Charles County Public Schools has released its open house schedule for the 2015-­16 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. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Berry, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Dr. Gustavus Brown, back-to-school night, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Dr. James Craik, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • William A. Diggs, open house for all grades, Sept. 9, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Gale-Bailey, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, open house for all grades, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Indian Head, back-to-school night, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, open house, Sept. 8, grades 3-5; and Sept. 9, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Malcolm, open house, Sept. 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • T.C. Martin, open house, Sept. 8, prekindergarten and kindergarten, 6 – 7 p.m.; grades 1-2, Sept. 8, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Mary H. Matula, open house, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Arthur Middleton, open house, Sept. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Walter J. Mitchell, open house, Sept. 10, prekindergarten-grade 2, 6 p.m.; and Sept. 10, grades 3-5, 7 p.m.;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, open house, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, open house, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • Mary B. Neal, open house, Sept. 10, 7 – 8 p.m.;
  • J.C. Parks, open house, prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; and grades 3-5, Sept. 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • J.P. Ryon, open house, Oct. 6, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Eva Turner, open house/Title I parent night, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
  • William B. Wade, primary open house/prekindergarten-grade 2, Sept. 2, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 3, intermediate open house/grades 3-5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Middle Schools

  • Theodore G. Davis, open house grades 6-8, Sept. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • John Hanson, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Matthew Henson, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Mattawoman, open house, Sept. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Piccowaxen, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • General Smallwood, open house, Sept. 17, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Milton M. Somers, open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 8 p.m.; and
  • Benjamin Stoddert, open house, Oct. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

High Schools

  • Henry E. Lackey, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • La Plata, open house, Sept. 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Maurice J. McDonough, open house, Sept. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • North Point, open house, Sept. 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • St. Charles, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • Thomas Stone, parent/student open house, Sept. 16, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
  • Westlake, open house, Sept. 23, 6 – 8 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 36 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 2015-16 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. 26, 3 – 4 p.m.;
  • Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
  • Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.;
  • Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.;
  • Malcolm, kindergarten orientation, Aug. 27, 10 – 10:30 a.m.; and meet and greet grades 1-5, Aug. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.;
  • T.C. Martin, meet and greet, prekindergarten to grade 5, Aug. 27, 10 – 10:45 a.m.;
  • Mary H. Matula, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 9 – 11 a.m.;
  • Arthur Middleton, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Walter J. Mitchell, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, kindergarten and new student orientation, Aug. 26, 1 – 1:30 p.m.; and community drop-in grades 1-5, Aug. 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.;
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Mary B. Neal, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
  • J.C. Parks, community drop-in prekindergarten to grade 5, Aug. 27, 10 – 11 a.m.;
  • J.P. Ryon, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
  • Eva Turner, meet and greet the teacher hour, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; and
  • William B. Wade, new student orientation grades 1-5, Aug. 26, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.; and kindergarten to grade 5 greet your seat, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Dr. Gustavus Brown, meet and greet, Aug. 26, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.;
  • William A. Diggs, meet and greet with parents and students, Aug. 26, 2 – 4 p.m.;
  • Gale-Bailey, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.;
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 9 – 10:30 a.m.;
  • Indian Head, meet and greet, Aug. 27, 9 – 10 a.m.; Three’s program orientation, Sept. 4, 2 – 3 p.m.; and prekindergarten orientation, Sept. 4, 10 – 11 a.m.;

Middle Schools

  • Theodore G. Davis, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • John Hanson, new student orientation, Aug. 27, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • Matthew Henson, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • Mattawoman, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3 – 5 p.m.;
  • Piccowaxen, incoming sixth graders and students new to Piccowaxen, Aug. 27, 2:30 – 5 p.m.;
  • General Smallwood, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m.;
  • Milton M. Somers, new student/meet and greet, Aug. 26 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.; and
  • Benjamin Stoddert, orientation, Aug. 26, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

High Schools

  • Henry E. Lackey, new student orientation/drop-in, Aug. 25, 4:30 – 6 p.m.;
  • La Plata, new students and grade 9, Aug. 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m.;
  • Maurice J. McDonough, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 6 – 8 p.m.;
  • North Point, new student orientation, Aug. 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
  • St. Charles, new student orientation, Aug. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Thomas Stone, new student orientation, Aug. 27, 6 – 7:30 p.m.; and
  • Westlake, new student orientation, Aug. 25, 5 – 6:30 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 36 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 Charles County Public Schools communications department recently received four top awards in the 2015 National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) National School Communications Awards program.

