Month: October 2016


The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building on Radio Station Road in La Plata. The public portion of the meeting begins at 1 p.m. The meeting is televised live on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon FiOS Channel 12, and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Board meetings are also streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) website, www.ccboe.com. Click on the middle of the main page to start the live streaming. The following is a meeting agenda, and is subject to change. Executive session – 12 p.m. Call Read more…


Weather forecasts and accuracy are two terms most often not used in the same sentence. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with several partner agencies, has been working to develop new solutions to provide faster, more accurate weather forecasts and inclement weather warnings. In just a few weeks, NOAA will launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R, known as the GOES-R, aboard a rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. And three Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers will witness it. As part of the GOES-R Teacher Workshop planned for next month at the Kennedy Space Center, CCPS Read more…


The Board of Education is holding its first elementary school redistricting meeting on Monday, Oct. 24 to provide information about the process to develop new elementary school attendance zones. Staff members will explain the redistricting timeline, committee selection process, how alternatives will be developed and provide opportunities for community input. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Westlake High School in Waldorf. A question/answer period will follow the presentation. The committee has not yet developed alternatives or proposals. Committee work begins following the Oct. 24 public meeting. The redistricting committee’s task is to develop and evaluate potential elementary Read more…


The gyms of Maurice J. McDonough and La Plata high schools received a facelift over the summer with new bleachers and wood floors. The renovation projects started after school let out in June, and are being wrapped up in early October. The bleachers were replaced due to age, not out of safety concerns, said Steven Andritz, director of planning and construction for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). While bleachers are inspected annually and maintained, the old bleachers were not fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and were becoming dated, Glenn Belmore, risk manager for CCPS, said. The Read more…

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