The Board of Education of Charles County met Feb. 11, 2020, for its regular monthly meeting.

Students take a seat on the Board

Nine students shadowed the Superintendent and Board of Education members on the dais, listening to reports and asking questions. Students were from Billingsley, T.C. Martin and Mary H. Matula elementary schools. Representing Billingsley were fifth graders Kindle Archer, Zebulon Davis and Selena Duson. Representing Martin were Julian Costa, Kalynn Gutrick and Karson Stewart, and representing Matula were Antonio Barrows, Isaiah McCloggan and Alivia Snyder. Read more about the students here.

Student ID badges and shadows

Superintendent Kimberly Hill and her student shadow, Antonio Barrows, updated the Board on student shadow opportunities and the connection to career and college readiness. Dr. Hill previewed a fine and performing arts report and responded to a student liaison’s suggestions and questions presented at a previous public forum. Additionally, the Superintendent highlighted the student identification badge program and the community businesses that are offering incentives to encourage students to wear and keep track of their badges. Superintendent's Report for 2-11-2020 icon acrobat

Fine and performing arts strong in CCPS

Tim Bodamer, fine and performing arts instructional specialist, and teachers Gabriel Gray, Stephen Hilson and Austin Gore updated the Board on the fine and performing arts courses available at all 37 schools. There are 144 full-time fine arts teachers who teach classes ranging from general music in the elementary schools to theater, band, chorus, art, multimedia and more at the secondary level. Fine & Performing Arts Presentation icon acrobat

Renovations moving forward at Stoddert, Turner

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 Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Eva Turner Elementary School. Planning & Construction Project Status Report icon acrobat

Superintendent proposes fiscal year 2021 budget

The Office of Fiscal Services staff presented a final version of the Superintendent’s FY 2021 operating budget. The budget continues to focus on academic success and career readiness. The Superintendent is recommending a $412 million budget, representing a 4.7 percent increase in funding. The complete budget is posted online here.  

Legislative update

Staff attorney Eric Schwartz presented a legislative update highlighting education issues including the Kirwan Commission recommendations, Built to Learn Act, alternative schools reporting, child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention and the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. House Bill 1300 icon acrobat

Calendar changes

The Board voted to accept staff changes to the 2020-21 school year calendar to include closing schools for teachers and students on Nov. 3 for election day and reducing the number of inclement weather days from five to four. The calendar is posted here on the CCPS website.

Resolutions

The Board presented resolutions for Read Across Charles County, Women’s History Month and Fine and Performing Arts month. Read about the resolutions.

Students

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

  • Kalah Sauers, senior, career readiness, Maurice J. McDonough High School
  • MacKenna Zopelis, Grade 8, academic achievement, Milton M. Somers Middle School
  • Camila Uribe, Grade 5, academic achievement, Gale-Bailey Elementary School
  • Taylor Carter, Grade 5, personal responsibility, Mary H. Matula Elementary School
  • Leo Abramson, Grade 5, academic achievement, Arthur Middleton Elementary School

Read about the students here.

Employees

The Board recognized five exemplary employees.

  • Courtney Abell, English teacher, McDonough
  • Brooke Lyon, physical education teacher, Somers
  • Trina Short, kindergarten instructional assistant, Gale-Bailey
  • Amber Smith, special education teacher, Matula
  • Erin Locke, special education teacher, Middleton

Read about the exemplary staff members here.

Public Forum

Three people spoke at public forum on topics ranging from the Kirwan Commission Bill and to express disappointment in a change in the way CCPS plans to recognize Project Lead the Way Biomedical program students at graduation.

Action items

The Board unanimously accepted meeting minutes and recommended personnel actions including 11 certificated appointments, two releases without prejudice, two releases with prejudice, two retirements and one leave of absence. The Board also unanimously approved the FY 2021 proposed operating budget.

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