The Harford County Board of Education plans a business meeting on November 11th to include proposals on a new U.S. History textbook for high school, technology upgrades for Edgewood and Fallston middle schools, capital budget amendments for the fiscal year 2015, and the cancellation of a planned roof replacement at Havre de Grace High. The Board members will also hear presentations on the draft school calendar for next year, and the annual report on student achievement.
On the consent agenda, the Board is set to approve a $435,673 contract award to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers of Boston, MA, for Social Studies and Science textbooks and support materials for all middle and high schools. The contract will include licenses providing students with online access to textbooks and support resources. The online licenses provide a cost-effective alternative to buying new books, according to the published background report.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt contract also includes the purchase of a new high school U.S. History textbook entitled “American Anthem”, to support a revised curriculum going into effect in the 2014-15 school year. A committee comprised of ten HCPS Social Studies teachers, headed by their Supervisor George Toepfer, chose “American Anthem” for factors such as readability, historical accuracy, and diversity of viewpoints, according to the proposal.
Also on the consent agenda, the Board will approve contracts to purchase Wi-Fi network infrastructure and equipment for Edgewood and Fallston middle schools.
School officials recommend the contract awards to Skyline Technology Solutions, a Glen Burnie network integration firm, in the amount of $140,890.09 for Edgewood Middle School and $137,083.26 for Fallston Middle. According to the published background report, the funds will purchase Aruba Wi-Fi and Extreme Networks products to “meet the demands” at the identified schools. The cost basis for the products was established through a University System of Maryland MEEC (Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium) contract awarded to Skyline Network Engineering, LLC in September 2012.
In other action items, school officials will recommend Board approval of amendments to their capital budget request for the fiscal year 2015, following an October meeting with state funding authorities. The amendments will reduce the overall request by approximately $824,670 to $76,991,350 to reflect a one-year delay in the planned roof replacement for Churchville Elementary School. The delay will allow the project to become eligible for state funding. Further details on the budget amendments for fiscal year 2015 appear below in the link to this agenda item.
In addition to the amendments to next year’s budget request, school officials are set to recommend that the Board cancel the planned roof replacement at Havre de Grace High School. According to the published recommendation, the state committed $830,000 toward the roof project, which was requested by the Board for fiscal year 2013. However, the Board more recently requested a new middle/high school replacement building for Havre de Grace that would require demolition of the existing high school facilities. State officials have advised that if the Board proceeds now with the roof replacement and the state also approves the new building, the $830,000 in state funding for the roof will be deducted from the maximum state allocation for the new building. Alternatively, cancelling the roof replacement will allow the $830,000 to be held in reserve for another HCPS FY 2015 project. Local funding for the roof project in the amount of $556,000 will also have to be reallocated.
Under new business, the calendar committee will present a draft of the school calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The draft sets August 25, 2014 as the first day of school, and identifies potential early dismissal, teacher planning, testing and vacation days. The draft calendar is subject to Board approval at a future meeting.
Officials from the HCPS Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment will provide the annual update on student achievement. According to the published background report, the Monday presentation will include the latest results from the state assessment program, SAT exams, AP participation and exams, and data on college readiness and enrollment.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Jim Jewell will present the quarterly financial report for the period ending September 30, 2013. According to the published presentation: “All budget accounts are within reason at this time and do not require any actions.” Revenue from newly enacted pay-to-play fees for high school athletics came in at $120,400 for the fall sports season, in line with expectations. Newly enacted fees for other student activities generated $7,950 during the period, however most student activities do not begin until after the first month of school.
As usual, the meeting will conclude with the superintendent’s report, provided on Monday by Interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan.
The November 11th meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air. The public comment period is set for 6:35 p.m.
The published agenda appears below. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Board Open Session – 5:40 PM – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 5:45 PM – Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 PM – Board Room
*Times are approximate
Call to Order – Mrs. Nancy Reynolds, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Public Comment
6:50 PM Board Committee Reports and Comments
7:05 PM A. Consent Agenda:
1) Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards (Goal 4)
2) Minutes of Previous Board Meeting: October 28, 2013(Goals 1 – 4)
7:10 PM B. Decision on Capital Improvement Program Amendments, Mr. Cornell S. Brown (Goal 4)
7:30 PM C. Presentation: Proposed 2014-15 Calendar, Ms. Teri Kranefeld (Goal 2)
7:50 PM D. Presentation: Achievement and Postsecondary Data, Dr. Susan P. Brown, Mr. Joesph A. Schmitz, Mr. Phillip E. Snyder, Ms. Susan Garrett (Goals 1 & 4)
8:10 PM E. Presentation: Quarterly Financial Report for the Period Ending September 30, 2013, Mr. James M. Jewell (Goal 4)
8:20 PM F. Superintendent’s Report
8:30 PM Future Meetings Review