Certificated Staff Recruitment Incentives
Below are some of the incentives that Charles County Public Schools provides to certificated staff.
- Teacher Mentor Program
- National Board Certified Stipend—$10,000.00 (Effective 7/1/2022)
- Up to $5,000.00 per year in tuition reimbursement
- Relocation stipend up to $2,500.00 based on distance (Minimum of 75 miles to qualify)
- New Teacher Orientation week stipend—based on attendance
- Reimbursement available for required Maryland Teacher Exams (if necessary)
- Waiver of fingerprint and initial certification fees
- Opportunities for summer employment
SY 2022-2023 STARTING SALARIES
- BA $57,234
- MA $61,882
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Charles County Public School by the Numbers
Total Enrollment 27,000
22 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle Schools, 7 High Schools, 5 Educational Centers
Life in Charles County
Charles County is one of the fastest growing communities in the state of Maryland. Since 2000, the County's population has grown more than 22 percent.
Close to Washington DC, but a world away, Charles County is known for its rich history, scenic outdoors, panoramic waterfront views, great dining, excellent schools, and lower cost of living relative to the rest of the region. It has become an attractive place for young professionals and families looking for a vibrant community with many quality of life amenities and easy access to the surrounding major cities.
Other Fun Facts —Waldorf, Charles County, was ranked in 2012 CNN Money's "Best Places to Live". Charles County is only 30 minutes from Washington, DC and 25 minutes from the National Harbor. Ranked in the top 11 highest-income counties in the nation.
Chartered more than 350 years ago, Charles County is a vibrant community with a rich heritage representing more than 200 years of American history.
One of the oldest towns on the East Coast, Port Tobacco was established in 1634. Charles County was established in 1658 and named for the third Baron Baltimore, Charles Calvert. One of the first ports on the Patuxent River, Benedict, was established in 1683. Waldorf, Maryland started as a rural crossroads and was originally called Beantown. The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad added a station to Waldorf in 1872. The Town of La Plata serves as the county seat for the Charles County Government and was originally founded in the 1870's as the Pennsylvania Railroad was granted a right of way to build its tracks and station. Indian Head was established in 1920 and is named for the Algonquin Indian Tribe who were settled on the headlands of the Potomac. Charles County is known for many historic landmarks and attractions with nearly 40 listings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Charles County offers high-quality, award-winning educational programs and institutions that provide the business community with a highly-educated workforce.
As a state, Maryland's public school system has consistently achieved "top-in-the nation" status.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is a concentration that Charles County has embedded into curriculum from pre-K through grade 12 classrooms. North Point High School, one of seven high schools in the County, offers 16 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. An estimated half of the student body is enrolled in one of these programs. Programs include biotechnology, engineering, Cisco Networking Academy, and more. The Mid-Atlantic corridor (region including Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) has the greatest concentration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related industries in the world.
Outdoors & Parks
300 miles of shoreline on the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers create opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, picnics, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, bird watching,
and treasure hunting. The County is home to miles of scenic trails great for hiking and biking and 30 county parks totaling 3,626 acres with a variety of activities including a 13-mile hiker/biker trail, 60-acre lake, fishing piers, swimming, skate park, tennis courts, picnic facilities, and lighted athletic fields. Three state parks and four natural wildlife areas cover nearly 10,000 acres.
From apartments and townhomes to luxury single family and historical homes, to waterfront properties, Charles County offers residents a wide variety of housing
options, whether for purchase or for rent. There are apartments and homes within walking distance to year-around attractions. New home communities are abundant throughout Charles County and newcomers will find a great selection of new and single-family homes designed to fit every budget with excellent schools, both public and private, close by. For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle scenic homes abound along back country roads and homes with amazing waterfront and panoramic views.
Cost of Living
Charles County's cost of living is among the lowest in the Washington Metro Area. In particular, housing is considerably more affordable than elsewhere in the region.
Capital Clubhouse offers a 90,000 square-foot ice rink, multi-purpose field, 30-foot climbing wall, eatery, summer camps, and an on-site sporting equipment shop. For avid golfers,
Charles County offers the White Plains Golf Course, Hawthorne Country Club, and Swan Point Yacht and Country Club.
