From Harford County Public Schools:
The Board of Education of Harford County met in an open business meeting on Monday, December 19, 2011, in the Board Room of the HCPS/A.A. Roberty Building and took the following the actions or received the following presentations:
Recognized the following:
HCPS Hall of Fame – Donna E. Lewis
Wendy’s High School Heisman Award National Finalist, Danielle King, C. Milton Wright High School
2011 HCPS Board of Education Holiday Card, Brandon Daugherty, Bel Air Middle School
Allowed the Superintendent to release the following statement regarding the County Executive’s one-time stipend for county employees:
“As you may be aware, in an announcement made last Friday morning, the County Executive vetoed the line item appropriation to fund the school system employees’ one-time stipend that had been approved by the County Council. The payroll had already been processed for the four bargaining units that had previously signed an agreement for receipt of the stipend. Per an agreement with the county regarding the distribution of funds, the school system forward-funded payment with the understanding that reimbursement from the county would follow. The Board will not seek to recall the payment from the employees. As more information becomes available, we will notify our employees immediately.”
Approved the Consent Agenda:
– Minutes of Previous Meetings:
December 5, 2011
December 12, 2011
– Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with Bargaining Units Regarding Distribution of Stipend
– Memorandum of Understanding – HCESC
– African-American History Month/Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
– Maryland Reading Month
– National Mentoring Month
Decision on Contracts:
– Decision on Contract Award for Chiller Replacement at Homestead Elementary School Building
– Decision on Contract Amendment for Emergency Contact Messaging Communication Service
With Sheriff Jesse Bane in attendance signifying the Harford County Sheriff’s Office partnership with HCPS regarding the cybersafety initiative, approved the Board policy (Policy No. 24-0006-000) Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment or Intimidation of Students.
Approved the Legislative Platform item regarding Partial Student Voting Rights for the Student Representative to the Board of Education of Harford County.
Received a presentation on the Elementary, Middle and High School Staffing and Class Size Report.
– Elementary School – class sizes of 25 or less in most schools due to the successful redistricting; no classes of 30 or more
– Middle School – enrollment constant, majority of classes are under 25 students, those classes that are over 25 are band, chorus and special areas
– High School – all high schools have average class sizes of 25 or below
Received a presentation on the Recommended FY13 Operating Budget.
Received the Superintendent’s Report which:
– Introduced a presentation by Wayne Thibeault, principal at Patterson Mill Middle-High School, Marlene Molter, principal at C. Milton Wright High School, and Larissa Santos, principal at Edgewood High School all of whom traveled to China with Superintendent Tomback with the goal of expanding the world language program in Harford County.
– Mr. Sam Carnucci, of the HCPS Purchasing Department, successfully completed and passed the Certified Public Purchasing and Buying exam.
– Offered congratulations to Dyann Mack, assistant principal at Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School, on being named National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP). This organization traditionally selects an assistant principal of the year at the state level, but new this year, the recipient is recognized at the national level. The presentation of the MAESP Assistant Principal of the Year Award is being sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the Pearson Foundation. Ms. Mack will receive complimentary registration to the assistant principals’ conference and the annual conference in Ocean City, April 26-28, 2012 (includes registration and lodging for two nights). The NAESP is committed to preparing assistant principals to step into the principal role. Recognition for the exceptional leadership of the men and women who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of elementary schools instills pride in their accomplishments and reinforces their leadership in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.
Ryan Burbey says
I applaud the BoE and Dr. Tomback for not seeking a return of these funds.
Do you mean they have the money? Does that tell you anything?
Rob W says
If HCEA had been grateful in the first place, I’d have my bonus. I am quitting the union.
Me too Rob. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Brilliant! Bail from the union. What exactly would be gained from that? You’d save your dues, and that’s about it. Without the HCEA, do you really think that the Board of Ed & County Council will just change their ways and pour the love ($$$$$) on teachers?
Ryan Burbey says
We will be sorry to lose you. Think this situation through. HCEA is working hard to reach a fair settlement to this issue.
Rob W says
HCEA is doing nothing except dropping the ball at every turn. They were greedy and now we suffer.
While this fight is coming at a horrible time, and I may not agree with the way it’s been handled, to say that HCEA is dropping the ball at every turn is patently false. Did you read the statement from the arbitrator? The message sent to the BOE was settle this contract dispute now or we will settle it for you. The union and the teachers are on the brink of a big win, finally seeing the contract negotiated months ago put into place, with a much needed COLA and salary steps. I’ll take that over some highly-taxed “bonus” any day.
What I read was a statement from Randy and MSEA, not a statement from the Labor Board. How can we believe Randy if he misled the County Council and County ex. he would have no problem misleading us.
The same way you can believe a county council who was not truthful about Red Pump and how the state would still fund it even though they did not.
You are just going around in circles. You won’t believe the statement by the arbitrator because it came from Randy, but you will believe that he misled the county council based on comments from Ms. Lisanti. What is the threshold for “truth”?
Their has definitely by some politicking going on for both sides, but what motive does Randy have for misrepresenting the Labor Board when he is so close to a victory?
Try the word “there.” Are you a teacher also?
ugh…. online grammar police. generally people pick on grammar when they have nothing more intelligent to add to the discussion.
Useless, don’t get mad at the grammar police. Get mad at someone who tells you that she is a teacher and misuses a word that 7th graders know how to use. Teachers sometimes have a superior attitude that causes them to lose support.
hcps worker says
i dont think that they would want to go into bank accounts and get this money back causing people to overdraft. causing big financial problems this would be a disaster
They actually can’t just take it back. They don’t have authorization to withdrawl money they sent. They can ask you to write them a check back or dock your next paycheck.
Ryan Burbey says
Teachers and other County employees in Harford County are having some serious problems and are under attack by their government. This is what County Executive David Craig thinks about teachers and recovering their lost salary steps (I’ve lost $12,000 during the salary freeze)…
“I will not tolerate one group trying to outfox the others, nor will I tolerate one group trying to obligate taxpayers to a reoccurring expense based on the availability of one-time money.”
Does that sound like he ever intends to provide the funds to maintain teachers’ salaries and benefits. Help us in our fight for fairness. Contact him at his campaign office, call him or post to his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DavidRCraig. Let him know what you think.
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