Department staff received a Golden Achievement Award, which recognizes exemplary work in all aspects of school public relations, communication, marketing and engagement. The award highlights the communications plan used for graduation 2015, which included efforts to communicate the change of graduation ceremony locations for six public high schools back to a venue in Charles County. The award is among more than 90 Golden Achievement Awards distributed to school systems nationwide.

Two videos produced by communications staff also received awards in the Publications and Electronic Media portion of the awards program. This area of the contest recognizes outstanding work in all types and forms of education communication, including print, electronic, video, audio, websites and social media.

A feature athlete video highlighting a La Plata High School wrestler received an Award of Merit, which is the second highest electronic media award given by NSPRA. A video featuring North Point High School’s Science, Technology and Industry (STI) programs received an Honorable Mention award.

Staff also received an additional Honorable Mention award for a branding package for the James E. Richmond Science Center. Materials submitted included a customized Science Center color folder and brochure, flyers created to advertise feature events scheduled at the Science Center and staff business cards.

Communications department staff includes Katie O’Malley-Simpson, director of communications; Kyle Graves, video production specialist; Kara Gross, communications multimedia assistant; Shelley Mackey, communications specialist; and Gary Nagel, web developer.

This is the third consecutive year that the department has received awards through the NSPRA Communications Contest. Each year, NSPRA sponsors a national communications contest to recognize school districts for their efforts in school public relations. NSPRA was chartered in 1935 and provides school communication training and services to school system leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.S. Dept. of Defense Dependents Schools worldwide. For more information on NSPRA, visit www.nspra.org.

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 36 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 announced the appointments of several acting administrators this week.

Debbie Brown, vice principal at Eva Turner Elementary School is the new acting principal at Mary B. Neal Elementary School. Brown replaces longtime principal Carol Leveillee, who last week announced she was retiring from Charles County Public Schools.

Brown has 24 years experience as a classroom teacher and 15 years as a vice principal, serving with seven different principals, most recently at Eva Turner Elementary School. Ms. Brown was also named the 2008 CCPS Outstanding Vice Principal of the Year. “I believe Mrs. Brown’s experiences will enable her to seamlessly prepare and open Neal for the 2015-16 school year,” Hill said.

Other positions filled with acting administrators include:

  • Jason Diehl, teacher from St. Mary’s County to acting vice principal at Eva Turner Elementary School
  • Amy Rye, testing coordinator at Maurice J. McDonough High School to acting vice principal at Theodore G. Davis Middle School
  • Robert Baker, instructional resource teacher at Mattawoman Middle School to acting vice principal at Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Steve Miller, vice principal at Matthew Henson Middle School to acting Specialist in Transportation
  • Nicole Clingman, social studies teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School to acting vice principal at Henson
  • Nicole Hawkins learning resource teacher at Malcolm Elementary School to acting vice principal at C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School.

Hill will present the recommended appointments to the Board of Education at its August meeting. The Board does not meet in July. All appointments take effect immediately.

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 36 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 North Point High School Class of 2015 graduates placed in the top national spots at the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, KY last week. An additional 16 North Point Skills USA students placed in the top 10 in their respective categories. More than 6,000 students nationwide competed at the event in 89 career and technical education (CTE) competitions.

Nicholas Wiegand, a 2015 North Point graduate, earned a gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring category. Gold medals are the highest award given in the event. Alyssa Gonnella, who also graduated from North Point this year, received a silver medal award in the Early Childhood Education category. Silver medals are the second highest award a student can receive. Wiegand and Gonnella are two of only 22 students from Maryland who earned a gold-, silver- or bronze-level award at the national level.

The following North Point students placed in the Skills USA national top 10 in their respective categories:

  • Leah Pennington, Alyssa Raqueno and Jenna Williams, seniors, fifth place, Community Service;
  • Erin Green, Sarah Jones and Maya Kidane, 2015 graduates, sixth place, Outstanding Chapter;
  • James Adkins, Luke Gibson and Dennis Whitley, IV, seniors, Skye Corbin, junior, and Joel Rogers, 2015 graduate, seventh place, Quiz Bowl;
  • Patricia Atkinson and Dylan McCabe, seniors, and Stephanie McCarter-Dadzie, 2015 graduate, seventh place, Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Daphine Henderson, senior, seventh place, Welding Sculpture; and
  • Suha Ansari, senior, ninth place, Career Pathways – Health Sciences.

