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Board hosting April 23 Town Hall on proposed budget

The Board of Education of Charles County is hosting a Town Hall on Tuesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the boardroom at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building. The Starkey Building is located at 5980 Radio Station Road in La Plata.

Parents, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend to ask questions or provide comments about the Town Hall topic – the Fiscal Year 2025 proposed operating budget, or any other education-related topic. A summary of the 2025 proposed operating budget request is posted on the CCPS website here.

The event is open to the public and will livestream on the CCPS website at www.ccboe.com. There will also be a virtual option for questions and comments. Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D., and CCPS staff will provide an overview of the budget request for next school year. The remaining time is reserved for questions, answers and comments from Board members, staff and attendees.

Questions, comments and/or other ideas shared should reference education-related topics. Attendees will be asked to limit their time to three minutes to provide adequate time for other attendees to participate.

Attendees interested in speaking in person must register on site at the Town Hall. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside of the boardroom. Virtual speakers must sign up by 5 p.m., April 23 and have an active Zoom account. Click here to register for virtual participation.  

Depending on how many registrations the Board receives on site, in-person sign-ups may close after 7:30 p.m. to allow as many speakers as possible an opportunity to speak. Anyone who signs up to speak will receive an assigned number and be called to speak by that number. Virtual speakers will be rotated with in-person speakers.

The Board encourages community members to submit questions or comments in advance. An electronic form is linked below. The form will close for submissions at 11:59 p.m., April 21.

Submit a question or comment/topic in advance using the form here. 

The Town Hall format will follow the Board of Education’s guidelines for public forum. Questions, comments and/or other ideas shared should reference education-related topics. All speakers should identify themselves, and personnel matters, pending or potential appeals, or comments regarding the actions or statements of individual CCPS staff members or the private lives of any individual are not appropriate topics for the Town Hall. Proper language and decorum is required by all participants and attendees.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 38 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, 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.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).