The Harford County Board of Education plans a March 24th business meeting to include recognition of top student athletes, proposed changes to the school calendar policy, and an update on a planned analysis of school facilities.
First on the agenda, the Board will recognize the following student athletes and teams that won state championships or sportsmanship awards for the winter sports season.
The C. Milton Wright High School girls swim team won the Class 3A/2A/1A Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (MPSSAA) championship with coach Cathy Bendis and team members Erika Abshire, Anne Capozzoli, Jillian Carter, Megan Cowan, Maggie Gallagher, Courtney Gangl, Jamie Hurz, Lindsey Jackson, Gabby Jordan, Julia O’Mara, Lauren O’Mara, Lauren Rutherford and Erika Slotnick.
The Patterson Mill High School girls basketball team won the 2A MPSSAA state championship with Holly Ismail (head coach); Brian Tallon and Mike West (assistant coaches); and team members Stephanie Ehly, Kate Ekhart, Khayla Mitchell, Samantha Herman, Emily Regester, Chyna Latimer, Anastasia Barnes, Qalea Ismail, Samantha Ditmar, Delaney Damico and Gabrielle Chenworth.
Individual state winners for swimming were: Erika Abshire, Julia O’Mara, Gabby Jordan, and Anne Capozzoli (200-yard medley relay); Megan Cowan (200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle relay); Lauren Rutherford, Erika Slotnick, Lauren O’Mara, and Megan Cowan (400-yard freestyle relay); Julia O’Mara, Megan Cowan, Lauren Rutherford, and Lauren O’Mara (200-yard freestyle relay); and Lauren O’Mara (100-yard breaststroke) all from C. Milton Wright High for Class 3A/2A/1A.
Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference (UCBAC) Sportsmanship award winners were: the North Harford High School boys basketball team and the Bel Air High School wrestling team for the Chesapeake Division; the Harford Technical High boys basketball team and the C. Milton Wright High wrestling team for the Susquehanna Division; and the Harford Technical High School boys and girls swim teams.
Next on the agenda, the Board is set to approve a lengthy consent agenda, including the monthly report on personnel who have left the school system, been placed on leaves of absence, or are newly employed. The complete personnel report can be accessed via the link published below.
The consent agenda also includes contract award recommendations for the following projects:
• Fallston High School Systemic HVAC Renovation: As the lowest responsive and responsible base bidder on the construction contract, Phillips Way, Inc. is recommended for a contract award totaling $13,406,000.
• New World History Textbooks for High School: Education publisher Pearson Education Inc. is recommended for a $231,952.38 contract award for Prentice Hall World History textbooks and related support materials to replace ten-year-old books currently in use. Copyright materials are not competitively bid. A HCPS committee of social studies educators recommended the new books to align with the revised World History curriculum being implemented next school year.
• New Exterior Doors for Aberdeen Middle School: Hayes Construction of Phoenix, MD is recommended for a $243,353.61 contract award to remove and replace all existing exterior doors at the school. The contracting vehicle for this project is University of Maryland, On-Call Contracting Services Contract #C-00634.
• Norrisville Elementary School HVAC Systemic Renovation: Lowest responsive and responsible base bidder Towson Mechanical, Inc. is recommended for a contract award totaling $2,693,400.
• Magnolia Middle School Riparian Forest Buffer Planting: This joint project between HCPS and the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning will include student participation in tree plantings on school property to expand the riparian buffer along a stream of the Gunpowder River. Funding for the $9,838 project is to be provided by a state grant.
• North Harford High School Forest Buffer Planting: Similar to the Magnolia Middle project above, this project will involve North Harford High students in expanding the riparian buffer along a stream that drains into Broad Creek. Funding for the $5,780 project will come from state grants.
• Upgrades to Building Automation Systems at 20 schools: Devices that monitor and control HVAC systems will get a $397,354 upgrade in a proposed contract award to Johnson Controls, Inc. According to the published proposal, “The new system will enhance the security and compatibility of all components. It will allow additional control for adjustments at each school location….HCPS currently has a [Johnson Controls] server located in [the HCPS Office of Technology and Information Services]. In order to have communication throughout the system, the controls need to be Johnson Controls equipment.”
