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School system receives clean audit report

An independent auditor from CliftonLarsonAllen LLP presented the 2018-19 school year financial audit and reported that Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) financial reports are in order. Auditors presented CCPS with an opinion that they found no material weaknesses —meaning they found no deficiency in the school system’s internal controls — during its annual audit of the school system’s basic financial statements. Audit Report for FY 2019 icon acrobat

Diversity and equity policy on horizon

Superintendent Kimberly Hill outlined changes to the minority achievement department, now called the Office of Diversity and Equity. She talked about professional development and committees that are helping the school system develop a diversity and equity policy and plan. The Superintendent also reported that State Superintendent Karen Salmon is visiting Charles County on Oct. 9 to learn more about how CCPS provides professional development. Superintendent's Report for Oct. 8, 2019 icon acrobat

Food and Nutrition Services

The big four lunch items for students are pizza, mini calzones, cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, and Food and Nutrition specialists try to incorporate popular items on the menu more frequently. The supervisors talked to the Board about the summer meals program, the challenges in finding food service workers, a decline in breakfast participation and menu changes. Additionally, supervisors updated the Board on recent legislation that decreases the amount students eligible for reduced meals pay by 10 cents annually, starting next school year. By 2023, a student who is eligible for reduced price meals will not pay any portion of the cost of the meal. Food and Nutrition Services Report icon acrobat

New hires by the numbers

CCPS hired 277 new teachers this school year, 125 for elementary schools and 152 at the secondary level. The majority of teachers, 227, are female and 50 are male. New hires, said Nikial Majors, are a diverse group with 47 percent white, 43.7 percent black or African American, 5 percent Latino, 2 percent Asian, 1 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native, 1 percent multiracial and .3 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Majors said the increase in minority hiring is a direct result of human resources’ strategic recruitment efforts. In Maryland, said David Shimizu, human resources generalist, CCPS ranks fourth among counties in the state when it comes to hiring minority candidates. Teacher Staffing Update icon acrobat

The Board presented the following resolutions.

  • American Education Week
  • American Freedom Week

Click here to read about the resolutions.

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

  • Jasmine Glover, Grade 12, personal responsibility, North Point High School
  • Adrian Evans-Jones, Grade 8, career readiness, Mattawoman Middle School
  • Matthew Bowling, Grade 5, academic achievement, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School
  • Gabriella Varela, Grade 5, academic achievement, Mary B. Neal Elementary School

Click here to read about the students’ accomplishments.

The Board recognized four exemplary employees.

  • Joseph Burton, math teacher, North Point
  • Anisah Ansari, language arts teacher, Mattawoman
  • Jennifer Elder, instructional resource teacher, Mitchell
  • Cassandra Baugher, special education teacher, Neal

Click here to read about the employees.

Public forum

Two people spoke at public forum. Derrick Terry talked about the crisis in hiring black male teachers and his research that shows why black males are underrepresented in the teaching profession. Dionne Morgan asked the Board to determine how they are going to handle Destination Imagination teams that qualify for the world championship. She also complimented the new principal at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School.

Action items

The Board approved the minutes of the Sept. 10 meeting as well as personnel actions, including: 16 certificated appointments, seven releases with prejudice; two retirements; and two leaves of absence. The Board also approved the 2020 Comprehensive Maintenance Plan that helps ensure school facilities are cared for appropriately. The Board voted to approve the contract award for the renovation and expansion of Benjamin Stoddert Middle School to Keller Brothers, Inc. in the amount of $48,183,000.

Want to learn more about the Oct. 8 Board meeting? Click here to watch the complete meeting.

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