Skills USA students advance to the national level of competition as first-place medal winners at the state event. More than 5,100 students in Maryland participate in Skills USA and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) coordinates two state events annually to prepare students for national competition.

Skills USA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a skilled work force. The organization serves more than 300,000 high school and college students, as well as professional members, nationwide. Skills USA competitions showcase the talents of CTE students. The students compete locally and continue through the state and national levels. The philosophy of the competition is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to train students for employer needs.

Skills USA provides experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The organization focuses on quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work. For more information, visit the Skills USA Maryland Web site at http://www.mdskillsusa.org/index.html.

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 36 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 June 22 approved tuition rates for the 2015-16 school year that include a slight increase for students enrolling from counties outside of Charles County, and for non-Maryland residents. For students residing in Maryland but who live outside of Charles County, the cost for the coming school year is $7,445, up about one percent from $7,300 for the 2014-15 school year. Students enrolling in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) for the 2015-16 school year who live outside of Maryland will be charged $11,740, also an increase of about one percent from the tuition rate of $11,550 for the 2014-15 school year.

CCPS reviews tuition rates annually and the department of student services determines all school transfer requests that include out-of-county and out-of-state student placements. These requests must meet criteria, and schools must have adequate space, including in the particular grade and instructional programs. Additionally, CCPS does not provide transportation to any student who lives out of the county or Maryland. Applications for review are due May 1 annually.

On June 22, The Board also approved a change to some daily and hourly wage rates to reflect the increase in minimum wage. On July 1, the minimum wage rate in Maryland increases from $8 to $8.25. Some job categories in which a CCPS employee would earn minimum wage as a starting rate include a swim instructor or intern. The Board also approved an increase in the pay rate for some hourly employees, such as instructional assistants and food service substitutes. Information about approved pay rate changes is posted on the school system website, 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 36 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 approved its fiscal year 2016 budget Monday night, providing salary increases for employees and funding the addition of a senior class at St. Charles High School.

The Board’s FY2016 operating budget is $334.2 million, reflecting a $6.8 million increase or 2.1 percent more than FY2015. The county provided an additional $4.2 million and state funding increased $640,512. To pay for mandatory cost shortages, the school system moved $5.2 million from the fund balance to the general fund and cut nearly $7.4 million from budget categories including lapsed salaries, technology replacement reserves and utilities. The school system is using the fund balance for general operations and to complete one-time maintenance projects, such as carpet replacements and school playgrounds.

“We value our employees and providing compensation was our first priority. This is an investment in our people who we expect to provide educational access, equity and excellence while making a difference in the lives of children each day. It’s important that we remain competitive so we are able to hire the best new teachers as well as retain our experienced staff,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees are two steps/levels behind on the salary schedule. Salary step and levels are incremental increases in salary based on previous qualifying professional experience. The last time the school system gave an across-the-board cost-of-living (COLA) increase was 2009.

Pending approval of the school system’s two employee groups, the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), all eligible employees will receive a step/level increase. The budget funds a 2 percent COLA for certificated employees at levels 20 or 10, depending on the assigned salary scale. The budget includes a 1 percent COLA for support staff in steps 17 and above.

In addition to salary and the St. Charles opening, other mandated increases include the teachers’ pension, Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) insurance premium, athletic trainers, bus contracts and Project Lead the Way (PLTW). There will be 24 staff members and additional supplies and materials added to St. Charles High School, which are critical to adding a senior class of more than 300 students.

Also affecting the budget is the increased cost of health insurance. To offset increases, the school system and unions agreed to raise health insurance copays for office visits and prescriptions by $5 and emergency room visits by $75, unless admitted. The change is anticipated to save the system $500,000.

Hill said staff worked to avoid program and staffing cuts while making budget reductions. Funding the increases requires reducing an additional $7.4 million beyond state and county funding levels. Savings came from lapsed salaries and FICA targets, increasing health insurance copays, decreasing classified pension plan funding, and eliminating reserve budgets for unanticipated expenditures in programs, technology and utilities.

The FY2016 budget increases the per pupil operating cost to $13,104.

“This budget does not reduce or eliminate successful programs or school improvements. This is a budget that will help us maintain our academic success and provide strong support to the classroom, our students and our staff,” Hill said.

A copy of the Board’s approved fiscal year 2016 budget summary is available at http://www.ccboe.com/aboutus/boe/budget.php.

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 36 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 of Charles County is holding a public work session at 6 p.m., Monday, June 22, in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The agenda is as follows and is subject to change:

Executive session – 5 p.m.

