The Harford County Board of Education will hold a business meeting on March 11th, including an update on preparations for the new math and language arts curriculum planned for all grades next year. Also on the March 11th agenda, Board members will be asked to amend their budget request for next year and approve appointments to the 2014-15 Calendar Committee.
Senior staffer Dr. Susan Brown will update Board members on preparations for the new state-mandated math and language arts curriculum being implemented next year in all grades, K – 12. The new curriculum is based the Common Core State Standards, which are planned to ensure that future high school graduates are career and college-ready. The new standards were approved by the Maryland State Board of Education in 2011, and have been adopted in a total of 45 states, plus the District of Columbia. Preparations include writing new curriculum and tests, educator training, and stakeholder communication.
Jim Jewell, associate superintendent of business services, will ask Board members to take action on several financial matters, the details of which were not included in the published agenda. The agenda cites Board approval of an amended budget request for the 2014 fiscal year, plus “Approval of Premium Holiday, Healthcare, Dental Care and OPEB [Other Post-Employment Benefits] Transfer, Approval of Supplemental Appropriation”
On the consent agenda, Board members will appoint the 2014-15 Calendar Committee. Each spring the Committee meets to recommend a calendar for two-years hence, based on parameters established by the Board. Prospective committee members were identified by the HCPS Communications Office in accordance with Board-established criteria.
Also on the consent agenda, two schools will get upgrades paid for by the Maryland Aging Schools Program. The parking lot at Roye Williams Elementary will be resurfaced under the program, including the bus loop, loading dock and other parking areas, at a cost of $235,109. Southampton Middle School will get a $113,027 storm drain replacement. Frank J. Goettner Construction Co., Inc. of Kingsville is slated to get both contracts, which “piggyback” onto established company contracts with Harford County Government.
Former School Board President Mark Wolkow will return to the boardroom, making a presentation on behalf of the Greater Excellence in Education Foundation. Wolkow is chair-elect of the non-profit foundation, which promotes and supports Harford County Public Schools.
As usual, the meeting will conclude with a report from Superintendent Robert Tomback.
The March 11th 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 set for 6:35 p.m.
Below is the published meeting agenda. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 PM – Board Room
*Times are approximate
Call to Order – Mr. Francis F. Grambo, III, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Public Comment
6:50 PM Introductions
7:00 PM Board Committee Reports and Comments
Presentation Greater Excellence in Education Foundation, (GEEF)
Ms. Debora Merlock, President, Mr. Mark Wolkow, Chair-Elect
7:30 PM A. Consent Agenda:
2) Minutes of Previous Board Meeting – February 25, 2013
7:35 PM B. Approval of Premium Holiday, Healthcare, Dental Care and OPEB Transfer, Approval of Supplemental Appropriation, Mr. James M. Jewell
7:50 PM C. Decision on FY2014 Amended Budget, Mr. James M. Jewell
8:05 PM D. Presentation of Common Core Standards, Part II, Dr. Susan P. Brown
8:25 PM E. Superintendent’s Report
8:35 PM Future Meetings Review