A public hearing on the proposed FY 2022 Capital Budget and the FY23-FY27 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget request will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Boardroom. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Click here to view the Proposed Budget Request.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.

The public may also submit comments and suggestions online prior to the hearing at www.carrollk12.org/boe/Pages/Feedback.aspx or by U.S. mail to the Superintendent’s Office, Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157. All comments received will be read aloud at the hearing.

The hearing will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

This item will be brought back to the Board of Education for approval at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County is seeking applications from interested county citizens to fill three vacancies on the school system’s Audit Committee. The vacancy is for a term that will expire in December 2023.

To serve on the audit committee a community member must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a U.S. citizen
  3. Be a resident of Carroll County
  4. Not hold, or be a candidate for, any elected or appointed office
  5. Not be employed by the Board of Education, employed by a business entity subject to the authority of the Board of Education or the spouse or dependent of such person
  6. Not be a registered lobbyist for any business entity in the state that may create a conflict of interest
  7. Not be a current student of Carroll County Public Schools
  8. Not hold any outside employment relationship that would impair their impartiality or independence of judgment
  9. Be subject to the provisions of the Board’s Ethics Policy and sign the Board’s financial disclosure statement.

Any Carroll County resident interested in applying should send a letter of interest and a resume to:

Dr. Steven Lockard
Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools
125 North Court Street
Westminster, Maryland 21157                                   

The deadline for application is October 23, 2020.          

The purpose of the seven-member Audit Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its fiduciary oversight responsibilities. The committee serves as an independent and objective party to monitor the school system’s financial reporting process and internal controls. The committee meets at least biannually, but more often if desired or necessary to discharge its responsibilities.

 

 

The Carroll County Public School System’s Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held virtually.  The link for the meeting can be found on the CCPS website under the Special Education page.

This is a general meeting where members will be reviewing bylaw changes and voting on those changes.  Voting members need to have attended a specific number of meetings last year.  There will be a time at the end of the meeting for Special Education Advisory.  A meeting link will be sent prior to the meeting.

If you need additional information, contact Mr. Nicholas Shockney, Director of Special Education, at 410-751-3033.

All Carroll County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. 

The Board of Education of Carroll County does not engage in discrimination that is unlawful or contrary to Maryland State Department of Education guidance on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The Board of Education of Carroll County is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons by providing an environment that supports optimal academic achievement and productive work and is free from any form of unlawful discrimination, including access to school facilities, educational programs, and extracurricular activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities Management, (410) 751-3177, or the Communications Officer, (410) 751-3020, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold an updates meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Boardroom. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Boardroom.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

The meeting will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Communications Officer: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

Carroll County Teacher of the Year Jena Ehmann, a Reading Specialist at Winfield Elementary School, has been named as one of seven Finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year.

A panel of judges from key educational organizations that represent principals, teachers, school boards, parents, and institutions of higher education selected from teachers representing each of Maryland’s 24 local school systems. The seven finalists were chosen based on a rigorous set of state and national criteria including: teaching philosophy and results, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and desire for professional and instructional improvement.

The 2020-2021 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced on Maryland Public Television on October 8, 2020 in a 30-minute special program airing at 8 p.m. on MPT2 and in a livestream on MPT’s Youtube.com channel MarylandPublicTV. The selected Maryland Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for the esteemed National Teacher of the Year Award and spend the coming year as an educational speaker and advisor.

Jena has a total of 12½ years of teaching experience, all in Carroll County Public Schools. Jena earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literacy Acquisition from McDaniel College in 2007. In 2012, she earned a Master of Science in Literacy Leadership, also from McDaniel College. Ehmann was an Extended Day Title I teacher at Cranberry Station Elementary School, an Advancing Early Literacy Tutor at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, and a classroom teacher for grades 2 and 3 before becoming a Reading Specialist at Winfield Elementary School where she has been teaching since 2014.

Throughout her teaching career at Winfield Elementary School, Jena has delivered personalized and group professional development to staff members and provided model lessons, co-taught, and given direct instruction to students. She leads a school-wide focus on including students in goal setting and encourages students to work hard and do their best and plans quarterly celebrations to celebrate their accomplishments.

Jena also organizes Winfield Reads, a whole-school reading activity that culminates in an evening event for the community. This popular event, which is attended by more than 300 participants, provides meaningful learning opportunities and fosters each student’s lifelong love of learning and reading. In addition to her work as a Reading Specialist, Jena is a team leader and School Improvement Co-Chair. She also collaborates at the county level to develop curriculum, resources, and professional development.

Jena is a Vice President of the Carroll Reading Council, and a member of the National Education Association, the Maryland State Educator Association, the Carroll County Education Association, the State of Maryland Literacy Association, and the Carroll Reading Council. Awards and recognitions for the past year include Winfield Staff Member of the Month and the Winfield Elementary Leadership Award.

According to Principal Katie Purper, “Jena continuously demonstrates collegiality, leadership, and flexibility. Her positivity and love of teaching and learning permeate the entire school and add to the positive culture of Winfield Elementary School. She works tirelessly and selflessly each day with the most important thing at the forefront of all her decisions, the students!”

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools will be offering the SAT to students enrolled in grades 12 and 11 within Carroll high schools on October 14th, 2020, in a school-day test format.

This will allow students currently enrolled in grades 12 and 11 in a Carroll high school to take the SAT within their home school while observing proper distancing and health-related protocols. Detailed health guidelines and expectations will be shared with test participants prior to test administration day. Only students enrolled at the individual high school will be eligible to test on the October 14th date.

