The Board of Education of Charles County is moving forward in its search for a new Superintendent of schools and hopes to announce Charles County Public Schools’ (CCPS) new top administrator by June 8 at its monthly meeting.
The new Superintendent is replacing Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill, who told the Board in February 2021 she would not be seeking renewal of her contract for another four-year term. Hill, who has served two terms as Superintendent, is retiring from the school system at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
The Board has completed its review of applicants and will interview selected candidates in May. There were 17 applicants from across the nation. Members say they hope to name three finalists by mid-May. The Board will release the names of those finalists and conduct a Zoom question/answer session with all three candidates. The community will be able to watch the interviews, which CCPS will post on the school system’s website. The Board is asking students, staff and community members to watch the interviews and provide feedback through a survey published with the video.
Earlier this school year, the Board, through its consultants with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), conducted a survey for employees and community members to provide characteristics they look for in a superintendent. The Board advertised nationally and locally for candidates.
“Dr. Hill is leaving the school system in excellent condition. She is a leader in the state,” Board Chairperson Latina L. Wilson said. Students, staff, parents and the community want us to find someone who can implement strategies to promote continued academic growth. We are looking for a leader who will continue the tradition of personal leadership, a focus on children and pursuit of excellence,” Wilson said.
Maryland law requires Boards to award a four-year contract, and the new Superintendent’s term would begin July 1, 2021, and end June 30, 2025.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited t