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HCPS Board Meeting Highlights

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

At the business meeting of the Board of Education of Harford County held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004 at Bel Air Middle School the following actions and discussions took place.

Action Items

The Board unanimously passed the Consent Agenda which contained:

  • The Report on Personnel Actions during December, 2003
  • Minutes from the November 17, 2003 Work Session; and the November 24, December 8 and December 15, 2003 business meetings
  • Proposed Resolutions on Career and Technology Week and National School Counselor Week
  • Approval of Amendment to Audit Committee Charter
  • Affirmation of Monthly Contract Awards
  • Approval of Audio Visual Equipment
  • Approval of Custodial Supplies
  • Approval of Superintendent's Charter School Advisory Board

The Board voted unanimously to approve the Fallston High School bleacher project being undertaken by the Fallston High School Booster Club.

The Board voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the 2004-2005 school calendar, making April 7 and 8, 2005 staff development days and potential inclement weather makeup days (the former schedule called for half of the schools to be closed each on April 7 and 8 and all schools to be closed on April 11 for staff development). Schools will be open for students and staff on April 11.

The Board unanimously approved the high school assessment position statement expressing its opposition to the State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick's "straw man" proposal to have state and local diplomas tied to high school assessments.

The Board took positions on several proposed pieces of legislation pending before the General Assembly in Annapolis. The Board voted unanimously to support SB1 which would extend monetary support for teachers receiving certification under the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Program. The Board unanimously voted to oppose SB77 which would prescribe penalties for harassment and intimidation in public schools (citing local board prerogative). The Board voted unanimously to oppose HB65/HB93 which would establish a speed limit of 50 miles per hour for school buses. The Board voted unanimously to oppose HB83 Character Education Programs - Study (citing local board prerogative). The Board voted unanimously to support the elimination of the trigger provision in the Bridge to Excellence Act.


Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas presented her State of the System Address pointing out accomplishments during the preceding year and challenges facing the Harford County Public School System in the future.

This document contains a summary of issues that came before the Board of Education of Harford County and actions taken by the Board at the public business meeting at the meeting date referenced on the document. These are not official Board-approved minutes. Board minutes are not posted on the HCPS web site because of the time lapse that occurs between the meeting, their preparation, and ultimate approval by the Board.
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