February 26, 2013 Minutes

Meeting Minutes/Notes for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:30p.m

Attendance

Members Present Dr. Segun Eubanks, Chair
Kathleen Teaze Dr. Donnette T. Dais
Heather Iliff
Bridgette Blue Laney
Aimee Olivo
Members Not Present Dr. Leslie T. Fenwick
Desiree Griffin-Moore
Betsy Ramirez
Keith Singletary
Dr. Donna L. Wiseman
Staff Betty Hager Francis
L.Denise Hall
Christian Rhodes

Call to Order

Chair Eubanks called the meeting to order at approximately 6:11 p.m.

Adoption of Agenda

The agenda was amended to include a presentation by Frank Brewer, Executive Director, College Park Academy. The amended agenda was adopted.

Approval of Minutes

Chair Eubanks asked if there were any comments regarding the January 29, 2013 minutes. Mr. Estepp moved that the January 29, 2013 minutes be approved as presented . The motion was seconded by Dr. Dais. The minutes were approved.

Presentation by Frank Brewer, Executive Director, College Park Academy

Mr. Frank Brewer, Executive Director of the College Park Academy gave a brief bio and explained the formation, purpose and structure of the College Park Academy. After his presentation, he answered the panel’s individual questions regarding the academy that included, but were not limited to: evaluation plan; proposed college credits; real-time diagnostics and feedback for tests and evaluations; composition of employees (certified, degreed, etc.); interaction with and commitment from the University of Maryland; technology plan and connectivity, and replication of the program.

College Park Academy Commission Discussion- County Support for College Park Academy

Chairman Eubanks indicated that a decision needed to be made on the nature of the advice the body would give to the County Executive regarding support for the College Park Academy. He indicated that the budget should be a large part of the discussion about the support. The points of discussion included the following:

  • Given the current budget and economic situation, it may not be prudent for the committee to make a recommendation in this regard.
  • The academy is not located in a TNI area. A focus should be on schools in TNI areas
  • Academy High School students who are eligible to take college level courses at the neighboring University of Maryland are able to do so while enrolled in the Academy. The tuition for these students is paid for by the Academy. County funds may be better spent replicating the program in other schools.
  • From a business community perspective, the upsides to supporting this effort were also discussed.
  • The partnership formed by this support could be leveraged to take advantage of the University of Maryland relationship.
  • There is a potential for bad policy with the program receiving support from the State, University of Maryland and City of College Park, with the County government and the County Executive not being included in the loop.

The body decided that any County support of this program should include strong and clear parameters for replication and be related to the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative. Ways of partnering and expanding the idea should also be explored.

Budget Discussion

The body discussed the current proposed budget and its inclusion of, and impact on funds for education.
$20 million for education is embedded in the budgets of county agencies. The County is looking at ways to re-allocate funds to TNI areas. The school board has allocated $6.9 million in its budget for TNI schools.
Commission members discussed broad, “big bucket” ideas for focusing money on education. This discussion included:

  • Providing wraparound services for children and their families to address issues and assist with removing barriers to learning. This assistance could help students focus on their schoolwork instead of other issues.
  • The digital divide that still exists for many students
  • Improving the image of County schools
  • Universal and combined transportation resources
  • Co-location and alignment of services
  • Focus on cross organizational support
  • Addressing parental literacy as a way to enhance kindergarten through third grade literacy and academic performance.
  • Out-of –the-box approaches for parent and student enrichment that affect student achievement.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.