Employee promotions and appointments for next year, a decision on awarding high school credit to middle school math students, and a presentation on long range plans to improve and expand school facilities are among the items on the June 13 agenda of the Harford County Board of Education.
The last time Superintendent Robert M. Tomback sought approval for a proposed list of promotions and appointments, he got pushback from a majority of board members, who objected to having only a weekend to consider the list. Days later and following a rare emergency board meeting, Tomback’s list was approved without changes in a 5-2 vote. Another round of promotions and appointments are up for school board approval Monday.
School board members will also decide whether and how high school credit will be awarded when middle school students complete high school level courses in Algebra I and Geometry. Superintendent Tomback will recommend that students be awarded elective high school credit only, meaning that any such credits will not count toward the four high school math credits required for graduation. Also recommended by the superintendent, grades earned in middle school will be excluded from the calculation of high school grade point average and class rank. The new program is proposed to take effect for the 2011-12 school year.
Among the presentation items on the agenda, school board members will get a report on long term plans for school facilities, such as the modernization and renovation of existing school buildings. The plans also include a new elementary school on Schucks Road in Bel Air known as Campus Hills Elementary, and construction of a new middle school to relieve overcrowding in the Bel Air area – when the need arises and when county government can acquire the necessary land.
Not appearing in the planned presentation Monday, and still unknown, is where a major modernization of Havre de Grace High School will be inserted on the school board’s priority list. The Havre de Grace project had not been in the school board’s plans until $250,000 for a feasibility study was included by Harford County Executive David Craig in his proposed fiscal year 2012 budget and subsequently approved by the County Council. Craig’s move prompted behind-the-scenes discussions resulting in board approval of the project as part of the schools’ budgeted 2012 Capital Improvement Program.
The complete published agenda for the June 13 meeting of the Harford County Board of Education appears below. Published agendas are subject to change.
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
HCPS A. A. ROBERTY BUILDING
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014
Board Open Session – 6:00 P.M. – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 6:05 P.M. Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 7:00 P.M. – Board Room
7:00 P.M. Call to Order – Mark M. Wolkow, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
*7:05 P.M. Recognition
• Musical Composition Contest Winners
• 2011 Spring MPSSAA Interscholastic State Champions
• Destination Imagination Global Winners
*7:20 P.M. Public Comment
*7:30 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
*7:45 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1) Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards (Goal 3)
2) Monthly Report on Personnel (Goal 4)
3) Minutes of Previous Meetings: (Goal 3)
• May 23, 2011
• May 26, 2011
4) Resolution OPEB Investment Trust Agreement (Goal 3)
5) Decision on Copier Contract (Goal 3)
6) Decision on Computer Refresh Equipment (Goal 3)
7) Decision on Manufacturer Direct Food Products (Goal 3)
*7:50 P.M. B. Decision on Earning High School Credit for Mathematic Courses taken in Middle School,
Mr. William A. Lawrence (Goal 2)
*8:00 P.M. C. Decision on Amended FY2012 Budget, Mr. Edward Fields (Goal 3)
*8:10 P.M. D. Decisions on Promotions and Appointments, Dr. Robert M. Tomback (Goal 3)
*8:20 P.M E. Presentation of 2011 Educational Facilities Master Plan, Informational Report,
Capital Improvement Program Overview, Facilities Planning & Master Plan 2011,
Mr. Cornell S. Brown (Goal 3)
*8:40 P.M. F. Benefits Advisory Committee Status on 2010-2011 School Year, Mr. Jay Staab,
Mr. Brian Rheinhardt (Goal 3)
*9:00 P.M. G. Superintendent’s Report