Call to Order – 6 p.m.

  • Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum

Work session

  • FY 2016 operating budget
  • Out-of-county tuition rates
  • FY 2016 daily and hourly salaries
  • Board goals

Adjournment

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 36 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 honored several Charles County Public Schools employees at a June 11 retirement ceremony. Honored were employees who have retired since June 30, 2014, and those who have already announced their retirements at the end of this school year. Retirees are listed below by name, last position held, location and years of service.

  • James Adams, building service worker, T.C. Martin Elementary School, 24;
  • Bonnetta Adeeb, special education teacher, Thomas Stone High School, 34;
  • Linda Adgate, Maryland’s Tomorrow coordinator, La Plata High School, 29;
  • Garnet Anderson, school counselor, John Hanson Middle School, 48;
  • Constance Anderson, kindergarten instructional assistant, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, 16;
  • Cynthia Baker, director hearing officer and court liaison, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 41;
  • Dorothy Bannister, building service assistant manager, Starkey, 20;
  • John Borge, special education instructional assistant, Westlake High School, 26;
  • Maryann Bourassa, content specialist for gifted education, Starkey, 39;
  • Mary Bowman-Proctor, food service worker, Stone, 24;
  • John Breedlove, alternative school teacher, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center, 40;
  • Elizabeth Brown, pupil personnel worker, Starkey, 43;
  • Agnes Bugin, business education teacher, La Plata, 19;
  • Stephen Butcher, auto/heavy equipment mechanic, Radio Station Road Annex Building, 43;
  • Carol Cairns, literacy instructional assistant, Piccowaxen Middle School, 33;
  • Wanda Chesley, building service worker, J.P. Ryon Elementary School, 35;
  • Ruth Cline, food service manager, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, 26;
  • Edwina Conley, reading middle school instructional assistant, Theodore G. Davis Middle School, 21;
  • Beverly Dawkins, English as a second language teacher, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School, 12;
  • Levi Dent, building service manager, Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, 33;
  • Swee Kin Dressick, food service manager, Mattawoman Middle School, 7;
  • Maurita Edwards, special education teacher, Martin, 34;
  • Virginia Etter, kindergarten instructional assistant, Martin, 20;
  • Nancy Ewing, special education teacher, North Point High School, 28;
  • Shirley Farren, secretary in supporting services, Radio Station Road Annex I Building, 39;
  • Claudia Finley Bowalick, instructional specialist, Arthur Middleton Elementary School, 39;
  • Barbara Fitch, food service manager, Mary H. Matula Elementary School, 22;
  • Betty Fuller, secretary in supporting services, Radio Station Road Annex I Building, 42;
  • Joanne Good, computer programmer, Starkey, 40;
  • Susan Heath, secretary to the principal, Stethem, 33;
  • Sheila Heatley, school counselor, Davis, 44;
  • Dan Henry, vice principal, Maurice J. McDonough High School, 20;
  • Linda Hodgson, third-grade teacher, J.C. Parks Elementary School, 26;
  • Victoria Hoffmaster, secretary, Starkey, 22;
  • Betty Horton, first-grade teacher, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School, 36;
  • Judith Howell, mathematics teacher, La Plata, 36;
  • Mark Howell, social studies teacher, Westlake High School, 36;
  • Dorothy Jefferson, Reading Recovery teacher, Parks, 37;
  • Dorothy Jenifer, job coach for the Adult Independence Program (AIP), Stethem, 14;
  • Drew Jepsky, director of instructional assessment, Starkey, 36;
  • Elizabeth Regina Johnson, fourth-grade teacher, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, 5;
  • Aly Khan Johnson Sr., coordinator of student activities, Starkey, 43;
  • Jeanette Kaufmann, special education teacher/individual education plan (IEP) facilitator, F.B. Gwynn Educational Center, 25;
  • Pamela Kelly Flowers, physical education teacher, Westlake, 32;
  • Brenda Kiker, preschool instructional assistant, Jenifer, 24;
  • Margaret Kolbe, media instructional assistant, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, 14;
  • Diane Laveglia, vice principal, Gale-Bailey Elementary School, 29;
  • Webster Lee, building service manager, North Point, 33;
  • Edna Livingston, food service worker, Westlake, 20;
  • Thomas Lyles, building service assistant manager, Malcolm Elementary School, 35;
  • Donna Maki, speech therapist, Berry Elementary School, 31;
  • Roslyn Malloy, print shop manager, Starkey, 34;
  • Nancy Mathena, special education instructional assistant, Henry E. Lackey High School, 32;
  • Floria Mathis, technology facilitator, Eva Turner Elementary School, 8;
  • Michael Mazzeo, social studies teacher, La Plata, 34;
  • Toni Melton-Trainor, principal, Gale-Bailey, 30;
  • Ramona Millar, special education instructional assistant, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, 28;
  • Diane Morgan, language arts teacher, Hanson, 40;
  • James Morrow, pupil personnel worker, Mattawoman, 42;
  • Vivian Nelson, special education teacher, Stone, 37;
  • Penny Nye, principal, William B. Wade Elementary School, 43;
  • Linda Petersen, school counselor, Higdon, 26;
  • Brenda Peterson, first-grade teacher, Martin, 16;
  • Jerome Petty, vice principal, Milton M. Somers Middle School, 37;
  • Janet Porter, home economics family and consumer science teacher, Stone, 39;
  • Patricia Price, special education teacher, Higdon, 30;
  • Dorothy Radvany, food service worker, Higdon, 26;
  • Touissaint Rhone, building service worker, Matula, 6;
  • Lucile Rice, instructional specialist, Piccowaxen, 40;
  • Wanda Scott, secretary in instruction, Starkey, 31;
  • Mary Seremet, gifted education resource teacher, Starkey, 40;
  • Anthony Silva, instructional specialist, Starkey, 44;
  • Dell Simmons, building service manager, Ryon, 38;
  • Michelle Sirna, secretary, Martin, 27;
  • Christine Smith, instructional specialist in science, Starkey, 44;
  • Barbara Staebler, psychologist, Starkey, 32;
  • Sherella Swann, secretary in instruction, Starkey, 35;
  • Katherine Sweney, special education teacher, Jenifer, 43;
  • Deborah Taylor, mathematics teacher, Mattawoman, 40;
  • Kim Debora Taylor, kindergarten teacher, Wade, 36;
  • Charles Thompson, painter, Radio Station Road Annex, 40;
  • Renee Tolliver, home economics family and consumer science teacher, McDonough, 33;
  • Elaine Tubb, government resource teacher, Starkey, 36;
  • William Walter, physical education teacher, Malcolm, 43;
  • Charlotte Weirich, specialist in world language/English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), Starkey, 29;
  • Helen Welch, secretary to the principal, Martin, 45;
  • Cynthia Wells, pupil personnel worker, Piccowaxen, 35;
  • Deborah Williams, school counselor, Wade, 36;
  • Olivia Willis, second-grade teacher, Brown, 36; and
  • Catherine Wills, building service worker, Westlake, 16.

