A presentation on the recruitment and retention of staff and a report on an anonymous survey of teaching and learning conditions are among the items on the Harford County Board of Education’s October 10, 2011 meeting agenda.
Ms. Jean Mantegna, assistant superintendent of human resources, will provide school board members with a presentation on the recruitment and retention of staff. According to the published presentation, HCPS hired 404 staff members, including 197 teachers, in the twelve months ending August 30. Over 8,200 teacher applications were received, or an average of 42 applications for every teacher position filled. The teacher retention rate is reported at nearly 95%, among the highest in the metropolitan area.
Also on the agenda is an informational report on the state’s Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Survey. Intended to document the teaching and learning conditions in all Maryland schools, the voluntary and anonymous survey was offered in 2009 and again in 2011 to the state’s teachers and other school-based instructional staff, along with educational support personnel. Results for Harford County Public Schools as well as school-by-school results can be found here: http://www.tellmaryland.org/reports/
On the consent agenda is approval of a $106,163 maintenance contract for the school system’s 997-camera video surveillance system and a $148,583 contract to upgrade the auditorium sound system at Havre de Grace High School. Also on the consent agenda is an expenditure of $263,301 from the federal Race to the Top grant to upgrade the HCPS Student Information System.
A school board decision on promotions and appointments is also planned.
As always, the meeting will conclude with a report from Superintendent Robert M. Tomback.
Below is the published agenda for the October 10 meeting of the Harford County Board of Education. Published agendas are subject to change.
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
HCPS A. A. ROBERTY BUILDING
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014
Board Business Meeting – 7:00 P.M. – Board Room
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. Public Comment
*7:15 P.M. Introductions
*7:20 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
*7:35 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1) Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards (Goal 4 )
2) Contract Award for Maintenance of Video Surveillance System (Goal 3)
3) Auditorium Sound System Upgrade (Goal 3)
4) Upgrade of Student Information System (Goal 1)
5) Minutes of Previous Meetings: (Goal 1-4 )
• September 26, 2011
*7:40 P.M. B. Decision on Promotions and Appointments, Dr. Robert M. Tomback (Goal 3)
*7:50 P.M. C. Board Strategic Plan Update #1
• Presentation on Recruitment and Retention,
Ms. Jean A. Mantegna (Goal 3)
• Presentation on Tell Survey, Mr. William A. Lawrence (Goal 2)
*8:30 P.M. D. Superintendent’s Report
Future Meetings Review