The Board of Education of Charles County met May 10, 2022, for its regular meeting. A meeting agenda is posted on BoardDocs here. Board meetings are streamed live at www.ccboe.com and archived on the Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) YouTube page. The following are important meeting updates.
Recognition of student liaisons, Pupil Personnel Worker Month
Board Members recognized the high school student liaisons for their commitment to student government. The Board also recognized Ian Herd, Student Member of the Board of Education. Each year, a student liaison to the Board is selected from each of the seven CCPS high schools to work alongside the Student Board Member on a liaison committee. A list of those honored by the Board is posted here.
The Board also presented a proclamation to Donna Robinson, pupil personnel worker at Billingsley, Arthur Middleton and Dr. Samuel A. Mudd elementary schools, in recognition of Pupil Personnel Worker Appreciation Month. The Board recognizes Pupil Personnel Worker Month annually in May.
Superintendent’s Update to the Board
Superintendent of Schools Maria Navarro, Ed.D., updated the Board about high school graduations, shared the end-of-the year schedule for students and teachers, and highlighted recent school system staff award recipients. Read Navarro’s report here.
Summer programs update
Deputy Superintendent Kevin Lowndes and staff provided an update to the Board about 2022 summer programs. CCPS is hosting several programs this summer, including boost programs for students who need additional supports, enrichment camps, career and technical education (CTE) exploration camps, a Grade 9 Academy for rising freshmen and summer school courses. The presentation outlines the programs and includes information about what school sites will host the opportunities this summer. Click here to view the presentation.
Staff from the CCPS Office of School Administration led a presentation to the Board about plans in place for the Class of 2022. The presentation outlined the high school graduation schedule, set to begin May 31, and run through June 3, as well as plans in place for this year’s Project Graduation activities. View the presentation here.
Project status update
Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services Michael Heim led a presentation to the Board about construction and renovation plans and projects currently underway. Heim shared with the Board that the renovation project in place at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School is 93% complete. Read the complete report here.
Eligibility policy 6431
Executive Director of Schools Marvin Jones, Ed.D., and Steve Lee, coordinator of student activities, provided an update to the Board on the proposed changes to the student eligibility policy. The proposed changes include lowering the eligibility GPA from 2.25 to 2.0, eliminating the attendance requirement and allowing students to remain eligible if they have no more than one failing grade from the previous quarter. If approved by the Board, the proposed changes would also allow students promoted from Grade 8 to automatically be eligible for the first semester of their freshman year. For these students, eligibility requirements would begin with the third quarter (2.0 GPA from the second quarter with no more than one failing grade). In comparison to policies in place across other Maryland districts, the current CCPS eligibility policy is one of the strictest in Maryland. The Board is set to act on the policy at the 6 pm work session on Monday, May 23. If the Board approves the policy changes, the policy will take effect with the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Click here to review the proposed changes.
CCPS Staff Attorney Eric Schwartz provided the Board with an update on several policy changes that address staff title changes that will be effective July 1. The policies include the following: 1314; 3430; 5127; 6212.4; 6425; 6462; 9350; 8160. Schwartz also shared with the Board language included in a new policy for adoption, Policy 5127, about registered sex offenders. All proposed policy changes are posted on BoardDocs here. At its 6 pm May 23 work session, the Board will further discuss the proposed policy changes.
The Board presented two resolutions to staff: Louis D’Ambrosio, 2022 Principal of the Year for CCPS and finalist in The Washington Post’s Principal of the Year program; and Annemarie Simpson, Ph.D., finalist in The Washington Post’s Teacher of the Year program. D’Ambrosio is principal at Berry Elementary School, and Simpson teaches math at Maurice J. McDonough High School.
Click here to read about D’Ambrosio’s award.
Click here to read about Simpson’s award.
The Board also recognized exemplary students and staff from Dr. James Craik, Malcolm and JC Parks elementary schools, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and St. Charles High School.
Read about the recognized students.
Read about the recognized staff.
The Board approved minutes from previous Board meetings, personnel and an intercategory budget change request.
The Board of Education’s next meeting is set for 6 pm, Monday, May 23. Click here for an agenda.
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 based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programmes, 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, PO 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 in accordance with its Use of Facilities facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).