Is money available in Harford County to pay for teacher raises in Harford County Public Schools? A presentation by the teachers’ union is expected to address that question at a May 21 business meeting of the Harford County Board of Education.
Also on the school board’s meeting agenda for Monday is a presentation outlining the expansion of science, technology, engineering and math education programs; a decision on the 2013-14 school calendar; approval of appointments and promotions; and approval of a contract to resurface the parking lot and bus loop at Magnolia Middle School.
A financial assessment of Harford County will be introduced by Randy Cerveny, president of the union representing teachers in Harford County Public Schools. Cerveny has called for union members to attend the May 21st presentation on the availability of county funds, which is expected to be given by the union’s outside financial expert, R.J. Pellicoro. For the current school year, the union had negotiated with the school board a 3% cost of living raise and other salary increases, but the raises weren’t funded by county government and the financial portion of the current contract remains in dispute. For fiscal year 2013, salary negotiations have taken place. However, no agreement has been announced and county funding has not yet been finalized.
Also at the May 21st school board meeting, school officials will make a presentation on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Harford County Public Schools. Citing expanding career opportunities in the region and a growing focus on STEM, the presentation includes the following announcements:
• “Engineering is Elementary” is now fully implemented in all elementary schools in grades one through five. This blended STEM curriculum reaches every student, every year during science instruction. Over 650 elementary teachers have received professional development to support the implementation of this curriculum
• “Project Lead the Way: Gateway to Technology (PLTW)” was introduced at Southampton and Havre de Grace Middle Schools in 2011/2012
• Edgewood Middle school will offer PLTW in 2012/2013
• C. Milton Wright and Aberdeen High Schools will offer “Project Lead the Way: Pathway to Engineering” in 2012/2013
• The Bio-Medical Science Program, currently at Bel Air High School, is expanding to Havre de Grace in 2013/2014
• A cybersecurity program will launch in 2013/2014 at Harford Technical High School
• A STEM Teacher Academy was created in 2010 providing college level training in the core sciences for thirty two teachers, grades 3 through 8. Partners include Frostburg State University, Morgan State University, Towson University and UMBC
• A National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) partnership with Boeing and Department of Defense will be implemented for the next three years at Aberdeen High School and Havre de Grace High School
• Partnerships with community organizations will result in events such as STEM Nights and teacher professional development
Also on the agenda for May 21st, Superintendent Robert Tomback is expected to announce promotions and appointments that will be considered for approval by the board at the meeting.
In other business, school board members will be asked to approve a previously proposed school calendar for the 2013-14 school year.
On the consent agenda, school board members will approve a contract award in the amount of $173,116.65 to Frank J. Goettner Construction of Kingsville for resurfacing the parking lot and bus loop area at Magnolia Middle School. The contract is to be 95% funded by the State of Maryland, Aging Schools Program, with the balance to be funded from the HCPS Facilities Management capital improvement budget.
Also on the consent agenda is a monthly report on personnel who have left the school system; have been placed on leaves of absence; or are newly employed. Members of the Citizen Advisory Committees for next year will also be approved. Board sponsored citizen advisory committees provide community feedback on family life education; career and technology education; gifted and talented education; special education, and safety and security in HCPS.
A number of staff and student recognitions are planned:
• Following 40 years of service, Terry La Porte will be inducted into the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame.
• Havre de Grace High School senior Anthony Cofrancesco will be recognized for his service as the student representative on the school board.
• Students who served on Superintendent’s 2012 Student Advisory Council will be recognized for their service. Students on the council meet with Superintendent Tomback four times during the school year to discuss how decisions affect students throughout Harford County Public Schools.
• Five students from Harford County Public Schools will be recognized as winners from the 2012 State Leadership Conference of the Maryland State Future Business Leaders of America. The five state winners are: Bel Air High School tenth grade student Michael Koscinski, who placed first in Introduction to Business; seniors Daniel Arguero and Nick Julian who placed first in Marketing; senior Michael Adams who placed second in e-Business; and senior Brandon Tesar, who placed second in Sports Marketing.
• Four students from Bel Air High School will be recognized as state winners and national qualifiers from the 2012 Maryland State DECA Career Development Conference. DECA is an international association of students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, marketing, sales and service. The state winners and national qualifiers were seniors: Daniel Arguero, who finished first in Principles of Marketing; Nicholas Gardner, who finished first in Personal Selling; and the team of Jefferson Daeschner and Trevor DeMarco, who finished second in Business Law and Ethics.
Also on the agenda is a presentation by Dr. Jonathan D. Brown, director of community engagement, equity, and cultural pro?ciency.
As always, the meeting will conclude with a presentation by Superintendent Tomback.
Below is the published May 21st meeting agenda for the Harford County Board of Education. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air. A public comment period is scheduled for 6:50 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
May 21, 2012
Board Closed Session – 5:45 P.M. – Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 P.M. – Board Room
6:30 P.M. Call to Order – Dr. Leonard D. Wheeler, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 P.M. Recognition
• Hall of Fame – Terry LaPorte
• 2011-12 Student Representative to the Board of Education – Anthony B. Cofrancesco
• Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council Members
• Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
• Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) State Winners
6:50 P.M. Public Comment
7:00 P.M. Introductions
7:05 P.M. Board Committee Reports and Comments
7:20 P.M. A. Consent Agenda:
1) Monthly Report on Personnel (Goal 3 )
2) Minutes of Previous Meeting: May 7, 2012 (Goal 1-4)
3) Decision on Approval of Citizen Advisory Committee Memberships (Goal 3)
4) Decision on Contract Award for 2012 Aging Schools Program Resurfacing Project at Magnolia Middle School (Goal 4)
5) Proposed Resolutions: (Goal 3)
• Anthony B. Cofrancesco
7:25 P.M. B. Decision on the 2013-14 Calendar, Ms. Teri Kranefeld (Goal 2)
7:35 P.M. C. Decision on Appointments and Promotions, Dr. Robert M. Tomback (Goal 3)
7:45 P.M. D. STEM Education in Harford County, Mr. William A. Lawrence, Mr. Andrew Renzulli (Goal 3)
8:05 P.M. E. Update on Cultural Proficiency, Dr. Jonathan D. Brown (Goal 2)
8:25 P.M. F. Financial Assessment of Harford County, Mr. Randy Cerveny, President, Harford County Education Association (HCEA)
8:45 P.M. G. Superintendent’s Report
Future Meetings Review