The Harford County Board of Education will hold a business meeting on May 7th that is planned to include a vote on appointments and promotions; an HVAC replacement project for Jarrettsville Elementary School; a transfer to the county of school-owned property on Schucks Road, and a quarterly financial report.
According to the published May 7th meeting agenda, Superintendent Robert Tomback will recommend appointments and promotions that are to be announced at the meeting and presented at that time for board approval.
Also on the agenda, the superintendent will recommend board approval of a $3, 778,000 contract award to Roy Kirby & Sons, Inc., for an HVAC replacement project at Jarrettsville Elementary School. Funding for the project was provided by Harford County government in fiscal year 2011.
Harford County government has requested that two small sections of property owned by the school board be conveyed to the county to facilitate a road improvement project along Schucks Road in Bel Air. The two parcels cover approximately one-tenth of an acre each, and are part of a larger piece of property owned by the school system under a previous grant from the county. Superintendent Tomback will recommend that the school board approve the transfer of the two parcels in light of a determination by school officials that they are not needed for school purposes.
A number of items that originally appeared on the April 30th agenda are back on the agenda for May 7th.
Reintroducing an item that was removed from the published April 30th agenda, Superintendent Tomback will recommend a contract award to Dixie Construction in the amount of $991,941 for the Cedarwood Gravity Sewer Project at Red Pump Elementary School. The contract amount includes an option to construct a 30 by 44 ft. pavilion for the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation; the county department has agreed to fund the $87,250 cost of the option.
Board members approved a transfer of $210,000 between capital accounts at the April 30th meeting that appears to be up for amendment on the May 7th agenda. The May 7th “amended decision” is to fund software for business systems as originally approved on April 30th, but the source of funds on the amended decision is changed from funds left over in the capital account for the planned Campus Hills Elementary School, to funds left over from capital projects at Joppatowne Elementary and Harford Tech High.
A decision on a sole source contract that was tabled by board members at the April 30th meeting is back for consideration on May 7th. Board members sought more time to study a recommendation by Superintendent Tomback to award a contract to Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc., in the amount of $380,386 per year, with an annual renewal option for a possible total of three years. The contract is for on-site professional development services to improve student performance in reading and math at each of the five Title I elementary schools in HCPS : William Paca/Old Post Road, Magnolia, Hall’s Cross Roads, George D. Lisby and Havre de Grace Elementary. According to the published agenda exhibits, the Young Audience’s program has been used successfully in two of the schools for the past two years, and a sole source contract is recommended because of the “specialized and unique nature of this program.” The contract is to be financed with grant funding.
Board members will receive a financial report for the period ending March 30, 2012. According to the published report, overall revenue in the unrestricted fund was within expectations. Due to low prevailing interest rates on cash balances, interest income was much lower than expected. However, the report indicates that “Other revenue” was significantly over budget: “Included in Other revenue are tuition, facility rental, e-rate rebates, Medicare Part D subsidies, insurance dividends, and settlement payments from health and dental insurance carriers. A significant portion of Other revenue is a payment to HCPS for Medicare Part D subsidies in the amount of $1,000,008. Medicare Part D subsidies and insurance settlements are one-time revenues that are not budgeted due to uncertainty of receipt each year.”
Expenditures in the unrestricted fund were within expectations, according to the report.
School board members will recognize a number of achievements by members of the HCPS community.
The Aberdeen High School Dance Company will be recognized for winning five national championships at the “2012 Cheer Ltd at Canam National Cheer and Dance Team” competition. The team was awarded championship titles in senior hip hop, senior jazz, senior lyrical, senior variety and senior open. In addition to their first place titles, the team also placed fourth in senior “pom”.
Baton twirling champion and Joppatowne Elementary School fifth grader Lexi Maust will be recognized as the winner of a world title at the 2012 National Baton Twirling Association World Championships held in Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Patterson Mill High School wrestling Coach Ryan Arist will be recognized as the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Association (UCBAC) and Bayside Coach of the Year.
Board members will congratulate two HCPS gifted and talented instructors who have been selected to receive Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS) MEGGY awards. Marcia Cole of Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School won a MEGGY in the “Learning Environment Opportunities/Programming for Demonstrating Academic and/or Creative Talent” category. Terri Fraer of Havre de Grace Elementary School won a MEGGY for “Outstanding Educator in the Field of Gifted and Talented Education.”
Parent volunteer Carmen Kifer, from Youth’s Benefit Elementary School, will be recognized for being chosen as one of 24 semifinalists in the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Awards.
As always, the meeting will conclude with a report from Superintendent Tomback.
The May 7th board business meeting is set to begin a 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air. The public comment period is scheduled for 7:20 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
May 7, 2012
*Times are Approximate
7:00 P.M. Call to Order – Dr. Leonard D. Wheeler, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
7:05 P.M. Recognition
• 2012 UCBAC and Bayside Coach of the Year – Ryan Arist
• 2012 Cheer Ltd. Aberdeen Dance Team Champions
• 2012 Maryland Educators of Gifted Students – MEGGY Awards
• 2012 Parent Involvement Matters Award – Carmen Kifer Semi-Finalist
• 2012 National World Baton Twirling Association World Championships
7:20 P.M. Public Comment
7:30 P.M. Introductions
7:35 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
7:45 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1) Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards (Goal 4)
2) Minutes of Previous Meetings: (Goal 1-4)
• April 30, 2012
3) Decision on Award of Contract: Jarrettsville Elementary School – HVAC Systemic Replacement Project (Goal 4)
7) Decision on Contract: Instructional Professional Development Program (Goal 1)
7:50 P.M. B. Decision on Appointments and Promotions, Dr. Robert M. Tomback (Goal 3)
7:55 P.M. C. Presentation on March 31, 2012 Quarterly Financial Report, Mr. James M. Jewell (Goal 3)
8:15 P.M. D. Superintendent’s Report
Future Meetings Review