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The Thomas Stone High School JROTC started the Board meeting by Posting the Colors and leading a moment of silence in observance of the 17thanniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Superintendent Kimberly Hill updated the Board on the Safety Town Hall and an upcoming U.S. Justice Department presentation, “Stolen Innocence: Protecting Our Children Online,” available for parents on Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Dr. James Craik Elementary School cafeteria. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff is joining Sheriff Troy Berry on Sept. 17 for the 11th year of We Care, a safe driving campaign targeting distracted driving and directed to student drivers. The Superintendent talked about Burlington Stores donating $10,000 to Eva Turner Elementary School and previewed upcoming reports on staffing and summer projects. Superintendent's Report
Should an F grade be 0 to 59 percent or 50 to 59 percent? The Board of Education is considering a staff proposal to revise the rule so it is consistent at each school. Staff members provided examples of struggling learners who, with hard work and determination, have been able to recover their grade with the 50-59 percent rule. Board members expressed concern over creating a policy for a small number of students and pointed to other options, such as grade and credit recovery. Board members asked for additional information and indicated they wanted to solicit feedback from the community before deciding. Secondary Grading Recommendations Presentation
Opening of schools
New dances by old schoolers, an unexpected fire drill, Marvelous Moms, #choosekind and building bridges generated excitement during opening week for CCPS. Executive directors of schools Marvin Jones and Linda Gill talked about the opening of school and how administrators adopted strategies from the Leadership Institute to enthusiastically welcome staff and students to the new school year. Opening of Schools Presentation
Staff is asking the Board to approve two new high school textbooks for the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Physical Rehabilitation program. The proposed textbooks are “Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques” and “Muscles: Testing and Function with Posture and Pain.” The books are on display for a 30-day period at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building and the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. CCPS Press Release- Proposed CTE Program Textbooks on Display
Kindergarten additions at Dr. James Craik and Berry elementary schools are complete and filled with kindergarteners. The renovation and addition construction at Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School is 57 percent complete. Dr. Mudd is on schedule to reopen in August 2019. The new Billingsley Elementary School is 85 percent complete and plans are underway to select its mascot. Designs for future modernizations and additions at Eva Turner Elementary School and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School are moving forward for consideration for state funding. Planning & Construction and maintenance projects presentation
Comprehensive maintenance plan
CCPS updates its comprehensive maintenance plan annually for resource management and to ensure students are learning in clean and safe environments. The plan addresses the cleanliness and safety of buildings as well as staff responsibilities, maintenance services and the handling of unscheduled maintenance work. The 54-page document is available at Comprehensive Maintainance Plan
Food and nutrition services
CCPS served more than 20,921 summer meals and plans to offer all students free breakfast beginning Oct. 1 and ending Oct. 26. Crystal Richardson and William Kreuter, Food and Nutrition Services supervisors, updated the Board on summer programs, free breakfast month, Eco friendly products and Farm-to-School Week. CCPS Press Release - CCPS offering free breakfast to all students next month
CCPS hired 282 new teachers prior to the start of the school year. Staff placed 119 new teachers at the elementary level and 163 teachers at the secondary level. Human resources staff continues its recruiting efforts to hire additional teachers. Human Resources Presentation
One person, Deron Tross, spoke at public forum. Mr. Tross congratulated staff on a good start to the new school year and questioned a Board member’s use of the ccboe domain name on a social media page. He said officials using the domain should not block citizens from commenting on the page.
- The Board approved the executive and public session minutes from Aug. 14 by a 6-1 vote, with Michael Lukas abstaining from the executive session minute vote.
- The Board unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for certificated appointments, including 49 certificated appointments, four releases without prejudice, 10 releases with prejudice, three retirements and three leaves of absence.
- The Board unanimously approved its fiscal year 2020 state and local Capital Improvements Program (CIP).
- The Board approved 20 recurring resolutions for recognition by a 6-1 vote, with Jennifer Abell abstaining.
- The Board approved its system goals by a 6-1 vote, with Margaret Marshall abstaining.
- The Board unanimously approved a food and nutrition services intercategory budget change.