• Fallston High School Baseball Scoreboard Replacement: The Cougar Boosters Club is requesting approval of its plan to buy a wireless Daktronics baseball scoreboard to replace the existing scoreboard, which is reportedly beyond repair. The booster club will pay the entire cost of the $10,425 project.
Next on the meeting agenda, Jean Mantegna, assistant superintendent for human resources, will present for Board action the names of candidates recommended by Superintendent Barbara Canavan for promotion and/or appointment.
Presentations on the meeting agenda include a recommendation that the Board appoint attorney and retired law school professor Jerome E. Deise to a five-year term to fill a vacancy on the Board Ethics Panel. The five-member panel is charged with implementing the Board Ethics Policy.
Next, General Counsel Patrick Spicer will present a proposed policy revision that discontinues the annual formation of a calendar committee in favor of seeking general public input in developing the school calendar.
Under the current School Calendar Policy, the Board annually appoints selected school and community representatives to an ad hoc calendar committee. The committee then develops a recommended school calendar that meets the many federal, state and local requirements affecting school days and holidays.
The proposed policy revision would require the Board to seek general public input on calendar development, with an input window of no less than 60 days prior to the annual approval of a school calendar. In addition, the lead time for Board approval would be cut from the current 14 month minimum to no later than 8 months before the start of the affected school year.
Next on the meeting agenda is a status report on the Countywide Facilities Master Plan including public school facilities. The framework for the countywide plan is to be based on an independent analysis of facility conditions and functionality, and prioritization of critical needs. No further information was published as of press time for this agenda item.
Last on the meeting agenda is a report from Superintendent Canavan.
The March 24th board business meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the A.A. Roberty Building in Bel Air, with a public comment period scheduled for 6:50 p.m. The complete published agenda appears below. Please note that published agendas are subject to change.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Board Open Session – 5:25 PM – Board Room
Board Closed Session – 5:30 PM – Board Executive Conference Room
Board Business Meeting – 6:30 PM – Board Room
*Times are approximate
Call to Order – Mrs. Nancy Reynolds, President
Quorum Roll Call
Adoption of Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Recognition MPSSAA state winners (Goal 2)
6:50 PM Public Comment
7:05 PM Board Member Reports and Comments
7:20 PM A. Consent Agenda:
1) Monthly Report on Personnel (Goal 3)
2) Minutes of Previous Board Business Meeting: March 10 2014 (Goals 1 – 4)
3) Contract for Benefits Enrollment Services (Goal 3)
4) Contract Award: Fallston High School HVAC Renovation (Goal 4)
5) Contract Award: Social Studies Resources for High Schools (Goal 1)
6) Contract Award: Aberdeen Middle School Exterior Doors and Hardware (Goal 4)
7) Contract Award: Norrisville Elementary School HVAC Renovation (Goal 4)
8) School Sponsored Project: Magnolia Middle School Riparian Forest Buffer Planting (Goal 4)
9) School Sponsored Project: North Harford High School Riparian Forest Buffer Planting (Goal 4)
11) Fallston High School Scoreboard Replacement
– Installation Wireless Baseball Scoreboard (Goal 4)
7:25 PM B. Decision on Appointments and Promotions, Mrs. Jean A. Mantegna (Goal 3)
7:45 PM C. Candidate for Board of Education Ethics Panel Position, Patrick P. Spicer, Esq. (Goals 1 – 4)
7:50 PM D. Presentation on HCPS Board Policy: Patrick P. Spicer, Esq. (Goals 1-4)
– School Calendar (No. 20-0002-000)
8:10 PM E. Status of Countywide Facilities Master Plan, Mr. Cornell S. Brown
– Board Informational Report
– PowerPoint Presentation
8:40 PM F. Superintendent’s Report
8:50 PM Future Meetings Review