From the Harford County Board of Education:
The Board of Education of Harford County met in an open business meeting on Monday, March 28, 2011, in the Board Room of the HCPS/A.A. Roberty Building and took the following actions or received the following presentations:
Amended the agenda to change Item A-2: Decision on Contract Award for Fleet Vehicles I, Decision on Contract Award for Fleet Vehicles II, to take the item out of the Consent Agenda and place it in New Business to allow for discussion.
Recognized the following:
– HCPS Educator Hall of Fame Inductee: Mrs. Janet Inners
– Champions of Courage Essay Contest Winner: Ms. Glory Mgbogi
During Board Comments, Board President Mark M. Wolkow announced that he will be resigning from the Board of Education as of June 30, 2011 in order to pursue a career opportunity with his employer, National Security Administration, as the Director of Education Outreach. Mr. Wolkow has served on the Board for over nine years. The Board position will be filled on July 1, 2011 through an appointment by the Governor.
Approved the Consent Agenda:
Minutes of Previous Meetings: February 28, 2011 Board Business Meeting
– Decision on School/Organization Sponsored Project – Hickory Elementary School and Forest Hill Elementary School – Bioretention and Rain Garden Facilities
– Decision on Furniture Acquisition for Red Pump Elementary
Proposed Resolutions on:
– Awarded the contract to Baltimore Freightliner to replace an aging fleet of vehicles to handle ongoing needs of the Facilities Department.
– Approved the award of contract to Hickory International, Inc. to replace a Forestry Truck. Both vehicles will be paid for through the Capital Budget.
– Approved the appointment of Mr. Edward B. Fields, III as Director of Budget.
– Approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to return $2,994,401 to the County in compliance with the County Executive’s request. Money given back will be comprised of one-time revenue from Medicare Part D reimbursements, cost-savings in energy management, health insurance savings due to changes in enrollment, and money saved from vacant positions.
– Received a Legislative Update from Coordinator of Government Relations Kathy Carmello regarding the status of bills that the Board has already taken positions on thus far this year. The update information was current as of March 26, 2011.
Superintendent’s Report: Recognized the individuals involved in the planning and implementation of the Futures11 Conference that was held last Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Harford Community College. The conference helps prepare our juniors for life after high school, in particular the opportunities available to them in Harford County. Also, acknowledged all event sponsors and participants in the sessions.