The Board of Education yesterday approved several administrative appointments for the 2014-15 school year. They include one principal appointment, three vice principal appointments and two positions at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building.

Christienne Warren was appointed principal at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School. Warren previously served as principal at Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School with Baltimore City Public Schools for two years. She transitioned to Dr. Brown as the school’s acting principal earlier this month.

Mary Long was named vice principal at J.P. Ryon Elementary School. She previously taught second grade at William B. Wade Elementary School.

Erica Watson was named vice principal at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School. Previously, Watson was an instructional resource teacher at Mary B. Neal Elementary School.

Kevin Jackson was named as a vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School in Waldorf. He previously served as a vice principal at Calvert Elementary School with Calvert County Public Schools.

Kimberly Watts is the new content specialist of world language and English as a Second Language (ESOL). She formerly served as a high-school level resource teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School.

Sue DelaCruz has been appointed as the supervising pupil personnel worker (PPW) for Charles County Public Schools. DelaCruz is a former vice principal and has worked as a PPW for several years at the elementary- and middle-school levels.

The vice principal appointments are effective Aug. 1. For additional information, visit the school system website at www.ccboe.com.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

The Board of Education is holding an executive session 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 29, at St. Charles High School as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Section 10-508(a) and Section 10-503(c) of the State Government Article to discuss: personnel matters, specifically the Superintendent’s recommendations on certificated positions and a contract matter. Immediately following, the Board will go into open session to vote on the personnel action items.

About Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2014-­15 school year. Listed below are open house dates and times, and other activities for schools.

Elementary Schools

  • C. Paul Barnhart, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Berry, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Dr. Gustavus Brown, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Gale-Bailey, open house for all grade levels, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Indian Head, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Malcolm, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 2, prekindergarten and kindergarten, 6 – 7 p.m.; grades 1-2, Sept. 2, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Mary H. Matula, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Walter J. Mitchell, open house, Prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 7 – 8 p.m.;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house event, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Mary B. Neal, open house, Sept. 4, 7 – 8:15 p.m.;
  • J.C. Parks, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; grades 3-5, Sept. 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • J.P. Ryon, open house, Oct. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Eva Turner, open house, Sept. 4, 6 – 7 p.m.;
  • William B. Wade, open house, Sept. 2, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Sept.3, grades 3-5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;

Middle Schools

  • Theodore G. Davis, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • John Hanson, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Matthew Henson, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Piccowaxen, annual open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Milton M. Somers, open house for all students, Sept. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Sept. 25, 6 – 8 p.m.;

High Schools

  • Henry E. Lackey, open house, Sept. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;
  • La Plata, annual open house, Sept. 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;
  • North Point, back-to-school night, Sept. 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • St. Charles, open house, Sept. 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.;
  • Thomas Stone, meet and greet, Sept. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Westlake, open house and activities fair, Sept. 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;

 

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

Charles County Public Schools has released its student orientation schedule for the 2014-15 school year. Listed below are orientation dates and times, and other activities for schools. Specific questions should be directed to individual schools.

Elementary Schools

  • C. Paul Barnhart, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.;
  • Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m.;
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
  • Malcolm, kindergarten orientation, Aug. 22, 10 – 10:30 a.m.; and meet and greet grades 1-5, Aug. 22, 10 – 11 a.m.;
  • T.C. Martin, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 9 – 9:45 a.m.;
  • Mary H. Matula, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Arthur Middleton, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.;
  • Walter J. Mitchell, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 10 – 11 a.m.;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, new student and kindergarten orientation, Aug. 21, 1 – 1:30 p.m.; and community drop-in, Aug. 21, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.;
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Mary B. Neal, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
  • J.C. Parks, kindergarten orientation, Aug. 21, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.; and community drop-in/meet and greet, Aug. 22, 10 – 11 a.m.;
  • J.P. Ryon, prekindergarten orientation, Aug. 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; kindergarten orientation, Aug. 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; and meet and greet, Aug. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.;
  • Eva Turner, meet and greet, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.; and
  • William B. Wade, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 3 – 5 p.m.
  • Dr. Gustavus Brown, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 10 – 11 a.m.; and meet and greet/student drop-in, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • William A. Diggs, meet and greet with parents and students, Aug. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.;
  • Gale-Bailey, kindergarten orientation, Aug. 22, 9 – 10 a.m.; meet and greet grades 1-5, Aug. 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; morning prekindergarten orientation, Aug. 29, 10 – 11 a.m.; and afternoon prekindergarten orientation, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
  • Indian Head, meet and greet, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Three’s program orientation, Aug. 29, 2 – 3 p.m.; and prekindergarten orientation, Aug. 29, 10 – 11 a.m.;

Middle Schools

  • Theodore G. Davis, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • John Hanson, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.;
  • Matthew Henson, 6th grade and new student orientation, Aug. 21, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • Mattawoman, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • Piccowaxen, sixth grade orientation, Aug. 21, 2:30 – 5 p.m.;
  • General Smallwood, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Milton M. Somers, meet and greet for new students, Aug. 21, 1 – 3:30 p.m.; and
  • Benjamin Stoddert, meet and greet for new students, Aug. 21, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

