System hosts Fresh Start Advisory Committee meeting

System hosts Fresh Start Advisory Committee meeting


Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is holding a Fresh Start Academy Advisory Board meeting 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 in the boardroom at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building in La Plata. The meeting is open to the public.

This is the second meeting of the board, which formed earlier this school year to provide input and feedback on the Academy programs, policies and practices. Board members represent community and other Charles County organizations.

Dr. Dianna Abney, a Waldorf pediatrician and former director of the Charles County Department of Health, is the advisory board chair. Other board members include: Catherine Meyers, representing the Center for Children; Linda McLaughlin, representing the Education Association of Charles County (EACC); Yolanda Christian, representing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Janice Wilson, selected by the Board of Education; Del. C.T. Wilson, representing the Charles County Delegation; Kim Johnson, selected by the Charles County Commissioners; Dyotha Sweat and Christienne Coleman-Warren, representing the NAACP; DaVida Usual, elementary parent representative; Christina Spangler, representing the Maryland Coalition of Families; Cathy Meyers, representing the Center for Children; and Maria Farnham, a kindergarten teacher.

About Fresh Start Academy

Fresh Start Academy is a regular CCPS program for children in kindergarten through Grade 5. The program provides a smaller environment to help students who need more individualized instruction and behavior modifications. Children recommended for the program are those who repeatedly display extreme disruptive behaviors, such as destruction of classrooms, running away from the classroom, causing physical harm to others and creating a barrier to learning for all students. Students may be placed at the Academy only after a school has exhausted other available and appropriate interventions. Fresh Start Academy will offer a setting that is data-driven, highly structured and safe for students who persistently demonstrate behavior that impedes their ability to learn. Student participation in the program is optional and must be approved by the child’s parent/guardian.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,521 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. 

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