Sports & Entertainment
Regency Furniture Stadium is home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs professional baseball club with over 70 home games as well as concerts, expos,
and other entertainment events throughout the year.
The College of Southern Maryland features theater, musical performances, art, and cultural events; the award-winning Port Tobacco Players are known for their excellent
stage productions; Black Box Theatre offers professional theater, music, and music festivals. In addition, the county's rich history is preserved in a number of historical sites and scenic trails
Charles County's growing culinary scene offers residents and visitors a wide range of dining experiences from amazing seafood at one of its waterfront restaurants,
to one of a variety of ethnic cuisine such as Peruvian and Thai, to casual dining with a local flair.Regency Furniture Stadium is home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs professional baseball club with over 70 home games as well as concerts, expos,
Charles County Public Schools Benefits Summary for Certificated Staff
As a CCPS employee, you have a wide range of benefits available to you and your family (benefit limitations for part-time employees are noted below). This summary is provided as an overview of these benefits. Some of the benefits described here are optional and it is important that you understand your choices and enroll within the required period of time. This handout does not contain complete terms or conditions of any of the school system’s current benefit plans and policies; it is intended to provide general explanations. Complete terms and conditions of the employee benefits plans can be found in the respective plan documents and trust agreements. In an instance of conflict between this summary and a benefit policy or plan, the plan of benefits, plan documents, and the various policy provisions will govern.
Benefits Eligibility Table
The following table summarizes eligibility for employee benefits according to employment classification:
|Benefit||Full-Time||Part-Time (20+ hours)||Temporary|
|Paid Personal Leave (10 and 11 month employees only)||Yes||Yes**||No|
|Paid Sick Leave||Yes||Yes**||Yes|
|Paid Annual Leave (12 month employees only)||Yes||Yes**||No|
|Paid Holidays (12 month administrators only)||Yes||Yes**||No|
|403(b) or 457 Plan*||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, Vision)*||Yes||Yes||No|
|Group Term Life Insurance (provided by CCPS/VOYA)*||Yes||Yes||No|
|Group Supplemental Life Insurance (Voya)||Yes||Yes||No|
|Other Voluntary Benefits (Aflac)||Yes||Yes||No|
*Benefit offered on a pre-tax basis.
**Part-time employees will accrue sick leave, personal leave or annual leave (12 month employees only) at the individual
percentage of a normal workday. Holiday pay pro-rated (12 month employees).
- Leave Benefits
- Retirement: Reformed Contributory Pension Benefit Plan
- Tuition Reimbursement
- 403(b) and 457 Plan ~Voluntary Benefit
- Healthcare ~Voluntary Benefit
- Group Term Life Insurance (Voya) ~ Voluntary Benefit
- Group Term Life Supplement Insurance (Voya) ~ Voluntary Benefit
- Short Term Disability ~ Voluntary Benefit
- Dependent Care (DDC) or Unreimbursed Medical (URM) ~Voluntary Benefit
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Personal Leave: Two (2) days of leave per year for the first two years of service. Three (3) days of personal leave with 3 – 14 years of service. Four (4) days of personal leave with fifteen years or more of service. Certified employees may accrue up to six days of personal leave and may use up to six days in one year. Employees need to provide at least two weeks notice to the principal or supervisor (except in case of emergency) when he/she plans to use more than three consecutive personal leave days. Any days of personal leave accrued in excess of six days will be credited to the employee’s accumulated sick leave balance
- Sick Leave: All Full or Part-Time employees can accrue sick leave at the rate of one day for each month of completed service. Employees who are absent from work because of a personal illness may use their accrued sick leave. There is no limit on the accumulation of sick leave. Temporary staff earn sick and safe leave at a rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours the employee works.