High Schools

  • Henry E. Lackey, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; senior information night, Aug. 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • La Plata, new students and grade 9, Aug. 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Maurice J. McDonough, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 6 – 8:30 p.m.;
  • North Point, meet and greet, Aug. 20, 6:30 – 8: 30 p.m.;
  • St. Charles, grade 9 orientation, Aug. 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; grade 10 orientation, Aug. 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; and grade 11 orientation, Aug. 21, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Thomas Stone, new student orientation, Aug. 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
  • Westlake, new student orientation and activities fair, Aug. 21, 3 – 6 p.m.

Centers

  • F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, meet and greet for STAY Program students and parents, Aug. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

 

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

Classes for students at the Lifelong Learning Center will continue at John Hanson Middle School for the remainder of the summer session. The summer session for students enrolled in programs at the Lifelong Learning Center ends on Friday, Aug. 15. Hanson is located next to the center, which was damaged last Wednesday during a fire. Students should enter Hanson through the main doors and will be directed to specific classroom areas.

Due to the change in location for classes, the Lifelong Learning Center is not able to provide childcare for the remainder of the summer session. Additionally, GED testing and orientations, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) orientations, have been temporarily suspended. Classes began at Hanson earlier this week and according to Elizabeth Sinnes, the Lifelong Learning Center’s adult education coordinator, the transition is going well for both students and staff. Adult education program coordinators from facilities in Maryland, as well as other states, have also provided instructional materials to the center.

The Lifelong Learning Center housed the Charles County Adult Education Program, which offers a variety of daytime and evening classes for adults and includes preparation for a Maryland State High School Diploma, English as a Second Language, Basic Skills, Job Skills, and Citizenship classes.

Plans are underway to secure a location for the fall session of Lifelong Learning Center classes, which is scheduled to begin in early September. A fire destroyed the center’s classroom on July 9, causing the cancellation of adult education classes on two days last week. No one was injured in the fire.

Updated information about adult education classes and testing information will be posted on the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com and on the 24 hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 as it becomes available.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

A fire at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Lifelong Learning Center in Waldorf destroyed the center’s classroom and caused cancellation of adult education classes on July 11 and 12. No one was injured in the fire.

Classes for students at the Lifelong Learning Center will resume at regular times on Monday, July 14, at John Hanson Middle School, which is located next to the center. School officials canceled adult education classes on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11. During the transition from July 14-18, the Lifelong Learning Center is unable to offer childcare.

The Lifelong Learning Center housed the Charles County Adult Education Program, which offers a variety of daytime and evening classes for adults and includes preparation for a Maryland State High School Diploma, English as a Second Language, Basic Skills, Job Skills, and Citizenship classes. GED testing has been temporarily suspended. Adult education class and testing information will be posted on the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com and on the 24 hour information line at 301-934-7410 or 301-932-6656 as it becomes available.

Firefighters reported the cause of the Wednesday evening fire was a lightning strike to the program’s modular building during a heavy thunderstorm. According to staff members in the building at the time, they heard a loud noise, the electricity went off and they smelled smoke. Administrators and staff evacuated the building and called 9-1-1. The fire started around 6:15 p.m. Approximately 80 people were in the building and all were successfully and safely evacuated with no injuries reported.

More than 120 volunteer firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire, which continued well into the night. On Thursday, school officials were assessing the damage to the building and developing both short- and long-term plans for the Lifelong Learning Center and adult education classes.

Superintendent Kimberly Hill said she was thankful no one was hurt in the fire and appreciated the efforts of the many volunteers who worked through the evening and into the night to contain the fire.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

 

 

Superintendent Kimberly Hill has named Christienne C. Warren as acting principal at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School in Waldorf. Warren replaces Principal Darryl Evans who announced his resignation last week.

Warren has served as principal at Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, which serves prekindergarten through grade 8, since 2012. Warren started her education career in 2004 as a fifth-grade teacher and also served as a curriculum writer, professional development facilitator, summer instructor and instructional support teacher before being promoted in 2009 as assistant principal and academic dean at Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology in Baltimore.

Warren earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Hampton University in Virginia. She also received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan.

Warren will serve as acting principal until the Board of Education approves her appointment. She is expected to start working at Dr. Brown in mid July.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

Erika Bowman, a freshman at St. Charles High School, is the overall winner of the 2014 Charles County Fair art contest. Her artwork will be displayed as the cover of the upcoming Charles County Fair Guide. She was chosen last month as this year’s winner by the Charles County Fair Board and Charles County Public Schools.

