Author: Charles County Public Schools Press Releases


The Board of Education of Charles County is holding a work session 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting airs live on Comcast Channel 96/Verizon FiOS Channel 12 and the school system website at ccboe.com. The agenda is as follows and subject to change. Call to order – 6 p.m. Public hearing FY2021 Superintendent’s proposed operating budget Public Forum Work session  FY 2021 Superintendent’s proposed operating budget Policy series 8000 and 9000 review Adjournment About CCPS Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 students in grades prekindergarten through Read more…


Thomas Stone High School senior DeJuan Woods Jr. has an ambitious goal for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students. As Student Member of the Board of Education and a longtime student government participant, Woods is seeking to eliminate a communication barrier among his peers. “Students have concerns but no place to share,” Woods said. To help Woods reach his goal, he launched a Student Member of the Board Advisory Council. The “SMOB” Advisory Council, as Woods refers to it, is a group of students who share the same goal of increasing student involvement. The council meets regularly and is working Read more…


Salary increases, a comprehensive elementary reading program, and additional mental health and student support programs are among Superintendent Kimberly A. 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. There Read more…


The Board of Education at its Jan. 14 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members for their commitment to student success and support of the school system. Honored by the Board were Barbara Brandau, Keri Mona, Shanelle Savoy, Kimberley Sheckells and Leslie Schroeck. Brandau is a special education teacher at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. She is passionate about teaching and inspires students to do their best. She works with students through a daily check in and check out program, and conferences with students to help them reflect on their school day. Brandau collaborates and plans Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students during its Jan. 14 meeting. Each month, the Board honors students chosen by their school principals who demonstrate academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness. Honored by the Board were Anthony Clark, Aiden Gibney, Shayna Jaigobin, Hannah Piazza and Israel Rodriguez. Clark is a fifth-grade student at Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary School. The Board honored him for accomplishments in the area of personal responsibility. He consistently models a positive attitude and is a role model for his classmates. Clark has earned the academic honor Read more…


The Board of Education at its Jan. 14 meeting presented four resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented. Black History Month; Career and Technology Education (CTE) Month; Gifted and Talented Education Month; and National School Counseling Week. The school system celebrates Black History Month annually in February. The 2020 theme is African Americans and the Vote. Throughout the school year, as well as Black History Month, CCPS works to improve minority achievement in schools with a goal of eliminating achievement gaps. Black History Month activities Read more…


The Board of Education of Charles County today elected 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. The current Board was elected to office in November 2018 and elected McGraw and Wilson as chair and vice chairman in January 2019. This is the fourth term for McGraw as chairman. McGraw was first elected to the Board in 2014 and is serving her second term on Read more…


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting applications for additional members to serve on its Safety and Security Advisory Council. Members are volunteers with diverse backgrounds with expertise in security, law enforcement, mental health and other areas. The council meets quarterly and provides suggestions and recommendations to the Superintendent and staff. Superintendent Kimberly Hill started the advisory council at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Members are divided into four subgroups. Most recently, the facilities subgroup conducted site visits/threat assessments at a number of schools. During the school visits, the group focused on entrance points, arrival and dismissal procedures, Read more…


Eligible Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) sophomores, juniors and seniors can take financial literacy for original credit this spring at the Robert D. Stethem Educational Center. The course is a mix of online material and in-person requirements for completion. The course begins Feb. 11 and ends May 26. Cost is $300 and payment is non-refundable. The blended online Apex course requires students to complete online course work as well as turn in assignments and complete course tests at the Stethem Center on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Parents must provide transportation for students. Students who do not Read more…


Due to inclement weather conditions, all Charles County public schools will open two-hours late today, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. There is a code two, which is a two-hour delay, for staff who follow the code system. The AlphaBest program at county elementary schools will open at 8 a.m. today and all morning prekindergarten classes are canceled. Visit ccboe.com for the latest information. 

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