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 36 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 honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees with Outstanding Personnel Awards on June 9. Honored were

  • Nghia Dang, computer analyst, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building;
  • Madonna Gaume, technology facilitator, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School;
  • Eric McElhenny, electronic technician, CCPS Radio Station Road Annex;
  • BiJon Trice, secretary to the principal, John Hanson Middle School;
  • Gloria Renee Ward, head of accounts payable, Starkey Building; and
  • Victor Woodland, building service manager, Theodore G. Davis Middle School.

Dang has worked for the school system since 2009 and supports the technology needs of staff at both the Starkey Building and the F.B. Gwynn Educational Center. His strong technical knowledge of networking skills, computer hardware and software allows him to efficiently and quickly solve issues. He is well known among his coworkers as dependable and willing to assist anyone in need of technical assistance. Dang is professional and approachable and often sought out to mentor computer interns and computer analysts in schools and at other CCPS work locations. He assists with technology inventories, and the maintenance of technology and is knowledgeable with Smart boards, laptops, desktop computers and server hardware. Lora Bennett is the information technology manager for CCPS and wrote a letter in support of Dang’s award nomination. In her letter, she describes Dang as an important contributor to the morale of his team. “He works hard to keep the technology in all the buildings he supports functioning to enable the staff to create learning opportunities and support the mission of our school system. He is always willing to assist and prides himself on doing his work effectively and to the highest level of performance,” Bennett wrote.