The following students were named overall winners at their grade level for their artwork produced during the 2013-14 school year:

  • Tabitha Greer, T.C. Martin Elementary School;
  • Khyu Riley, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
  • Peyton Lauterborn, Martin;
  • Jenna Goldey, Martin;
  • Hailey Carroll, Martin;
  • Aria Scott, J.C. Parks Elementary School;
  • Lindsay Cunningham, Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Carolyn Lanthier, Somers;
  • Asia Dofat, North Point High School; and
  • Carissa Edwards, North Point.

The 2014 Charles County Fair is Sept. 11-14 at the fairgrounds located in La Plata. For more information on the fair, visit http://www.charlescountyfair.com/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

Two Charles County Public Schools Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) teams earned top honors at the MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition held June 20-22 in Portland, Oregon. A team from Henry E. Lackey High School received third place overall among competing teams at the high school level, and a John Hanson Middle School team received fourth place overall at the middle school level.

The national competition was split into two performance levels – middle school and high school. The event featured the Prosthetic Arm design challenge in which teams were required to build a low-cost prosthetic arm and use it to complete several performance tasks. Teams were judged in several areas during the competition including the technical paper category, oral presentation, technical display, distance accuracy relay, object relocation, dexterity and design efficiency.  Additionally, overall winners are selected for scoring the most points in all judged areas.

Students on the Lackey team are seniors Shade Jenifer and Christian Warren, and recent 2014 graduates George Jenkins and Cody Rogers. Team advisors are Lackey mathematics teachers John Crawford and Jonathan Liston.

The Hanson team also earned first place among competing middle school teams in the oral presentation portion of the competition and third place in the technical display category. Students on the Hanson team are eighth graders Stephen Duranske, Shane Gregan and Megan Thomas, and Brett Blandford, who will be a freshman at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in the fall. The team coach is Michael Duranske and the advisor is Diane Fisher, a science teacher at Hanson. This is the second year that Hanson has competed at the national level.

Both teams qualified for the national competition for earning first place in the Prosthetic Arm design challenge at the state MESA event. MESA is designed to prepare students for academic and professional careers in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology. The program’s goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and related professionals at technical and management levels; and to serve as a driving force in encouraging and assisting minorities and females in achieving success in these fields.

For more information on MESA, visit http://www.jhuapl.edu/mesa/home/default.asp.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

The Board of Education on Monday reduced its fiscal year 2015 budget by $5.5 million to cover its funding shortfall due to the opening of a new high school.

The reductions include student transportation, temporary and part-time employees, teacher substitutes, athletic trainers and staff library materials. Additionally, two teaching positions were eliminated from St. Charles High School.

The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) fiscal year 2015 operating budget of $327.3 million reflects an increase of $5.3 million, or 1.7 percent. State funding increased $2.4 million and county funding increased $2.9 million, or 1.8 percent. The budget requires a $3.2 million transfer from fund balance into the general fund. Revenue allocations are insufficient to fund mandatory operating costs, leaving an expenditure shortfall of $5,543,000 and significant budget cuts.

Non-public Transportation

The Board accepted a change in the model for non-public education transportation. Charles County Public Schools has historically provided transportation for parochial school children. Until 2003, the Charles County Commissioners provided additional funding for the non-public schools student transportation, but eliminated its monetary support, $200,000, that year.

The change includes eliminating any dedicated routes for private schools while still providing non-public school students transportation using existing routes and shuttle services from nearby schools. There were 525 parochial students who used CCPS transportation last school year; 305 students already ride buses on existing routes. The remaining 220 students rode on dedicated private school routes, which will be eliminated and replaced with bus seats on existing public school routes.

The savings from the elimination of dedicated routes is $500,000.

Activity Buses

The Board eliminated activity buses, which provides high school students rides home from after-school activities for a savings of $300,000. CCPS has provided activity buses since August 2007.

Other Transportation Savings

The transportation department also consolidated a number of public school routes, changed start times at some schools and created more efficient bus routes in order to offset the increased bus routes needed to open St. Charles High School.

Position Cuts

The Board eliminated most temporary and part-time positions, for a savings of $1 million. Attempts will be made to place employees in open positions for which they may be qualified. The positions are largely instructional assistants and supporting services jobs.

Athletic Trainers

The Board eliminated the athletic trainer program, first started in 2009. The cost savings is $200,000. The school system will still have emergency service personnel on site at every football game. The athletic trainer program provided a certified athletic trainer in each high school who would prepare athletes for practice, evaluate injuries, design and implement treatment and monitor rehab programs. Coaches receive training to deal with concussions and first aid.

St. Charles High School

Two teachers and three instructional assistant positions were eliminated from St. Charles High School, a cost savings of  $200,000.

Other Cost Savings

Additionally, the cost savings included decreasing teacher substitutes, utilities and other contracts and eliminating a central office allocation for staff library materials. Additionally, Superintendent Kimberly Hill eliminated a number of open central office positions last school year in order to fund additional teachers at elementary schools experiencing student population growth. The budget does not include any salary increases for employees.

The Board voted 6-0 for the budget modifications, which go into effect July 1.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.