The Board of Education of Charles County met Jan. 14, 2020, for its regular monthly meeting.

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Students head to Annapolis

The Board of Education and members of the Charles County Commissioners congratulated student pages serving during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session. Seniors Jake Burgess of Maurice J. McDonough High School, Jamarr Joshua Johnson of North Point High School, Kathleen Martinez of Westlake High School and Natalie Yeager of North Point are representing Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) in the 2020 Maryland Student Page Program. Click here to read more about the students

McGraw, Wilson reelected as Board leaders

The Board of Education reelected Virginia McGraw as its chairman and Latina Wilson as its vice chairman at the start of the Jan. 14 meeting. The Board votes annually in January to elect a chairman and vice chairman. Both the chairman and vice chairman serve a one-year term. Click here to read about the election

Building, renovating educational spaces

Superintendent Kimberly Hill updated the Board on the school system’s ambitious construction plan, which includes opening two new schools since 2014 and finishing renovation and expansion of an elementary school as well as starting renovations and expansions at two more schools. CCPS is focused on renovating open space schools to create better learning environments, Hill said. Superintendent's report icon acrobat

CCPS offers mental health services

“As much as I like to talk about instruction, we know we have to take care of the mental health of our students as well,” Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein said during a report about mental health interventions. Presented by administrators and school staff, the Board received an overview of mental health services and programs including restorative practices, mental and emotional health curriculum, increased mental health staffing and the services they provide, community partners, SAFE screenings, risk assessments and threat assessments, the school system’s multitiered support system, student support teams, and additional mental health interventions and initiatives. Mental Health Services Presentation icon acrobat

Stoddert, Turner renovations moving forward

Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services Michael Heim and Steven Andritz, director of planning and construction, gave a project status update, focusing on the progress of renovations at Eva Turner Elementary School and Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. Existing spaces at Turner are being modernized and modified to meet current educational programs. Turner’s renovation and expansion is about 13 percent complete and on schedule for completion in June 2021. CCPS is also renovating and expanding Stoddert. Work at Stoddert has started and completion is expected in August 2022. Planning & Construction Department Project Status icon acrobat

Superintendent proposes fiscal year 2021 budget

Salary increases, a comprehensive elementary reading program, and additional mental health and student support programs are among Superintendent Hill’s top priorities in a $411 million budget proposal submitted to the Board of Education on Jan. 14. Hill’s proposal includes a $17.9 million, or 4.6 percent increase, that focuses on students, classrooms and schools, and adds teachers to support a growing student population. The budget requests $12.1 million in additional funding from the county and $6.9 million from the state. State funding will not be final until the end of the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session in April. Click here to read more about the Superintendent's proposal

Legislative update

Staff attorney Eric Schwartz presented a legislative update focusing on the Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and the Built to Learn Act. The Kirwan Blueprint legislation is expected to produce funding formulas, policy reforms and revenue sources. The Built to Learn Act would allocate proceeds from revenue bonds among school systems. MABE 2020 Legislative Priorities & Forecast  icon acrobat


The Board presented resolutions for Black History Month, Career and Technology Education Month, Gifted and Talented Education Month and National School Counseling Week. Click here to read about the resolutions



The Board recognized five students for excellence in the areas of personal responsibility, academic achievement and career readiness. Click here to read about the students

  • Hannah Piazza, senior, career readiness, La Plata High School
  • Aiden Gibney, Grade 8, personal responsibility, Piccowaxen Middle School
  • Israel Rodriguez, Grade 5, academic achievement, Berry Elementary School
  • Anthony Clark, Grade 5, personal responsibility, Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School
  • Shayna Jaigobin, Grade 5, academic achievement, Eva Turner Elementary School


The Board recognized five exemplary employees. Click here to read about the employees

  • Leslie Schroeck, resource teacher, La Plata
  • Keri Mona, literacy instructional assistant, Piccowaxen
  • Kimberley Sheckells, third-grade teacher, Berry
  • Barbara Brandau, special education teacher, Higdon
  • Shanelle Savoy, technology facilitator, Turner

Public Forum

Four people spoke at public forum on topics ranging from a school-to-prison pipeline, perceived lack of attention from Board members during a speaker’s presentation, policies and procedures needed for consistent handling of unruly students as well as allowing questioning of students without parental notification, and a thank you to the Board for addressing students’ concerns about financial literacy class availability.

Action items

The Board unanimously accepted three sets of meeting minutes and recommended personnel actions.

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