The February 27 meeting agenda for the Harford County Board of Education includes a recommendation that the Board oppose Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposed shift of teacher pension costs from the state to local governments.
Kathy Carmello, government relations coordinator for HCPS, will provide Board members with an update on several Maryland bills affecting education, including the proposed state budget bill that shifts a portion of teacher pension costs from the state to local governments beginning next year. When combined with new retirement costs for local library and community college employees, the proposed shift is estimated to cost Harford County an extra $9.8 million in fiscal year 2013, increasing to an estimated $14.7 million by 2017. Recommending on behalf of Superintendent Robert Tomback that the Harford County School Board oppose the state budget bill, the published report from Ms. Carmello concludes, “…this shift would have a devastating impact on counties and school districts that are already facing significant fiscal challenges.”
Superintendent Tomback will recommend that school board members support a bill that would allow public and private sector employees to use unpaid leave to attend parent-teacher conferences and special education meetings.
Maryland Delegate Pat McDonough, representing portions of Harford and Baltimore counties, has sponsored a bill that would include placing requirements on public school systems to ensure that “unauthorized aliens” do not perform work related to government contracts or grants. Superintendent Tomback will recommend that the Board take no position on the bill, citing the HCPS requirement that contractors comply with the federal law that prohibits the use of illegal immigrant labor to fulfill government contracts.
Also on the February 27 agenda are several recognitions. Levin Heath will be inducted into the HCPS Educator Hall of Fame; Ring Factory Elementary School will be recognized as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School; Prospect Mill Elementary School will be recognized for receiving a state award for excellence in gifted and talented education, and Board members will recognize a number of teachers who have recently earned National Board Certification.
Agenda action items include a decision on promotions and appointments to be proposed at the meeting by Superintendent Robert Tomback.
Board members will receive a financial report for the quarter ending December 31, 2011 that includes a mid-fiscal year status report on operating revenues and expenditures, expenditures by school, and a report on capital project balances.
A presentation on a revised Board Ethics Policy is planned. Revisions are proposed in keeping with recent changes in state ethics law.
As always, the meeting will conclude with a report by Superintendent Tomback.
Below is the published, February 27 meeting agenda for the Harford County Board of Education. The meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air. The public comment period begins at 6:55 p.m. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
A.A. Roberty Building
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Telephone: 410-838-7300 FAX: 410-893-2478
Customer Action Line (24 hours): 410-638-0022
Web Site: http://www.hcps.org
February 27, 2012
6:30 P.M. Call to Order – Dr. Leonard D. Wheeler, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
*6:35 P.M. Recognition
• HCPS Educator Hall of Fame – Levin Heath
• Maryland Blue Ribbon School – Ring Factory Elementary School
• 2011 HCPS National Board Certified Teachers
• Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education School Award – Prospect Mill Elementary School
*6:55 P.M. Public Comment
*7:05 P.M. Introductions
*7:10 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
*7:25 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1) Minutes of Previous Meetings: (Goal 1-4)
• February 13, 2012
2) Monthly Report on Personnel (Goal 3)
3) Proposed Resolutions: (Goal 3)
• National Music in our Schools and Youth Art Month
• Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day
*7:30 P.M. B. Decision on Promotions and Appointments, Dr. Robert M. Tomback (Goal 3)
*8:00 P.M. D. Presentation on Quarterly Financial Report for December 31, 2011, Mr. James M. Jewell (Goal 3)
*8:25 P.M. F. Superintendent’s Report
Future Meetings Review