Board of Education Meeting Highlights for May 13

May 14, 2003
The Board of Education met on Tuesday [May 13] and, among other items, approved an amended policy on human relations and appointed nine principals. The Board also approved the development of a curriculum framework for library media information-literacy skills and preliminary plans for two high school additions. In addition, the Board recognized school food and nutrition services personnel and recipients of NAACP scholarships. The winner of the Margaret Cutler Interages Award was recognized.

Policy ACA, Human Relations

The Board approved amended Policy ACA, Human Relations, which was revised to reflect organizational changes and to articulate current understanding of the essential components of exemplary human relations and their relationship to a positive learning environment.

Preliminary Plans for High School Additions

The Board approved preliminary plans for additions to Gaithersburg and Northwest high schools.

Framework for Library Media Information Literacy Skills

The Board approved the development by the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs of an information-literacy skills curriculum framework for grades pre-K through 12. The framework will delineate opportunities for library media specialists and media assistants to teach students how to retrieve and manage information responsibly within content areas and include the use of technology.


The Board approved the following administrative appointments:

· Michael D. Bayewitz, currently principal intern at North Chevy Chase Elementary School, as principal of Luxmanor Elementary School.

· Elaine L. Chang, currently principal intern at Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School, as principal of Lakewood Elementary School.

· Linda Goldberg, currently interim principal of Potomac Elementary School, as principal.

· Jean Haven, currently coordinator of the Professional Growth System in the Office of Human Resources, as principal of Takoma Park Middle School.

· Dr. Barbara A. Jasper, currently interim principal of Clopper Mill Elementary School, as principal of Sequoyah Elementary School.

· Keith R. Jones, currently principal intern at College Gardens Elementary School, as principal of Summit Hall Elementary School.

· Raymond Myrtle, currently acting principal of Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School, as principal.

· Roni Silverstein, currently principal intern at Ronald McNair Elementary School, as principal of Clopper Mill Elementary School.

· Kenneth C. Williams, currently principal intern at Sherwood Elementary School, as principal of Damascus Elementary School.

Salute to School Food and Nutrition Services Personnel

The Board recognized representatives of food and nutrition service personnel for their dedication and continuing commitment to feeding and educating students. The recognition coincides with the 18th annual Maryland Salute to School Food and Nutrition Services Personnel Day on May 14.

NAACP Scholarship Recipients

The Board recognized and congratulated the eight African American 2003 graduates who received $1,000 NAACP scholarships.

Margaret Cutler Interages Award

The Board recognized Christopher R. Merkle, winner of the 2003 Margaret Cutler Interages Award. Merkle is an ESOL teacher at Eastern Middle School and supports mentors and students in the International Bridges mentoring program, which pairs ESOL students with senior citizen volunteers from Interages. The award is named for the first president of Interages.

Board of Education: Mrs. Patricia B. O’Neill, president; Ms. Sharon W. Cox, vice president. Members: Mr. Kermit V. Burnett, Mr. Reginald M. Felton, Dr. Charles Haughey, Mr. Walter N. Lange, Mr. Gabe Romero, and Mr. Mihyar Alnifaidy, student member. Dr. Jerry D. Weast, superintendent and secretary treasurer. Office of the Board: 301-279-3617.

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