by Lori Morrow
The Board of Education Meeting began at approximately 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 23 at the Sasscer Building in Upper Marlboro.
Report of the Chair:
- BOE Member Mary Kingston Roche has resigned from the Board of Education
- PGCPS is hosting the Back-to-School Block Party at the Bowie Baysox Stadium on August 25th
- For Public Comment, members of the public should register 4 days prior to the meeting.
Report of the CEO:
Discussed 5 focus areas, updated policies, and the Back-to-School portion of the webpage to get everyone ready for the first day.
–Michele Clark, Teacher Retention and Turnover
–Susanne Johnson, Resources for Immersion Schools
–Theresa Mitchell Dudley, PGCEA, Teacher Retention
–Linda Tucker, Fingerprinting Requirements for Athletics Volunteers
Dr. Goldson introduction of the Discussion Item, First Day of School Planning & Preparations: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=2156
–All 17 cases of employees involved in the Internal Audit compensation findings have been returned to previous pay levels and steps are being taken to review future pay increases related to change in responsibilities.
–Dr. Goldson also discussed the restructuring of the Area Office Structure for better leveling and monitoring. In addition, positions formerly working in the Ombudsman office will be placed in Area Offices as “Area Office Resolution Specialists” to allow more timely resolution of parent concerns.
Associate Superintendent Dr. David Curry: Principal Support & Training this summer: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=2445
–Principal meeting was held on Aug 8 to present updates for Administrative Procedures related to Attendance (5113) and Grading & Reporting (5121), grade change authorization and grad standards module. Additional principal meeting was held on Aug 21 to answer questions and concerns about policies. There was also a meeting specifically for Elementary/K-8 Principals to review Health & Wellness 0116 and recess procedures. Principals were directed to include the information in handbooks and review the information with staff.
Chief Accountability Officer, Dr. Douglas Strader: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=2589
–Discussed the plans to report key performance indicators quarterly to stakeholders.
Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kara Libby: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=2650
–Discussed updates about curriculum documents and resources that will be available to teachers. Materials have been disseminated so that teachers will be able to begin instruction on day one.
Chief Information Offier, Mr. Youssef Antar: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=2736
–Discussed $3M technology upgrades; increase of the one-to-one intitiative (up to 18 schools); and automated graduation standards/grade change modules.
Chief of Human Resources, Mr. Howard Burnett: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=2862
–Teachers: Hired 976 teachers this summer and have 55 vacancies. We have a pool of 3000 substitute teachers. Substitutes who will be filling vacant positions have been able to attend training/planning days with teachers so that they will be able to teach on the first day.
–Bus drivers: 69 vacancies with over 1000 bus drivers. Substitute drivers and doubled routes will be used to cover the vacancies. 36 drivers are currently in training with another 15 who have been recently hired.
–Nurses: Hired 19 nurses since July 1 but still have 32 vacancies. Will use contract nurses from 8 agencies to fill vacancies and schools all have emergency care plans in place.
–Administrative Leave: Human Resources and Labor Relations looked at cases of individuals who are currently on leave. Staff with minor infractions who were found not to pose threat to staff, students or the organization will be able to remain in the work location. Individuals with cases pending with Child Protective Services are not able to remain in their work locations.
Interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson:
–Capital Improvement: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=3200 Discussed projects at Tulip Grove ES (Renovation completed), Francis T. Evans ES (Pod conversion, 1 out of 3 completed. Expect completion at end of November), and Hollywood ES (Pod conversion with delays).
–District Heights ES Update: https://youtu.be/lkl1Z-417J8?t=3328 Mold reappeared in the elementary school this summer. Dr. Goldson requested external evaluation and ultimately made the decision that students will be bussed to Forestville HS for this school year so that systemic repairs can be made. $2.5M was already in the FY2019 budget to replace the air conditioning system.