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Students soar in state competitions

The Board of Education and Charles County Commissioners recognized students receiving state-level recognition. Honored were first-place winners from the state Destination Imagination (DI) tournament, the Maryland State Theatre Festival and the SkillsUSA championships.

Recognition of student liaisons

The Board of Education said goodbye to its 2018-19 student leaders. Honored were Krisha Patel, student Board member; Westlake High School;  Alexis Lepe, alternate student Board member, North Point High School; Emily Kerns, student liaison, Maurice J. McDonough High School; Katherine O’Meara, student liaison, St. Charles High School; Hannah Piazza, student liaison, La Plata High School; France Tomgambo-Kaye, student liaison, Thomas Stone High School; Christine Walker, student liaison, Henry E. Lackey High School; and Brianna Wilson, student liaison, Westlake.

Superintendent’s update

Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill highlighted suggested changes to the cell phone policy and dress code rules, the school year 2020-21 calendar, the summer meals program and end-of year events. Superintendent's Report icon acrobat

Dress code, cell phone use under review

The Board reviewed additional changes to the dress code, which restored prohibitions to headwear and included discussion on the length requirement for shorts and skirts. The Board also discussed changes to the cell phone policy and rules. Discipline Review Committee Report icon acrobat 

Looking ahead to SY 2020-2021

The Board of Education approves each school calendar at least a full year in advance of opening day. The Board determined it was too late to change the school calendar for next school year, 2019-20, which includes a post-Labor Day start and shortened spring break. The Board is considering the school calendar for the 2020-21 school year, which proposes that schools open the week before Labor Day, a weeklong spring break and five inclement weather days. The Board will vote on the 2020-21 calendar at its June meeting. CCPS 2020-2021 Calendar Suggestions icon acrobat

Education for young learners

Early childhood staff presented an overview of early childhood education. Included in the report is information about the Infant and Toddlers Program, early intervention, the Judy Center, Title I three-year-old program, the application process for prekindergarten, a Striving Readers Grant and conscious discipline, an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning. Overview of Early Childhood Education Report icon acrobat 

Educational Facilities Master Plan

Supporting services staff presented the fiscal year 2020 Educational Facilities Master Plan. The plan is the first step in the state’s school construction program process that leads to the development and approval of a state-supported Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Revision to the plan must be submitted annually to the Maryland Department of Planning by July 1. This report is an identification of needs document. FY 2020 Educational Facilities Master Plan icon acrobat

Eva Turner slated for construction

Eva Turner Elementary School is closer to receiving a renovation and addition. Supporting services presented plans as well as bids for the project. The Board will vote to award the construction contract for the $23 million project at its June meeting. Construction at Eva Turner is expected to start this summer and be completed by August 2021. Eva Turner Construction Contract Award Approval  icon acrobat

Students go green with recycling

Piccowaxen Middle School and Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School students are “Sorting it Out” through a recycling and pilot composting program. The students are helping to reduce the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) carbon footprint through increased recycling efforts and composting. Recycling and Pilot Composting Program icon acrobat

Recognition

The Board honored Henry E. Lackey High School Principal Kathy Perriello as the CCPS Principal of the Year.

 The Board honored four students for their accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility.

  • Danny Beverly Jr., senior; academic achievement; North Point High School
  • Tyrone Hudson Jr., eighth grade; personal responsibility; Mattawoman Middle School
  • Terra Newcamp, fifth grade; career readiness; Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School
  • Mariah Carter, fifth grade; academic achievement; Mary B. Neal Elementary School

 Click here to read about the students’ accomplishments.

The Board recognized four exemplary employees.

  • Melissa Palmer, education careers teacher, North Point
  • Kimberly Stackhouse-Isaac, math teacher, Mattawoman
  • Corey Specht, fifth-grade teacher, Mitchell
  • Julie Glorioso, special education teacher, Neal

Click here to read about the exemplary staff

Ruth Ann Hall awards

Seventeen CCPS students were honored with Ruth Ann Hall Champion Scholar Awards. The awards program is for middle school students and recognizes honorees for a commitment to academics, classroom improvement and modeling positive behavior. The award was established by the Education Association of Charles County as a memorial to Ruth Ann Hall, who had a 20-year career as a teacher in Charles County and also served as EACC president. Click here to read about the students honored

Public Forum

No one signed up to speak at Public Forum.

Action items

The Board unanimously approved personnel actions, including 60 certificated appointments, 52 releases without prejudice, seven releases with prejudice, 19 retirements, one recommendation for termination and one leave of absence. The Board also approved candidates for principal and vice principal pools, minutes from its April meetings and an intercategory budget change.

Fresh Start Academy Town Hall

The Board of Education hosted a town hall to hear comments about Fresh Start Academy, a regular CCPS program for kindergarten through Grade 2 students who persistently demonstrate behavior that impedes their ability to learn. The program will provide highly structured, therapeutic supports for participating students. Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein provided an overview of the program before opening the floor for public comment. Approximately 40 people spoke at the forum. Click here to read more about the Fresh Start Academy.

Click here to watch the Board Meeting and the Town Hall on CCPS TV