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Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill updated the Board on the work of the Discipline Review Committee. After four meetings, the committee has reviewed and made suggestions on the transportation, dress code and cell phone sections of the Code of Student Conduct. Hill also previewed staff reports on the Maurice J. McDonough High School renovation, the Fresh Start Academy, testing and legislation. She also announced the last day of school for students, which is June 12. Superintendent's Report icon acrobat

Testing time and purpose 

Staff presented an overview of testing that included its impact on teacher evaluations as well as the number, timeline and purpose of each test. The report also outlined the number of minutes students are tested each year and gave information on the Bridge Project, which is an alternative way for students to meet testing graduation requirements. Overview of Testing Presentation icon acrobat


Fresh Start Academy

Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein presented the Fresh Start Academy, a program for children in kindergarten through Grade 2. Children recommended for the program are those who repeatedly display extreme disruptive behaviors. The program will provide the support needed to help our youngest children develop self-control without falling behind academically. The goal of Fresh Start is to identify students with behavior problems early and address the behaviors. The experience helps the student continue with his/her regular studies while staff introduces a positive approach to behavioral support through early intervention. Fresh Start Academy Fact Sheet icon acrobat  Fresh Start Academy Presentation icon acrobat

Review the new textbooks

Instruction staff is recommending new textbooks for the 2019-20 school year. Staff has proposed 10 textbooks for use in three Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Natural Resources and Ecology and Environmental Science Issues. Other proposed textbooks include two for Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) courses and one for a Business, Management and Finance class. CCPS will display the books and accept comments for 30 days. The CTE and TAM books are on display at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building and Maurice J. McDonough High School. The business and finance textbook, “MGMT 11,” is on display at Starkey and Thomas Stone High School. Read more about the textbooks

McDonough renovation moving forward

Board members heard from Maurice J. McDonough High School Principal Steven Roberts, supporting services staff and architects from Smolen, EMR, Ilkovitch Architects about plans for the renovation of McDonough. Initial renovation plans include relocating the front office, adding a guided security vestibule and developing a new space for a performing arts program, which would include dance. Proposed spaces for a performing arts program include a Black Box theater, band room, dance room, choral room, keyboard lab, set design/storage, dressing rooms, practice rooms, and other assorted office and storage spaces. Maurice J. McDonough High School Schematic Design icon acrobat

Superintendent requests intercategory budget change

Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Randy Sotomayor presented the Superintendent’s request for an intercategory budget transfer of $7.3 million to support instructional supplies and materials, more buses for the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, enrollment growth and additional programs, replacement of older laptops and computers in computer labs, and maintenance projects including renovations at schools. Intercategory Budget Transfer Request icon acrobat

Funding, accountability and student discipline laws pass

Staff Attorney Eric Schwartz presented a legislative report and outlined new laws that require additional funding, more focus on restorative practices and child sexual abuse and misconduct by staff, an increase in the minimum wage, more local control of the school calendar, state assessments and graduation requirements, and local board authority and accountability. Legislative Report icon acrobat

Unfinished business

The Board approved dates for a Support Staff Town Hall on April 29 and the Be the Difference volunteer awards ceremony on June 10. Board members requested staff to develop alternative dates for a community town hall.

Recognition

The Board presented the following resolutions

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Administrative Professionals Week
  • Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week 
  • National Physical Education and Sport Week 

Read about the resolutions here.  

The Board honored five students for their accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement and personal responsibility. 

  • Deuvon Desir, senior, academic achievement, Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
  • Maize Wimbush, seventh grade, personal responsibility, Matthew Henson Middle School
  • Asalah Keita, fifth grade, personal responsibility, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School
  • Jamel Williams, Jr., fifth grade, academic achievement, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School
  • Faith Fisher, fifth grade, academic achievement, William B. Wade Elementary School

Read about the students’ accomplishments.

The Board recognized five exemplary employees.

  • Brinson Lundegard, science teacher, Stethem
  • Ayesha Claytor-Stanislas, social studies teacher, Henson
  • Alexandra Anderson, fourth-grade teacher, Jenifer
  • Shellia Soderstrom, reading resource teacher, Mudd
  • Jennifer Diaz, secretary, Wade

Read more about the employees honored.

Public Forum

Ten people spoke at Public Forum. The majority of the speakers were students whose Destination Imagination teams placed third in the state competition but were not advanced to the global tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. The students objected to not being allowed to compete in the global tournament and asked that the Board reconsider that decision for next year. Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) paid for teams that placed first and second at the state level to compete in the global tournament. The Board also heard from a Charles County NAACP representative who has concerns about the Fresh Start Academy. A teacher thanked the Board and the Superintendent for all they do and especially for the personal support CCPS staff has provided.

Action items

The Board unanimously approved personnel actions, including 23 certificated appointments, 26 releases without prejudice, one release with prejudice, eight retirements, six leaves of absence and one administrative appointment. Additionally, the Board approved minutes from its March meetings and an updated grading policy.