Category: Press Releases


Billingsley Elementary School opens and elementary school redistricting takes effect at the start of the 2019-20 school year. Redistricting affects about 2,500 elementary school students throughout the county, and includes students in prekindergarten to Grade 5.  The elementary school redistricting establishes an attendance zone for Billingsley Elementary School and relieves overcrowding at most elementary schools. The Board of Education approved the redistricting on June 13, 2017, after a year-long process that included five public hearings.  Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has added a Redistricting School Locator on its website at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/elementary-redistricting. Residents can input their address and see which school zone their Read more…

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If the world’s a stage, Charles County Public School (CCPS) students were the stars Feb. 12 when the Board of Education and Charles County Commissioners honored students for their work in the Maryland State Theatre Festival held Jan. 11 and 12 at Towson University. Henry E. Lackey High School earned first place in the Trash Costume contest. The winning team includes sophomores Tiana Clemons and Destiny Flournoy, and junior Katie Comer. Lackey senior Trey Jolly earned a superior rating in the musical theater category and Noah Peoples-Wallace, a sophomore, received a superior rating in acting. La Plata High School sophomores Read more…

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The Board of Education unanimously adopted its fiscal year 2020 operating budget request of $392.3 million during its monthly meeting Feb. 12. The budget request is an increase of $22.7 million, or 6.1 percent more than FY 2019. The budget prioritizes employee compensation, and also adds funds for the opening of Billingsley Elementary School, mental health supports, transportation increases, an alternative elementary program and school safety enhancements. A budget summary is available at https://www.ccboe.com/index.php/budget. State funds are projected to increase about $8.6 million due in part to continued enrollment increases. The request includes a local contribution increase of $15.1 million. Read more…

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A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled this week that La Plata High School and its administrators did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights during a world history class that included lessons about Islam. In the fall of 2014, the family of Caleigh Wood, then a junior at La Plata, sued the school system and some of its administrators claiming two lessons violated Wood’s right to freedom of religion and speech. One lesson contained a comparative PowerPoint slide titled “Islam Today,” which contrasted “peaceful Islam” with “radical fundamental Islam.” Additionally, the lesson included a fill-in-the-blank worksheet asking students Read more…

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Marvin Jones is well known in the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) community as a kind leader who will do anything to help children succeed. Jones is an executive director of schools in the CCPS Office of School Administration. In this role, Jones works with principals and school administrative staffs in the system’s 36 schools and four educational centers. His passion for education and building relationships with people is evident in all that he does. From stepping up to serve as principal to help a school community in need of a positive presence, to high fiving students as they walk Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Feb. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) employees for their commitment to the school system, and dedication to teaching and learning. Honored by the Board were Vincent Batts, Kelsey Jones, Dana Moyer, Kathleen Stafford and Terence Stone. Batts is a longtime building service worker at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. He arrives to work two hours early each day to ensure the building is safe and inviting for students and staff. Batts demonstrates a positive attitude and takes initiative to ensure school grounds are well maintained. He is known among staff as Read more…

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The Board of Education presented three resolutions to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff at its Feb. 12 meeting. The Board votes annually to accept resolutions. The following resolutions were presented: Fine and Performing Arts Month; Read Across Charles County; and Women’s History Month. CCPS recognizes Fine and Performing Arts Month in March annually. Fine and performing arts programs provide students with a well-rounded education and are essential in the development of education in music, theatre and visual arts. Fine and Performing Arts Month celebrates the impact of fine arts education and programs in student development and achievement. Read more…

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The Board of Education at its Feb. 12 meeting honored five Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students for exemplary accomplishments in the areas of academic achievement, career readiness and personal responsibility. Honored were Renata Ashton, Hunter Headley, Lauren Kahler, Kush Patel and Nya Whitney. Ashton is a fifth-grade student at J.C. Parks Elementary School and was honored by the Board in the area of academic achievement. She is a role model for her peers and consistently earns straight A’s in all subjects. Ashton is a member of the school safety patrol, student leader broadcast team and chorus. She is also Read more…

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Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) highlights Job Shadow Day events annually throughout February. Today, the Board of Education and Superintendent Kimberly Hill participated in the program and invited a group of fifth graders to shadow them during the first part of the Board meeting. Shadowing the Board today were nine students from Indian Head, Arthur Middleton and Mary B. Neal elementary schools. Principals chose students to represent their schools. Each student was randomly assigned to their shadow. Participating from Indian Head were fifth graders Danny Dancy, Vincent Tu and Savannah Zappone. Representing Arthur Middleton were Jenyah Davis, Chelsea Guzman and Read more…

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Superintendent Kimberly Hill is establishing a discipline review committee to look at the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Code of Student Conduct and the school system’s disciplinary practices. The 16-member committee will include parents, students, teachers, principals, Board members and school system administrators. Hill is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee. Anyone interested in serving should email a letter of interest to the Superintendent at khill@ccboe.com. Committee meetings will be held weekly at 4 p.m. and begin in March. The deadline to apply for the committee is Friday, Feb. 22. The Superintendent will notify those selected to serve on Read more…

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