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Superintendent’s report

Superintendent Kimberly Hill updated the Board on the status of substitute training and screening, changes to the Teacher of the Year format, a grading policy survey available on the ccboe.com website under What’s New, the 2018 College Fair, free breakfast and her views on a recent report on student attendance graduation rates. The Superintendent briefed the Board about an independent audit commissioned last spring to review attendance regulations, record keeping, grades and the graduation rate to make sure Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is administering programs with high standards and fidelity. Superintendent's Report icon acrobat

Career and Technology Education (CTE)

Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs include 28 completer programs, nine career clusters, 10 four-year programs, 12 three-year programs and six two-year programs. CTE staff explained accountability requirements as well as efforts to provide students access and equity. Traci Chappelear, CTE coordinator, said there is full implementation of computer science and engineering as well as a CTE pipeline from kindergarten to Grade 12. CCPS is increasing its efforts to spread the word about CTE programs through school counseling and special presentations, including a planned eighth-grade showcase at the College of Southern Maryland. There is also a change to the North Point High School CTE application process this year that eliminates the student interview and teacher recommendations and creates a lottery selection process for eligible students. Chappelear also announced plans to use a $145,000 state grant to start the national Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) at Maurice J. McDonough High School in the fall. CTE Presentation icon acrobat

Counselors, psychologists and more

Students are getting more one-to-one time with school counselors this year. High school seniors and juniors will meet with their counselor at least once in the first semester. Members of the student services team presented the roles and duties of school counselors and psychologists. Judy Walton, director of the Charles County Community Mediation Center, provided insight into free mediation services, conflict resolution workshops and community conferencing for the Charles County community. Catherine Meyers, executive director of the Center for Children, provided information about a partnership with CCPS to offer more mental health resources. This is a trial year and the Center is providing therapists to meet with children at two middle schools and two high schools. The Center is providing the wrap-around services at no cost to the school system and is working to involve parents. School Counseling Presentation icon acrobat

CCPS receives $2.7 literacy grant

CCPS is using a three-year, $2.76 million federal literacy grant to target reading instruction, intervention, high quality professional development and effective screening. The grant will benefit students of all abilities and fund efforts to boost Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test scores among groups of students whose have lagged behind their peers. Staff members said they are using the grant to offer Leveled Literacy Interventions in elementary, middle and high schools while providing early childhood supports to bridge the readiness gap before children start kindergarten. CCPS has hired an early childhood community liaison and Level Literacy resource teacher through the grant. Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Grant presentation icon acrobat

Construction projects on track

Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services Michael Heim directed the Board to a construction status report on BoardDocs. Contractors have finished full-day kindergarten projects at Dr. James Craik and Berry elementary schools and the renovation and expansion of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School is 64 percent complete. Contractors anticipate finishing up at the new Billingsley Elementary School in December. Project Status Report icon acrobat

System receives clean audit

Assistant Superintendent of Fiscal Services Randy Sotomayor reported CCPS received its sixth consecutive clean financial audit this year. A representative from CliftonLarsonAllen, an independent financial auditing firm, presented the Board with the 2017-18 school year auditors’ report, stating there were no deficiencies or material findings. The auditor reviewed changes in accounting principles for Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) and its impact on future funding. Additionally, the audit reviews individual school funds, all of which ended with positive balances. “All schools are doing a good job managing their funds,” the auditor said. Financial Audit Report 2018 icon acrobat

Board presents resolutions

CCPS celebrates American Education Week Nov. 12-16. The week encourages Americans to celebrate public education and honor the people who are make a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. 

CCPS recognizes American Freedom Week Nov. 11-17 to commemorate history, celebrate freedoms and honor veterans. American Education Week resolution icon acrobat

Student recognition

The Board honored the following students in the areas of academic achievement, personal responsibility or career readiness: Cassidy Burch, senior, academic achievement, Thomas Stone High School; Evann Yake, eighth-grade, career readiness, General Smallwood Middle School; Simon Dean, fifth-grade, academic achievement, William A. Diggs Elementary School; and Julia Taboga, fifth-grade, personal responsibility, J.P. Ryon Elementary School. Click here to read about their achievements.

Employee recognitions

The Board honored the following employees as exemplary: Gwendolyn Todd, resource teacher, Stone; Elizabeth Adams, language arts teacher, Smallwood; Natalie Wagner, fifth-grade teacher, Diggs; and Sarah Kilikewich, Reading Recovery teacher, Ryon. Click here to read about their achievements.

Public Forum

Four people spoke during Public Forum. Three speakers, Tracy Wolff, Maureen Mears and Elizabeth Bradshaw talked about students with dyslexia and learning opportunities for educators.

They also asked for more assistive technology and training for students. Rachel Perella spoke about Career and Technology Education and her efforts to get information about specific courses, certification, and students who have withdrawn from classes.

Action items

Board members unanimously approved the minutes from the Sept. 11 meeting, the Superintendent’s personnel recommendations, the fiscal year 2019 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan and changes to the 3000 series policy.