Board to hold public hearing on Fresh Start Academy

Board to hold public hearing on Fresh Start Academy

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 to accept comments on the proposed Fresh Start Academy. The hearing follows the Board’s regular monthly business meeting and will be held in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building at 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata.

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff will provide a short presentation on Fresh Start. Following the presentation, the Board will accept comments and questions about the program. Although the forum is designed to be interactive, speakers must sign up by 6:30 p.m. and the Board will limit comments to three minutes.

Fresh Start Academy is a highly structured, safe program for children in kindergarten through Grade 2 who persistently demonstrate behavior that impedes their ability to learn and creates a barrier to learning for all students. Children recommended for the program will be those who repeatedly display extreme disruptive behaviors, including destruction of classrooms, running away from the classroom and causing physical harm to others.

Students may be placed at the Academy only after a school has exhausted other available and appropriate interventions. Placement in the program is for about 45 days. The experience will allow students to continue with his/her regular studies while staff introduces a therapeutic and positive approach to behavioral support through early intervention.

For more information, visit the CCPS website at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. 

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