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Board of Education hosts local delegation, Commissioners for annual meeting

The Board of Education of Charles County on Nov. 27 met with members of the Southern Maryland delegation and the Charles County Commissioners to discuss educational topics including 2024 Board legislative priorities, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation and Board member compensation.

The Board hosts an annual legislative breakfast meeting before the Maryland General Assembly convenes in January to share with delegation members and the Commissioners information, concerns and educational issues and topics. An agenda for the breakfast is posted on Board Docs.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D., reviewed with attendees the school system’s progress on implementing requirements outlined in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation. Navarro shared updates on increases in enrollment for the CCPS prekindergarten program, the expansion of the National Board Certification process and interest for CCPS teachers, and the addition of new Advanced Placement (AP) courses and Early College Program pathways for high school students.

Navarro also shared that CCPS has fully implemented a new career advisor position at all middle schools and recently expanded student apprenticeship opportunities as part of the Maryland Youth Apprentice program. She shared that CCPS is an active apprentice employer, with nine CCPS high school students currently working within schools and in departments located at the CCPS administrative building. A copy of the presentation from the event is posted here.

Joining Board members and Navarro for the meeting were members of the Board of Charles County Commissioners including Commissioner’s President Reuben B. Collins, II, and Commissioners Gilbert Bowling, Ralph Patterson and Amanda Stewart. Also participating were Sen. Arthur Ellis, Del. Edith Patterson, and representatives of other delegates and senators from Districts 27 and 28 to include Delegates Debra Davis, Kevin Harris and C.T. Wilson, and Sen. Michael Jackson.

Navarro and other CCPS staff shared with attendees legislation slated to come before the General Assembly that would impact education in Charles County and pillar areas outlined in the Blueprint such as early childhood, high quality diverse teachers and leaders, college and career pathways, student supports, governance and accountability. The presentation outlines the Board’s legislative priorities for 2024.

Additionally, Board members raised the topic of Board member compensation to include an increase in the scholarship provided to the Student Member of the Board. Board member compensation is determined under state law by county. Any changes would have to be adopted during the state legislative session. Officials in attendance advised the Board to collect public feedback on Board member compensation amounts.

The breakfast was recorded and available on the CCPS YouTube page. Click here for a direct video link.

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 37 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).