2010-12-16 / Local & State

Forbes Road Board Reorganizes

Brant re-elected president; Carmack is VP

The first order of business for Forbes Road School Board directors at their regular meeting last Monday evening was the annual reorganization of the board.

After turning the meeting over to their solicitor, board members unanimously re-elected Terry Brant to lead the board once again. Deonna Carmack was elected as vice president, while Chanin Rotz-Mountz will serve as legislative chairperson. Karen Peffer was elected for a three-year term to be the Vo-Tech board representative, and Deonna Carmack and Deborah Strait were elected to serve as alternates.

Board meeting times were set for the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., except for holidays, and administrative committee meetings were set for the Tuesday before the board meets. All meetings will be held in the high school library.

There was no public comment presented on agenda items.

General information

Updates were given to the board by school Superintendent Fred Foster on changes in dates for Vo-Tech meetings; John Mixell gave an update on sealed bids for the stagecoach climber and on a heating problem in the elementary school computer room.

Elementary school Principal Paul Swope updated the board on 4 Site, AIMS Web continuation, Title I, RTTI, Bingo for Books, Child Safe Training and the elementary band and chorus concerts.

High school Principal Christina Ramsey gave updates on AYP (average yearly progress) data and analysis, winter sports, snowball dance, special education audit, “Footloose” musical, the FCCLA trip to Eternity Tea Room, band participation in parades and the National Honor Society.

Following an update by Foster on a five-year budget plan and consideration of an early budget, board members asked the superintendent to study student enrollment trends for past years as well as projected enrollment for the upcoming year; study past and current course offerings as well as those for the upcoming year; study the professional staffing needs of the school district for the upcoming school year; and then make recommendations to the board concerning staffing, curriculum and program needs for the upcoming school year.


Under miscellaneous business, the board approved field trips to the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the fifth-grade class on May 10, 2011, and to the Lake Tobias Zoo in Halifax for the thirdgrade class in May 2011.

The board approved a request to approve the use of the old school gym for the 2010-2011 alumni league from November 2010 through February 27, 2011. Board members also approved use of the old gym for indoor hockey on Saturday evenings from 7 to 9 from January 8 through February, 2011.

A request to approve the bus stop at 34034 Great Cove Road for pickup on northbound Route 522 prior to Burnt Cabins was denied. The motion and second failed on a roll-call vote, 2-7. Chanin Rotz-Mountz and Kirby Shoemaker cast the two votes in favor of granting the request.


Personnel items of business included approval of a leave request from Jill Yablonski. The following volunteer coaching appointments were made: Mark Knepper as volunteer girls junior varsity basketball coach (pending clearances); Kathy Baker as volunteer assistant coach for varsity cheerleading squad; and Mike Schepis as volunteer to assist with elementary basketball.

In other personnel matters, Crystal Dawn Pollock was added to the support personnel substitute list and William Maxwell was approved as a student teacher under the supervision of Deb King beginning January 24, 2011, for 70 instructional days.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held on January 10, 2011, and the next labor negotiation meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2010.

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