The naming of a school system facility, personnel assignments, and adoption of the FY2011 budget were the primary agenda items at the June 16 Board of Education meeting.
The Board unanimously voted to rename the school system’s Green Street Administrative Building in downtown Annapolis in honor of longtime educators Philip L. Brown and Rachel Hall Brown. Mr. Brown, who died last year at the age of 100, was an educator, historian, author, and civil rights pioneer who spent 42 years teaching county students. He played a vital role in the integration of schools and in achieving equal pay for African-American educators. Mrs. Brown, who is 97, also spent 42 years in education in Anne Arundel County. The Green Street building, which currently houses the system’s Transportation Division, is scheduled to become part of Annapolis Elementary School when that facility is renovated in the coming years. The Browns’ legacy will continue to be honored at the site, with that wing bearing their names.
In personnel actions, six more schools will be led by different principals next year. The following administrators will assume their new positions on July 1, 2010: William Heiser at North County High School, Colleen Harris at Deale Elementary, Jeffrey Haynie at Freetown Elementary, Sara Pickens at Jones Elementary, Frank Drazan at Chesapeake High School, and Pat Plitt at Southern High School. In addition, Debbie Montgomery will leave her post as principal of Corkran Middle School and take a position in the Office of Staff Development. Several other personnel actions were made on the assistant principal levels. A detailed list of these actions can be found under the June 16 agenda in the Board Docs section of the Board of Education Web page.
The Board adopted a $931.3 million operating budget and a $123.5 million capital budget for Fiscal Year 2011 that avoid employee furloughs and continue to chart the course for improved facilities across the system. The operating budget also includes a 1 percent salary increase for all employees for FY2011 only as negotiated agreements for all bargaining units are still under discussion. The budget includes no step or longevity increases for employees, and no performance pay tied to evaluations for those who may have been eligible, including school principals, senior staff, and executive staff. In support of programming, the operating budget includes funding to replace the current elementary school Open Court reading/language arts program, and provides a $100-per-teacher allocation for classroom supplies. The capital budget, which governs construction and other maintenance projects, contains funding for the replacement, modernization, or revitalization of seven schools, kindergarten additions at four schools, and open-space classroom enclosures at three schools.
The next Board of Education meeting will be on Wednesday, July 7, at 10:00 a.m.