From the Harford County Board of Education:
The Board of Education of Harford County met in an open business meeting on Monday, October 10, 2011, in the Board Room of the HCPS/A.A. Roberty Building and took the following the actions or received the following presentations:
Approved the Consent Agenda, with the removal of item 4 (Upgrade of Student Information System) to allow for discussion:
Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards
Contract Award for Maintenance of Video Surveillance System
Auditorium Sound System Upgrade
Upgrade of Student Information System (REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION)
Minutes of Previous Meetings:September 26, 2011
– Approved the Upgrade of Student Information System following discussion by Board members and staff.
– Approved the promotion of the following individuals into the 10-Month Assistant Principal Pool:
Meridith A. Dunlap, currently a Mentor at Edgewood Middle School
Jacqueline N. Fisher, currently a Mentor at William S. James Elementary
Kathleen M. Hobbs, currently a Teacher Specialist at Magnolia Elementary
Harley J. Main, currently a Fifth Grade Teacher at North Bend Elementary
– Received the first presentation in a series entitled “Board Strategic Plan Update.” The first two topics discussed as a part of this update series were:
I am wondering if HCPS is going to use the data from the Tell Survey to inform their work with schools. All that is mentioned in the report is the fact that the results were overall positive from the 2009 to the 2011 survey for HCPS. What is alarming to me is that when I looked at the results from my school’s survey, over 70% disagreed that there was an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in the building. About 65% did not feel supported by the leadership. If over 70% of my students failed to reach an objective, I would be expected to address it. I would expect the same at the district level. How can teachers who feel like this be working in an atmosphere that is best for learning? How can this data be ignored? How insulting to the teachers who took the time to respond to the survey. They seem to be crying out for help. I would encourage all to view the schools’ individual results at http://www.tellmaryland.org/ . See what you think for yourself.