The Charles County Board of Education met on April 12, 2022 for its regular meeting. The meeting agenda is posted on Board documents here. Board meetings are broadcast live on www.ccboe.com and on file with Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube page here. The following are important updates from the meeting.
Recognition of student athletes.
The Board of Education was joined by members of the Charles County Commissioners in recognizing high school student-athletes who recently received honors at the state level. This included student swimmers from La Plata, cheerleaders from Maurice J. McDonough, members of the North Point track and cheer team, and the Westlake High Schools boys’ basketball team. Click here for a list of recognized students.
Superintendent Update to the Board
Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro, Ed.D., updated the Board on the CCPS Strategic Plan and planned engagement events for staff, parents, and the community. She also provided the Board with an overview of the school climate presentation and recognized recent achievements of students and staff. Navarro reminded the Board that commissioners will soon release the FY2023 General Fund budget, which includes the school system’s funding request. Read Navarro’s report here.
School Climate Update
Executive Director of Schools Marvin Jones, Ed.D., gave a presentation to the Board on school climate. The presentation included a comparison of disciplinary data from 2019 to the current school year, trends staff are seeing with student behavior data, and interventions and supports for students and families that target social, emotional, and learning needs. behavior. Jones was joined for the presentation to share existing strategies and supports at the school level by Michael Blanchard, CCPS Supervising School Psychologist; Beverly Hoy, a school psychologist at Henry E. Lackey High School; and Nina Dee, school counselor at Mary H. Matula Elementary School. The presentation is published here..
Student Council Member Election Update
Gary Winsett, Advisor to the Charles County Association of Student Councils (CCASC), and Steve Lee, Student Activities Coordinator, provided an update to the Board on the 2022-2023 Board of Education Student Member election process. A primary election among students in grades 6-12 was held earlier this month and the race was narrowed down to two finalists. General elections will be held next month. Click here to see the presentation.
Project Status Update
Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Michael Heim provided the Board with an update on the construction and renovation project. The update included renovation progress at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School. Both projects are estimated to be completed this year. Check the report here.
CCPS Staff Attorney Eric Schwartz provided the Board with an update on the Maryland General Assembly. He highlighted bills that have passed the legislature, including several that impact the school system. Read a full report here.
Director of Communications Shelley Mackey updated the Board on a staff request for the 2022-2023 school year calendar. The Board approves the school calendar one year in advance. Staff requests that the Board approve an updated calendar for next year with a change to spring break. The change would move the 2023 spring break earlier than the Easter break and align with the calendars of neighboring school districts, including Calvert, Prince George, St. Mary and Anne Arundel counties. The Board will take action on the calendar at its work session on April 25.
The Board introduced five resolutions to staff for the month of May, including Teacher Appreciation Week, Administrative Professionals Week, Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week, National Physical Education and Sports Week , and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The Board also recognized exemplary staff and students at Arthur Middleton, Gale-Bailey, and Mary H. Matula Elementary Schools, Milton M. Somers Middle School, and Maurice J. McDonough High School.
Read about the recognized students.
Read about the recognized staff.
The Board also presented a certificate of appreciation to CCPS Food and Nutrition Services staff from No Kid Hungry Maryland. The certificate recognizes the work of CCPS staff to feed children not only during the pandemic, but also for going above and beyond to show students that they care about their well-being. read more here.
The Board approved prior meeting minutes, staff, textbooks, and a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Stadium Authority.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12 with a challenging academic education. Located in southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive, high-quality education that builds character, equips for leadership, and prepares students for life, careers, and careers. higher education.