. In back from left to right: Board member Louise Cheek, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, Board president James Newcomb, Board member George Abner, Scott Pepper, maintenance worker and Kenny Breeding, maintenance worker.

The Board of Education recognized the following schools for receiving the Maryland Center for Character Education 2017 School of the Year Award: Greensboro Elementary, Preston Elementary, Colonel Richardson Middle and Colonel Richardson High. North Caroline High School was recognized as being named a Character Education 2017 State School of the Year winner. Pictured in front from left to right are: Rich Petroske, PES assistant principal; Dr. Kari Clow, PES principal; Rob Willoughby, CRMS principal; Christal Harkowa, CRHS principal; Ann Wilson, CRHS media specialist; Erin Adams, NCHS assistant principal and Matthew Spiker, NCHS assistant principal. In back from left to right: Tolbert Rowe, Board vice president; Kathy Dill, Board member; Dr. Patricia Saelens, Superintendent of Schools; Louise Cheek, Board member; George Abner, Board member and James Newcomb, Board president.


The Board of Education approved the following action item:

  • FY 2017 Audit Report - The Caroline County Board of Education accepted the audit reports prepared by TGM Group LLC, Certified Public Accountants, for FY 2017. The three annual audits of our financial management are Financial Report, Compliance Report, and Audit Communications. The three audit documents indicate that the Board of Education has conducted its financial matters in accordance with accepted standards, without noted exception.
  • FY 2017 Budget Adjustments - The Caroline County Board of Education approved the attached list of budget adjustments for FY 2017. The budget amount for unrestricted State of Maryland revenue must be decreased to reflect actual.  The budget amount for restricted revenue must be increased to balance the expenditures for restricted programs listed on the attached page.  Revenues from the State of Maryland and other sources were more than budgeted due to higher than anticipated revenue from these sources. Total expenditures in the areas of administration, school management and support, special education, operation of plant, maintenance of plant, and fixed charges exceeded their budgeted amounts.  Reasons for the over expenditures in the various categories is as follows: Administration:  Additional legal fees incurred and unanticipated salary changes; School Management and Support:  Communication costs – reduction of E-rate reimbursement; Special Education:  Actual salary costs higher than budgeted and non-public placement costs; Operation of Plant:  Salaries higher than anticipated due to overtime and supplies higher than anticipated; Maintenance of Plant:  Contracted services higher than anticipated for building repairs; Fixed Charges:  Rising costs associated with health insurance, accrued leave, and life insurance. The areas of instructional salaries, instructional textbooks, other instructional costs, pupil services, health services, and capital outlay will be decreased to offset the over expenditures in the above categories. The County Commissioners must also approve these revisions.

To access all reports and information from the November Caroline County Board of Education meeting, please go to the following: