Opportunities for Input to the Board of Education

The next monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The meeting will be held in the Board of Education Auditorium, Mt. Hermon Road and Long Avenue, Salisbury. The agenda will be posted by Friday before the meeting at http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/wcboe/Board.nsf/Public.

The meeting will be livestreamed and will be viewable after the meeting, indexed to the agenda: https://www.wcboe.org/leadership/board_of_education/watch_board_meetings. The meeting will also be aired on PAC 14.

Public comment is welcome at every monthly Board meeting. Please sign in, fill out a Public Comment form, and return it at the front desk prior to the start of the meeting.


To share input with the Board of Education at any time:

comments@wcboe.org

410-677-5251 (voice mailbox; leave a message of up to 3 minutes, with or without your name and contact information)


Public Input is currently being taken on these items approved on 1st reading at the Jan. 17 Board meeting, with a 2nd and final vote planned for the Feb. 14 Board meeting:

Advanced Technology course: The second portion of a proposal to replace the current four-course sequence in Advanced Technology (see below for approval of first portion) would involve replacing current Advanced Technology Electives with the ITEA Technological Design course. The curriculum materials are aligned with ITEA standards and have been adopted by MSDE as meeting the requirements for the Advanced Technology Completer Program in high school. The Curriculum Council unanimously recommended that this proposal move forward for Board consideration and approval. If approved, the new course would begin in 2017-2018. For information or to review materials: Bryan Ashby, Supervisor of Career & Technology Education, bashby@wcboe.org or 410-677-5144.

Business Education course: A Maryland State Department of Education-approved Career Technology Education Program of Study in Business Education is being considered for an upgrade to the current local Business Education Completer Program. The state-approved program would have three programs of study: Accounting and Finance, Marketing, and Business Administrative Services. The Curriculum Council unanimously approved this proposed upgrade. If given final approval by the Board in February, the program would be available to students starting with the 2017-2018 school year. For information or to review materials: Bryan Ashby, Supervisor of Career & Technology Education, bashby@wcboe.org or 410-677-5144.


At the Jan. 17 meeting, the Wicomico County Board of Education approved in Consent Items, on 2nd and final reading:

"For Those Who Can Teach" Textbook for Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) Program. The Curriculum Council recommended Board consideration and approval of this textbook for use in TAM classes at all four Wicomico County high schools. The book aligns with the standards established in the program of study and is the Maryland State Department of Education's preferred TAM textbook.

Replacing the current Advanced Technology Electives with the ITEA Advanced Design Applications Course. The Curriculum Council reviewed this proposal to replace the current four-course sequence in Advanced Technology with a single year-long course from the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) called Advanced Design Applications. The curriculum materials are aligned with ITEA standards and have been adopted by MSDE as meeting the requirements for the Advanced Technology Completer Program in high school. The new course will begin in 2017-2018.

The novel "Booked" to be used for the One School, One Book initiative at Bennett Middle during the second semester. The Curriculum Council unanimously recommended that the book move forward for Board consideration and approval. BMS will use the book this year, and it will now be on the approved list of novels for middle school.

Roof replacement contract for 1128 Jersey Road to Island Contracting Inc. as the evaluated low responsive and responsible bidder.

Lease purchase agreement for vehicles to U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing & Finance Inc. as the evaluated low responsive and responsible bidder.

Contract awards for cargo van to Winner Ford, for 3/4 ton crew cab pickup to Sport Chevrolet Co. Inc. through a State of Maryland contract, for two 1-ton crew cab pickups to Apple Ford through a State of Maryland contract, as the evaluated low responsive and responsible bidders.

The Board also approved the final proposal from the firm of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. for the Construction Manager At Risk - Design Build services for all phases of the work on the Parkside High HVAC & Above Ceiling Renovation project, and authorized issuance of a Notice to Proceed to the CM firm to begin work on Phase 2 Design Development and Phase 3 Pre-Construction.