The Board of Education at its April 30 work session suggested additional changes to its personnel policy series, weighed in on the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school calendars and planned for recognition of school volunteers.

Policy 4000

The Board reviewed a subcommittee’s suggested changes to the 4000 section of Board policy, which addresses all aspects of personnel, including recruitment and selection, contacts, tenure, assignment and transfers, and provides guidance and procedures for both certificated and support staff members. Board members suggested minor changes to the subcommittee recommendations. Suggested changes can be viewed on BoardDocs at in the April 30 meeting agenda. 

Be the Difference Volunteer Award

The Board agreed to announce the winners of its 2018 Be the Difference Volunteer awards at a reception June 25. The Be the Difference Award program, which was introduced this year, recognizes the contributions of outstanding school volunteers to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and individual schools. At the reception, the Board will honor one elementary school, one middle school and one high school parent volunteer, and a community organization. 

School calendar

Staff Attorney Eric Schwartz provided a summary of how the Maryland State Department of Education has interpreted a recently enacted state law addressing school calendar waiver issues. Gov. Larry Hogan’s Executive Order mandates a June 15 closing date, and the new law addresses the local board’s authority to extend the calendar up to 5 school days without applying for a waiver from the Maryland State Board of Education. Board members discussed possible ways to change both the approved 2018-19 school year calendar and the proposed 2019-20 school calendar to include more days to spring break, but were unable to add days and still comply with state requirements. View the 2018-19 calendar at a glance, which includes start, end and holiday dates, at

Next meeting

The Board of Education’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 8 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. and student and staff recognition starts at 4:30 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 streamed live on the school system website at Select the live streaming image displayed in the center of the homepage. View the agenda at