- Annual Leave: Twelve month employees will earn twenty-five (25) days of annual leave for a full year of service
- Other Paid Leave: Bereavement-Leave up to five days for immediate family
- Jury Duty-Administrative Leave with pay while serving jury duty
Mandatory contribution of 7% of salary to the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (MSRPS):
- Vested after 10 years of eligibility service
- Full Service Retirement achieved once “Rule of 90” met (sum of age and eligibility service must equal 90) or age 65 with at least 10 years of eligibility service
- Early Service Retirement available at age 60 with a minimum of 15 years eligibility service
- Average Final Compensation calculated using highest 5 consecutive years
- Benefit Multiplier of 1.5%
- Annual cost-of-living adjustments provided (linked to CPI but capped at 2.5%)
- Visit http://www.sra.state.md.us/ for additional information
- Certified professional employees holding Conditional Certification, Standard Professional Certification (SPC) or Advanced Professional Certification (APC) are reimbursed at the rate of $2,225 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) for CCPS-approved, accredited university courses
- The courses for employees with a Bachelor’s degree must be in a Master’s degree program which has been approved by a college advisor and the CCPS Human Resources Office. Courses for employees with a Master’s degree must be in a job-related area and have prior approval of the Superintendent or designee
- Employees with a Bachelor’s degree must earn a grade of C or better and the employees with a Master’s degree must earn a grade of B or better in order to receive reimbursement
- Employees who are requesting Direct Bill (McDaniel College, Notre Dame of Maryland University and Towson University only) must complete the Direct Bill Form and Tuition Reimbursement Form prior to registering for the course
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield administers CCPS’ medical, dental, and vision benefits for employees. To locate a doctor or dentist, visit CareFirst’s website at: www.carefirst.com.
- Caremark/CVS administers CCPS’ prescription drug benefit for employees
- Employees working at least 20 hours per week become eligible for coverage immediately if hired by the tenth of the month or, if after the tenth, on the first of the month following the date of hire. Ten-month teachers hired during the summer months will be eligible for coverage on September 1st.
- CCPS contributes 75% of the health insurance premium (which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription drug plan)
- Applicable employee contributions are automatically deducted from employee’s paychecks
- AFLAC makes this coverage available to CCPS Employees. Employees working at least 20 hours per week are eligible upon hire
- You choose a level of coverage that best meets your individual financial needs
- Monthly Benefits from $500 to $5,000, subject to income requirements and benefit period restrictions
An Important Piece of the Puzzle
Every new teacher is assigned a New Teacher Mentor for the year. Mentors work at multiple schools with a caseload of approximately 15 new teachers. Your mentor is available by email, and will meet with you weekly for feedback, planning and discussion of challenges in the classroom.
Observations of Master Teachers
All new teachers are eligible to request opportunities to observe a master teacher and to have a master teacher visit them in their classroom. Observations are a great way to build a professional network with experienced teachers and to set aside time to reflect on professional practice in a collaborative venue.
Instructional Leadership Teams (ILT)
All schools have one or more full release Resource Teachers to support instruction in the classroom. Elementary and middle schools have an ILT for Reading, Math, and Gifted Education Support.
Department Chairs and Grade or Team Leaders
Meet the other instructional leaders in your building. Department chairs and other team leaders are a wonderful resource for new teachers. These professionals work in your content area or grade level providing a valuable teaching resource in your building. Principals often organize school embedded professional development to give teachers time to work with their teams for planning analyzing instruction.
Content Area and Curriculum Specialists
Starting with New Teacher Orientation in August and continuing throughout the year, you will work with your Content Specialists. This fantastic team organizes the curriculum and resources that you will use in your classroom. They visit classrooms, offer in-service training, and organize a multitude of student events and competitions throughout the year.
Ongoing Professional Development (PD and Online Transcripts of Learning)
Content Specialists, ILT, and mentors collaborate to plan and offer a wide variety of professional development throughout the year. Workshops are advertised online and through spotlight emails to help you find opportunities to meet your specific needs. Afterschool and summer workshops often pay teachers a stipend for participation. Online courses are offered for credit as well. CCPS offers an online portal to track your PD history. You can login and print your personal PD transcript as documentation of your learning activities. This is valuable when meeting with your principal or when preparing for certification renewal.
For more information, contact the Office of Professional Learning at 301-934-7360 or visit http://registration.ccboe.com
FY – 2023-2024
TEACHER SALARY SCALE 10-MONTH EMPLOYEE: U1
Additional pay per year:
Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC): 2,500
National Board Certification (NBC): 2,500
National Certified Counselor (NCC): 2,500
|BS||Bachelor's Degree||MA30||30 credit hours beyond Master's Degree, 21 of the credits must be graduate credits|
|X||Half-year of previous experience|
|APC||Advanced Professional Certificate||DR||Doctorate degree|