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Board Meeting Summary, 6/8/99: Board Reviews Gifted and Talented Policy, Staff Training, and Exam Exemptions, Adopts Budget, and Appoints Three New Principals
The Board also discussed new initiatives in organizational staff training and development and recognized the achievements of several employees who graduated from a special college program. The Board also appointed three elementary school principals.
Gifted and Talented Policy Implementation
The Board discussed the implementation of the policy (IOA) on gifted and talented education and a staff report on the provision of accelerated and enriched academic instruction and activities for gifted and talented students.
Double A Exam Exemption
The Board discussed a resolution but did not support a proposed change in high school examination requirements that would have exempted students with two A grades in a semester from having to take a semester exam for that course. The Board requested that staff provide additional information on whether to waive such exams or provide alternative assessments for graduating seniors.
FY 2000 Operating Budget Action
The Board approved amendments to the requested Fiscal Year 2000 operating budget to reflect the appropriation of $1.1 billion from the County Council, an amount that represented 99.6 percent of the Board's request. The final funding amount was $4 million less than the Board requested and required several specific cuts in non-instructional services.
Construction Status Report
The Board received a status report on current construction projects, including 12 modernizations and additions at facilities being readied for the new school year, as well as about $8 million in other smaller projects throughout the system.
The Board approved the following administrative appointments:
Employee Training and Development
The Board received an update on the implementation of the transitional plan for the improvement of employee training and development, including the ongoing work of the Organizational Development Team and the strategic planning alignment of staff training with the Success for Every Student Plan.
MCPS-Bowie State University Program
The Board recognized the graduates of a special program at Bowie State University who are supporting services personnel of the school system. The program offers a bachelors degree for those employees holding an associate of arts degree.
Board of Education: Mr. Reginald M. Felton, president; Mrs. Patricia O'Neill, vice president. Members: Mr. Steve Abrams, Mr. Kermit V. Burnett, Mrs. Beatrice Gordon, Ms. Nancy J. King, Ms. Mona M. Signer, and Mr. Geonard Butler, Jr., student member.
Dr. Paul L. Vance, superintendent and secretary treasurer. Office of the Board: 301-279-3617
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