Board members approve facilities report, promotions

A new Havre de Grace High School was not part of the 2011 Education Facilities Master Plan the Harford County Board of Education approved at its Monday evening

The construction timeline included projects out to the 2021-22 school year, but did not include a projected date for a new Havre de Grace High School, even with the $250,000 feasibility study that was approved and commissioned by Harford County Executive David Craig in the 2012 capital budget.

This study, according Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations Cornell Brown, did not necessarily mean a new school would definitely be built, but was required to help the school system decide what option is best.

At Monday's meeting, board member Robert Frisch questioned why the Havre de Grace project had not been mapped out, to which Brown replied that it would be included after the feasibility study is completed and they come back to the board with a recommendation.

Frisch also suggested that the board refrain from even including a timeline until it receives county feedback because of the response members receive from parents when projects are delayed or changed. The timeline, Brown said, already reflects what Craig has in his budget book.

Brown continued, emphasizing that priority projects are analyzed annually.


Karen Briguglio, who was recently appointed to the candidate promotion pools, was promoted to elementary assistant principal at Bakerfield Elementary School.

Supervisor of Compensatory Education Bradley Palmer, Assistant Supervisor of Science Howard Eakes and John Archer School Assistant Principal Mary Gernand were all recognized during the same period for their promotions approved at the June 13 meeting.

Communications Update

Manager of Communications Teri Kranefeld also gave an update on the strategic communications plan used by the school system. The plan, she said, follows guidelines set after a 2007 audit by the National School Public Relations Association, which gave the school system 13 recommendations.

Since then the school system has developed and implemented a communications plan, which they are in the second phase of. Part of the plan has been to create the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Council and Student Advisory Council to facilitate feedback, as well as the emergency phone calls.

Kranefeld also said they have developed the Harford County Public Information Officers, or PIOS, Committee, which allows PIOs from different county organizations such as the Harford County Sheriff's Office or local volunteer fire companies to meet regularly and form relationships to help "facilitate collaboration" in the event of an emergency.

In addition to using social media, such as their new Twitter account, the school system is also launching a re-branding campaign, as instructed by the audit. According to Kranefeld, an "action plan" is in process to implement a re-branding initiative in the 2011-12 school year.

Re-branding includes a new logo, slogan, style guide and more.

So far, she told the board, Kranefeld is particularly proud of the new website, which she said is easier to navigate and give feedback to.


Board members recognized Sara Cushen, nurse at the John Archer School, as the 2010-11 Nurse of the Year.

"It takes a lot to be a nurse in a public school today," Board President Mark Wolkow said. "It takes even more to be a nurse at John Archer with the level of medical issues that you have to deal with."

Harford County Public Schools was also distinguished as a "Best Community" in terms of music education by the NAMM Foundation.

Consent agenda

Members approved minutes from previous meetings, an adjustment for the 2011-12 calendar and a copier lease. The calendar revision was necessary because April 3, 2012, previously delegated as a professional development day, was scheduled for the presidential primary election.

Schools are used as polling places in those situations and thus, the professional development day will be added to the end of the year and April 3 designated as election day.

The lease is $122,161.20 to Xerox Corporation for a five year lease for a Xerox 4112 copier/printer in the school system's print shop.

Upcoming meetings

The Board of Education will meet once a month for the rest of the summer, on July 11 and Aug. 8, both at 7 p.m. in the A. A. Roberty Building.

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