What’s next for demoted high school principals Tom Szerensits of Aberdeen and Macon Tucker of Joppatowne, and for their respective schools? The answers might be revealed at the next meeting of the Harford County Board of Education.
Near the bottom of the May 23 agenda is an item on as-yet unspecified personnel changes planned by Superintendent Robert Tomback – changes which could involve Szerensits and Tucker. Tomback told the pair in April that they would not be principals after this school year and they would instead be transferred to other positions. Tomback’s move also opened up the two high school principal spots, which could be filled at the meeting Monday night. Finally, with the ink barely dry on David Volrath’s letter of resignation, and the posting to fill his job as executive director of high school performance opened and closed within about one week, a replacement for the retiring head of the county’s ten public high schools might be among the appointments up for approval by the school board.
Also on the agenda for May 23 is a decision on the adoption of unnamed “County Approved Capital Projects for the FY2012 Budget” – likely referring to two Havre de Grace High School projects initiated by Harford County Executive David Craig and approved by the county council last week. The projects are a $250,000 feasibility study that would put Havre de Grace High School in line for a complete modernization or replacement, and $1 million for improvements to the school’s athletic field facilities.
Among the upgrades to school facilities awaiting contract approval are parking lot resurfacings for Aberdeen Middle School, Bel Air Middle School, North Harford High School, C. Milton Wright High School and Magnolia Elementary School. Contracts for new roofs – one for North Bend Elementary and another for the addition at Prospect Mill Elementary – are awaiting the go-ahead, along with a replacement of the HVAC system at Havre de Grace High. A contract to refurbish the entrance canopies at Wakefield Elementary and Bel Air Middle is also up for school board approval.
Transfers are planned within the current, fiscal year 2011 operating budget to offset higher than expected fuel and other costs.
An update on cultural proficiency is planned, along with a presentation on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Several student groups will be recognized for their achievements and Caitlin Dooling of C. Milton Wright High School, who is concluding her year as the student representative to the school board, will receive a proclamation.
Below is the published May 23 agenda for the Harford County Board of Education. Published agendas are subject to change:
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
HCPS A. A. ROBERTY BUILDING
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014
Board Closed Session – 5:45 P.M. Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 P.M. – Board Room
6:30 P.M. Call to Order – Mark M. Wolkow, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
*6:35 P.M. Recognition
• Young Authors Writing Contest Winners
• Superintendent’s 2011 Student Advisory Council
• Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Winners
• Patterson Mill High School DECA State Winners
• National Financial Capability Challenge Winners
• E-Cybermission State Winners
*6:45 P.M. Public Comment
*7:00 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
*7:15 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1.) Board Resolution on: Miss Caitlin Dooling
2.) Monthly Report on Personnel, Tenure Recommendations (Goal 4)
3.) Minutes of Previous Meetings: (Goal 3)
• April 26, 2011
• May 9, 2011
4.) Decision on Contract Award for Havre de Grace High School HVAC System Replacement – Phase 1, Bid Tab Sheet , List of Alternates (Goal 3)
5.) Decision on Contract Award for Chiller Replacement at Havre de Grace High School (Goal 3)
Action Item(s): (Continued)
6.) Decision on Contract Award for Prospect Mill Elementary School Addition Roof Replacement, Bid Tab Sheet (Goal 3)
7.) Decision on Contract Award for 2011 Aging Schools Program Resurfacing Project at Magnolia Elementary School (Goal 3)
8.) Decision on Distributor Food Project Bid (Goal 3)
9.) Decision on Contract Award for Parking Lot Resurfacing Project at C. Milton Wright (Goal 3)
10.) Decision on Contract Award for Parking Lot Resurfacing Projects at Aberdeen Middle School, Bel Air Middle School and North Harford High School (Goal 3)
11.) Decision on Playground Equipment for Red Pump Elementary School (Goal 3)
*7:20 P.M. B. Decision on Adoption of County Approved Capital Projects for the FY2012 Budget
Mr. Cornell S. Brown, Jr. (Goal 3)
*8:00 P.M. D. Decision on Contract Award for North Bend Elementary School Roof Replacement, Bid Tab Sheet (Goal 3)
*8:15 P.M. E. STEM Education in Harford County, Mr. Andrew Renzulli, Ms. Joan Michel,
Mr. Gary Martin (Goal 3)
*8:55 P.M. G. Decision on Transfers between State Categories for the FY2011 Budget,
Mr. Edward B. Fields, Ms. Jeanine Ravenscraft (Goal 3)
*9:15 P.M. H. Decisions on Promotions and Appointments, Dr. Robert M. Tomback,
Announcement of Transfers (Informational) (Goal 4)
*9:30 P.M. I. Superintendent’s Report