Gaume has worked for CCPS since 1997 and began working at Barnhart as the school’s technology facilitator in 2004. She works hard to develop exciting and engaging lessons for students, and ensures her lessons match the skills of all learners. She plans lessons with grade-level teachers but also seeks out additional curriculum to support student learning in the computer lab. Gaume aims to provide fun learning opportunities for her students and is resourceful in completing all tasks. This school year she completed training to learn more about the school system’s partnership with Code.org so she can teach Barnhart students about computer coding. Gaume also volunteers to serve as the sponsor of the Computer Bowl team in which she helps students prepare for an annual current events quiz-style competition hosted on the Internet. Additionally, she helps coordinate several school-related events such as Breakfast with Santa, the Harvest Festival and Relay for Life efforts. Barnhart Principal Troy Barnes said Gaume is a valuable asset to the school. “She is resourceful, understands all aspects of her job, utilizes technology daily, fosters cooperative relationships within the entire school community, and demonstrates outstanding leadership,” Barnes wrote in an award nomination letter.

McElhenny has worked for the school system for more than 20 years as an electronics technician. In his role, he supports and maintains bell schedules at schools and fire alarm, clock, security and audio systems for CCPS. He is adamant in learning new technologies to support his duties and is diligent in maintaining, upgrading and replacing system components, as needed. He also supports antennae and cable systems at all schools and buildings, and oversees the public address systems, also known as the PA audio system, used in schools. McElhenny is well known among his peers for his professional attitude and strong work ethic. He strives to assist with any task he is given and is committed to excellence in his position. Mary B. Neal Elementary School Principal Carol Leveillee wrote a letter on behalf of McElhenny’s nomination and said his commitment to his profession is evident in all he does. “Eric is always dedicated to getting the job done. He is dependable and knowledgeable. He always has a solution to any issues. Whether it’s security, sound systems, speakers, intercoms, or whatever, Eric is on the job,” Leveillee wrote.

Trice has worked in the office at John Hanson since 2012 and handles several tasks for the school, including the school budget, payroll organization and financial reports. He also serves as the point of contact for technical and software support and helps to evaluate administrative operations. He manages the use of facilities calendar for Hanson and maintains all records related to the school’s accountability plan. Trice is well known among Hanson staff for his kind demeanor and professionalism. His dedication to detail and quality is evident in all jobs he manages. Trice offers his assistance when needed and strives to develop and maintain a positive rapport with students, staff and parents. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Trice serves as a mentor for students and helps coach basketball. Hanson special education teacher Megan English said Trice is an excellent role model for students. “He establishes positive relationships with students within the school through coaching, participation in PBIS activities, and just by being a respectable presence throughout the building. Many of my students with special needs look forward to chatting with him on a regular basis. He is an excellent role model for our students to look up to and happily takes on that responsibility,” English wrote in a nomination letter.

Ward’s career with CCPS spans more than 34 years and includes positions such as word processor operator, certification clerk, computer operator, accounting assistant and head of accounts payable. Ward was named the head of accounts payable in 2013 and develops queries to maintain payment records, reconciles vendor statements and obtains reimbursements from vendors. She also helped implement an electronic funds transfer payment system for accounts payable and assisted in developing a comprehensive binder of accounts payable procedures. She created helpful hints for secretaries to use when receiving invoices in the computer system and trains employees in retrieving documents from Laser Vault, a document management system used by CCPS. She is professional and demonstrates a strong work ethic, attention to detail and volunteers to take on difficult tasks when needed. In an award nomination letter, accounts payable staff member Ann Peddicord said that Ward goes above and beyond. “There is no job that she will not tackle with every ounce of energy she has to give and have it completed on time and as near to perfect that is possible. She is one of the most organized people that I have met, and one of the hardest working people that I know,” Peddicord wrote.

Woodland began his career with CCPS in 2002 and worked at General Smallwood Middle School and Henry E. Lackey High School as a building service worker. He was promoted to the building service manager at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in 2004 and took over the manager position in building services at Davis when the school opened in 2007. He works with contractors and coordinates the use of facilities for the school, county and community events. He assists with bi-annual bus evacuations, prepares the building for all events and helps to maintain areas outside of the school. He works with school administrators to ensure the school is safe and orderly, performs daily facility checks and maintains building inspection records. As building service manager, Woodland also prepares daily assignments for his staff and is well known for his attention to detail and strong work ethic. Davis Principal Stephanie Wesolowski said Woodland has been an integral part of the instructional program at Davis since the school opened. “Maintaining a large facility is no easy task, but you wouldn’t know it from observing the leadership qualities of Mr. Woodland. He is always available no matter how large or small the request and he is extremely dependable. He is truly an exemplary employee,” Wesolowski wrote in a nomination letter.

The Board each year honors exemplary staff members who provide creative and quality services that support the effective and efficient operations of the school system.  

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 36 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.