The Harford County Board of Education cancelled a special business meeting planned for last week to discuss budget matters, seeking more time to review the proposed county funding levels for schools that were released on March 30 by County Executive David Craig. In the meantime, a Board business meeting is planned for April 10th to include recognition of the finalists for Teacher of the Year, approval of several contract awards, and a decision on a revised Board Ethics Policy.
Christina D. O’Neill will be recognized as the Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013, along with finalists Ronald O. Burke, music teacher at Patterson Mill High School; Kelly A. Christ, English and dance teacher at Edgewood High School; Lauren M. Duell, William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School fifth grade teacher, and Kristina J. Marzullo, English teacher at C. Milton Wright High School.
Ms. O’Neill, a language arts teacher at Bel Air Middle School, will represent Harford County in the competition for Maryland Teacher of the Year. The state winner will be announced in October.
Also on the April 10th agenda, school officials will seek Board approval for a contract award in the amount of $114,700 to Action Electrical Contractors of Aberdeen to replace the fire alarm system at Prospect Mill Elementary School. Board approval will also be requested for a $134,830 contract award to DSM Properties to construct stadium accessibility upgrades at Joppatowne High School and a $103,187 contract award to Partition Plus of Fallston to install 613 replacement gym lockers at Fallston High School.
A Board decision on a revised Ethics Policy is planned. Prompted by modifications to the Maryland public ethics law in 2010 and regulations issued in 2011 by the State Ethics Commission, a revised policy for Harford County Public Schools was proposed in February that would increase financial disclosure requirements for school board members and add to prohibitions involving conflicts of interest. Also included in the proposal is a reduction, from $50 to $20, in the value of unsolicited gifts that may be accepted.
As always, the meeting will conclude with a report from Superintendent Robert Tomback.
Below is the published agenda for the April 10th business meeting of the Harford County Board of Education. The meeting is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air; the public comment period is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HARFORD COUNTY
A.A. Roberty Building
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Telephone: 410-838-7300 FAX: 410-893-2478
Customer Action Line (24 hours): 410-638-0022
Web Site: http://www.hcps.org
April 10, 2012
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. Recognition Teacher of the Year Finalist
*7:20 P.M. Public Comment
*7:30 P.M. Introductions
*7:35 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
*7:45 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1) Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards (Goal 4)
2) Minutes of Previous Meetings: (Goal 1-4) March 26, 2012
3) Decision on Contract Award: Fire Alarm Replacement at Prospect Mill Elementary School (Goal 4)
4) Decision on Contract Award: Stadium Accessibility Upgrades at Joppatowne High School (Goal 4)
5) Decision on Contract Award: Replacement Gym Lockers – Fallston High School (Goal 4)
Action Item(s): Continued
*7:50P.M. B. Decision on Board Policy Revision: Ethics Policy (No. 12-0001-000), Patrick P. Spicer, Esq. (Goal 3)
*8:00 P.M. C. Superintendent’s Report
Future Meetings Review
*Times are approximate