Students will be able to sign up for this SAT test directly with their high school and do NOT need to pre-register through their College Board accounts. School-based coordinators will contact students with the sign-up process details, collect their fees, and secure faculty and staff to proctor the test. Fees for the school day test are the same as for the weekend SAT- $52 for standard SAT, $68 for SAT with Essay option.

College Board has committed to scoring SAT tests within a two-week window, and the SAT with Essay will be scored within a two week + 10 day time frame.

Students participating in the school day SAT on October 14 will not miss synchronous instruction from their teachers, as those sessions will be suspended for the day to allow students to test. Students not testing will still be assigned classwork to further learning.

Grade 11 students are encouraged to take the Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), as a practice version of the SAT exam. Students can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. Students earning a high score on the PSAT their junior year could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship.

The PSAT/NMSQT will be offered at home schools on October 29th as a practice for SAT and for the possibility of being given National Merit recognition and scholarship awards. It is highly recommended for juniors to follow the traditional pathway and take the NMSQT in the fall and then the SAT, after more instruction, in the spring semester. This has typically yielded higher SAT scores for students.

Grade 10 students are encouraged to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) also offered at their home schools this fall on October 29th. This test provides valuable practice with SAT-like questioning and identifies students’ strengths and areas were more study is needed.

Both the PSAT for grade 10 and the PSAT/NMSQT for grade 11 will be coordinated by school-based staff who will communicate with their individual school families for sign up and fee details. Like with the SAT, students participating in the October 29th testing for grades 10 and 11 will have synchronous instruction suspended for the day so they do not miss teacher interaction.

For all of these opportunities, families should be watching for more detailed information from their home school regarding sign up and deadlines.

 

 

 

Click here to livestream the meeting.

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Board room. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including when addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Board room.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting will be available on the school system’s website by close of business on the Monday before the meeting. Click on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

 

Uchechi Mba, a 10th grade student at Century High School, has been selected as a Maryland delegate to the 2020 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute for her exceptional research paper and video presentation on “The Fallout of Political Instability in South Sudan.”

The Global Youth Institute, hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation, brings together 200 outstanding high school youth from around the world to interact with international leaders and experts dealing with food security and agricultural science and policy. Additional information on the Institute may be found at https://bit.ly/3aJb7r8.

According to agriscience teacher Kimberly Moyer, “Uchechi did an amazing job this past spring at the Maryland Youth Institute, presenting under virtual circumstances.  She is truly an inspiring young woman.“

 

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools recently completed five week-long sessions of Camp Invention Connect through a continuing partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). The virtual camp focused on hands-on STEM activities where students from several elementary schools had the opportunity to collaborate on problem solving, creation, and invention. 

More than 160 students participated in engaging activities that led to a design challenge using materials that were delivered to their doorstep. They investigated topics such as flight, sports complex design, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem rescue.

Students met virtually at the beginning of each day with their coach, a CCPS teacher, and 8-10 team members to prepare for the day, specify the challenge, identify important equipment, review safety constraints, and get motivated.  Each day ended with collaboration between team members and their coach regarding design sharing, challenges that were tackled, areas where perseverance was necessary, and celebration. 

Approximately 15 educators served as coaches during the camps. In addition to the guidance they provided to students, these educators benefited from this professional learning opportunity by gaining experience in a virtual collaborative environment.

According to Danielle Midkiff, a teacher in the PRIDE program, “This was a wonderful experience. It was great to see the kids actively engaged in learning and science in a virtual world. The students were asking questions, showing their inventions and praising and complimenting each other. It was great hearing them refer to the campers and their camp friends! By the end of the first day I felt like we were connected and I knew them as learners.”

Monica Moreno, a teacher at Sandymount Elementary School, also considered the camp an amazing experience for herself and the students who participated. “The variety of inventions and creations gave them an opportunity to explore and take risks without leaving the comfort of their home. I noticed how much they grew as explorers. Watching students from Kindergarten all the way to 5th grade interact and share ideas made coaching the camp so worth it,” Moreno said.

Camp participant Zayda Sanda said, “Camp Invention was so much fun! I loved the activities they had us do and they pushed us to take our creativity to another level. My favorite activity was taking apart the robot and learning about how it works on the inside. I learned that it has this goo to help the gears move so they don't get stuck. Camp Invention is a place I recommend to future inventors.”

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) places great value on the continued and expanding relationship with the National Inventors Hall of Fame to provide these opportunities for our students.

 

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold an update meeting on the reopening of schools on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. This will be a hybrid meeting in which some Board members are present in the Board room. However, some Board members and staff will be participating virtually. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public will not be able to attend the meeting with the exception of those who wish to speak during Citizen Participation.

Citizen Participation is scheduled on the agenda for 5:00 p.m. Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Board. Citizens who wish to speak must adhere to the guidelines outlined below. Staff will be available to assist speakers and signs will be posted.

  • Wear a mask at all times, including while addressing the Board from the podium.
  • Enter the building through the main entrance.
  • Sign in at the desk in the lobby.
  • Wait in the lobby until your name is called. To accommodate social distancing, citizens may be asked to wait outside.
  • After speaking, exit through the side door of the Board room.

The Board of Education will continue taking public comment through the CCPS website (click on the Board of Education tab and Members) or through the US mail. Comments received will be posted on the website.

The meeting will be streamed live on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org. You may access the meeting by clicking on the link under “News and Notices” on the homepage. The meeting also will be broadcast live on CETV Channel 21.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Chantress J. Baptist, Director of Human Resources, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3070.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Communications Office at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157.

 

 

Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Communications Officer: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Communications Officer, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

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