Student Representative Report: Whild Lake High School
Earlier this week, I sent a message to the community regarding the uptick in hoax threats that schools are receiving, which largely are bomb or shooting threats. •These are not taken lightly and we respond to every single threat with the appropriate level of urgency and caution.• Every threat is investigated thoroughly by the school system and HCPD.
School-based Wellness Center Expansion of Services
Library A+ Partnership Celebration
Howard County Association of Supervisors and Administrators (HCASA) – APPOINTMENT
School Start Times: Implementation Plan Progress Report (Brian Nevin/Tom Platt, Decision Support Group LLC)
Howard County Public School System has received an unmodified opinion from our external auditor, which is included in the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
To support awareness of these efforts, our school district will participate in Unity Day on October 19th.
I am particularly proud that two of my recent Cabinet members were appointed to superintendency positions this year. Dr. Monifa McKnight was named Superintendent in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Dr. Theo Cramer was named Superintendent in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
Proclamation: Substance Abuse Prevention Month
Proclamation: LGBTQ+ History Month
Proclamation: National School Lunch Week
Curriculum and Instructional Resources – 2022 Update
appointment: Judith Jones, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Jennifer Hlavka, Coordinator of National Board Certification and Teacher Career Pathways, Dee Lake, Coordinator of Assessment.
update on the e-ticket GoVan system.
filled 99% certified positions.
working on improving hiring process.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Plan
Naming of High School #13 Charter
Policy 8020- Grading and Reporting: Middle & High School
“Beginning with students who were in grade 9 in school year 2021 – 2022, to be promoted to grade 12, students must have at least fourteen credits including two English credits and two mathematics credits, have successfully passed Health I and Lifetime Fitness, and have three years of high school attendance.”
*Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2024 Capital Budget & FY 2025-2029 Capital Improvement Program
Two candidates for SMOB election: Oliver Song and Abisola Ayoola from Wilde Lake High School
For Unvaccinated Staff and Volunteers, they will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing. •Additionally, we announced that school visitors and volunteers will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination before entering the school building.
The quarantine policy keeps the same.
Dr. Martirano will provide guidance on how to reduce screen time shortly.
Howard County Association of Supervisors and Administrators (HCASA)
Approve the recommendations for installation of relocatable units for the school year 2022–2023. In total, there are 212 units, 255 class room spaces and 7650 seats for the portables.
Blueprint Local Flexibility – Low Performing Schools
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future requires the annual identification of schools with low performance to initiate $7,000 incentive pay for Nationally Board Certified (NBC) teachers at those schools. Schools selected would be designated as low performing for the 2022-2023 school year.
Elementary School: Cradlerock, Swansfield, Middle School: Harper’s Choice, Lake Elkhorn, Oakland Mills, Wild Lake, High School: Oakland Mils, and Homewood Center.
School Start Times Format/Template (Brian Nevin; Tom Platt, Decision Support Group LLC) – REPORT
Student Representative Report: Centennial High School
Promotion of Tammy Jones to principal, Lime Kiln Middle School
Covid update: none of the metrics the health department has been regularly tracking to inform COVID‐related decisions are in the red or danger zone.
Tents will come back to all elementary schools
Field trips: overnight and school‐to‐school field trips may now resume. One factor that may still result in a denial of an overnight field trip is if it is to an area of the country that has been identified as a COVID “hot spot”.
Student‐Athlete Vaccination and Testing: we are discontinuing the weekly testing requirement for student‐athletes who have not confirmed their vaccination status.
End of Year activities: Schools are planning in‐person end‐of year activities this spring. This includes celebration and promotional opportunities. Additionally, proms and graduations will be occurring in‐person
Howard County Education Association
Incentive Pay Discussion for NBC teachers at Low Performing Schools
The board discussed $7,000 incentive pay for Nationally Board Certified (NBC) teachers at low performing schools, following Blueprint for Maryland legislation. The eight schools are: Cradlerock ES, Swansfield ES, Harper’s Choice MS, Lake Elkhorn MS, Oakland Mills MS, Wilde Lake MS, Oakland Mills HS, Homewood.
Portable Classroom Discussion
The board discussed portables for Bollman Bridge ES, West Friendship ES, Folly Quarter MS, Mount View MS . In total there are 212 units, 255 class room spaces, 7650 seats in HCPSS. The motion failed. We will have discussions in the next board meeting.
topics copied: discipline discrepancy, mental health support need.
Current legal counsel Mr. Mark Blom is retiring. Thanks for his service. We are hiring J. Stephen Cowles as our new general counsel.
Employee bonus 1800 dollars
covid positivity rate is 11.22% and 7-day average was 48.34
Dashboard data update: use Synergy to synchronize. only show cases took place in HCPSS.
HCHD updated quarantine protocols: 5-day
At home test kit distribution: purchased 66000 units will be distributed to every student and staff member.
Mask update: keep the mask mandate now
Technology update: 7850 more chromebooks will arrive earlier.
President’s Day Inclement weather makeup (Monday Feb 21, 2022)
Juneteenth National Independence Day: June 20, 2022 school will be closed. If the board choose to use President’s Day as an inclement weather make-up day, then students will not be scheduled to be in school on Monday, June 20th. However, if an additional inclement weather days are required, we will need one more inclement weather day on June 22, 2022.
Valuing all people.
2017 Office of Civil Rights Accessibility Audit closure.
Howard County Association of Supervisors and Administrators (HCASA)
Proclamation: African American History Month
Bids and Contract: Information Technology Research and Advisory Services
Student Enrollment Projection Accuracy Report
As of September 30, 2021, the countywide K-12 enrollment of the HCPSS was 55,899. The projection developed in the Spring of 2021 for the same timeframe was 58,208, a 2,309 student difference (Attachment 2). Approximately 57 percent of the projections by school had error rates at or below 5 percent. Approximately 10 percent of the projections by school were within 10 students of the actual student enrollment (Attachments 3 and 4). The mean absolute percentage error (MAPE) by school was 5.0 percent.
The 2021 projection was developed and finalized prior to the onset of the recent variants of COVID-19. Much of the 2,309 student difference is due to families choosing to homeschool, transfer their students to private schools, or delay kindergarten enrollment.
Legislative Report (state bills and council bill from council member Deb Jung)
HS 13 Boundary Review: Move approval to direct the Superintendent to initiate the boundary review process outlined Policy 6010 during calendar year 2022. This review should include boundary modifications to establish an attendance area for New High School #13, including related adjustments.
Operating Budget Review Committee (OBRC)
Proposed Modification for the 2021-2022 Academic Calendar
Move to use Presidents Day 2022 as a school day to replace one of the January inclement weather days.
Move to close schools and offices on the observed Juneteeth as a holiday
Move to make an inclement weather make up day for June 22, 2022
Public Forum 7:00
topics: girls on the run, lunch quality , student discipline, vision screening for students, mask mandate,
school start time
For those who celebrate the Lunar New Year, Happy New Year, Year of Tiger.