Month: June 2013


Board approves new principals, vice principals Amy Hollstein, principal of C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School, has been named as assistant superintendent of instruction, completing incoming Superintendent Kimberly Hill's top executive staff appointments. Also approved today were the appointments of Linda Gill, principal of Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School, and Marvin Jones, principal of Berry Elementary School, as executive directors of administration. The Board of Education also approved the appointments of four new principals and nine vice principals, and Hill announced transfers of three principals and 10 vice principals. “Amy Hollstein is a proven instructional leader who will guide Read more…


When James E. Richmond finishes his final day with Charles County Public Schools June 28, he completes 47 years of service with Charles County Public Schools, the last 17 years as Superintendent of Schools. Charles County's longtime Superintendent calls himself an accidental Superintendent, but the school system accomplishments over nearly two decades are the result of a self-described comfortable leader who provided a vision to develop an emerging school system. “I thank the public, the teachers and children… I thank everyone. I didn't do this alone,” Richmond said. Richmond, who started his career in 1966 as a social studies teacher Read more…


The Board of Education is holding an executive session phone conference today, Friday, June 28, at 12 p.m. at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building 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. Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 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 Read more…


Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond received several honors during the Board of Education's June 11 meeting, including the presentation of a citation from Gov. Martin O'Malley, to highlight his 47-year career in education with Charles County Public Schools, and contributions he has made for children in the Charles County community. Pat Foerster, education policy advisor with the governor's office, presented a citation to Richmond on behalf of Gov. O'Malley and the state of Maryland to recognize the successes the school system has experienced under his leadership. During her introductory comments, Foerster specifically acknowledged the reading program in Charles County Read more…


The Board of Education and its two employee groups – the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) – signed contracts Tuesday for the 2013-14 school year. The contracts include a one-step increase for eligible employees, but do not include a cost-of-living adjustment. Costs for health care insurance will not increase, but will be re-examined in January when the benefit period renews itself for the January through December calendar year. Any recommended changes will begin in January 2014. Highlights from the EACC contract include: All eligible employees will receive one Read more…


Susan McCormick, a vice principal at Thomas Stone High School, was recently named the 2013 Charles County Public Schools Vice Principal of the Year. McCormick has been an educator with the school system for the past 32 years and a vice principal at Stone since 2005. Her nomination was a surprise and McCormick said she is honored to be selected from among a strong group of school system administrators. “There are so many great vice principals in the county, I was surprised I was selected. This award is not just about me. I could never have received this honor without Read more…


The Board of Education honored six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees with Outstanding Personnel Awards on June 11. Honored were: Ricky Rawls, building service assistant manager, C. Paul Barnhart Elementary School; Charles Ford, food service manager, North Point High School; Mary Long, computer technology instructional assistant, Piccowaxen Middle School; Joseph Dorsey, general maintenance worker, Radio Station Road Annex Building; Dorothy Johnson, secretary, General Smallwood Middle School; and Tak Cheng, network engineer, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. Rawls is the 2013 Outstanding Building Service Employee. He is the building service assistant manager and has worked at Barnhart since 1997. Rawls Read more…


The Board of Education today approved the plan for the high school redistricting, which creates an attendance zone for St. Charles High School and relieves overcrowding at the six existing high schools. The Board approved Superintendent of Schools James E. Richmond's recommendation of Proposal B with a modification with a vote of 6 to 1 at its monthly meeting. During discussion on the vote, Board Chairman Roberta S. Wise emphasized that the high school redistricting process is necessary. “All of us know that this is not an easy decision to make. If we could have opened St. Charles High School Read more…


Charles County Public Schools, in partnership with other county agencies, is offering the summer food service program from June 24 to Aug. 9. The program is free and is provided by multiple Charles County agencies and organizations, and through the Federal Meals program. Acceptance and participation requirements for the summer food service program are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Lunches are served Monday through Friday and times and locations vary. The following sites are participating in the program at the times listed, and all lunches must be consumed on site: Henry Read more…


Amit Patel, a rising senior at Maurice J. McDonough High School, is the student member of the Board of Education of Charles County for the 2013-14 school year. He will be sworn in to the position by Board of Education Chairman Roberta S. Wise at the June 11 meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. As the Student Board Member, Patel will work with a student liaison committee throughout the school year. The following students were selected as members of the student liaison committee: Kim Jacks, rising junior, Henry E. Lackey High School liaison; Katherine Snee, rising senior, La Plata High Read more…

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