BoardNotes: November 2022
Highlights from the Caroline Board of Education Meetings
JUNE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Pledge of Allegiance
Members of the Denton Elementary School Student Gifted and Talented group opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The students were also accompanied by Principal Sarah Crebs and Teacher Katie Tribbitt.
At the start of each meeting, the board of education president reads the Mission Statement, "In partnership with families and community, we prepare all students to achieve college, career, and life readiness through a challenging and progressive educational experience."
Board Member Reappointment / Swearing In
Board Member Michele Wayman was sworn in to a four year term on the Board, having been re-appointed by Gov. Moore.
MPSAA Athletic Director of the Year
NCHS Athletic Director Nash Ireland was recognized by the Board for being awarded Athletic Director of the Year for District 8 by the Maryland Public Schools Secondary Athletic Association (MPSAA).
Student Board Representatives
Superintendent Dr. Simmons introduced the Student Board Representatives for the 2023-2024 school year:
- Levi Divijak, Colonel Richardson High School
- Leslie Monter-Casio, North Caroline High School
Ms. Monter-Casio was recognized for her service during the 2022-2023 school year, and welcomed back for a second year.
2023 Green School Award for GES
The Board recognized Greensboro Elementary School (GES) for earning the 2023 Green School Award. Over the past two years, GES has demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate sustainable environmental management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into the daily operations. This award signifies that GES has made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the environmental impact of the school.
CS100 Award for Excellence in Computer Science Education
The Board recognized all five elementary Media Specialists for achieving the CS100 Award for their schools. This award recognizes elementary schools nationwide that commit to teaching at least ten hours of computer science to every K-5 student in the 2023-2024 school year. Out of 146 schools nationwide, all 5 of our elementary schools won for excellence in computer science education.
Board Member Reports
- Mrs. Wayman enjoyed being guest speaker at CRHS graduation, and was excited to see the graduates move to the next chapter. She also commented that the fact that 100% of the class graduated was truly exceptional.
- Mr. Plutschak highlighted the CRMS band and chorus concert and stated that every year they keep getting better and better.
- Mrs. DiGiacomo thanked all teachers, staff members, family and friends that encouraged the class of 2023. She said she is grateful and thankful for all the teachers who stayed with CCPS through the past few years.
- Mr. Barton highlighted the CRHS Arts and Academic Showcase. He said it was a great show with amazing talent on display. He had to vote on his favorite piece, which he said not easy to do. He also appreciated the interaction of students supporting each other during the event.
Dr. Simmons expressed his appreciation for the efforts involved in both graduations. He said, "It took the hard work of students, every staff member in the building, every parent or grandparent; it took blood sweat and tears to get them all there." He described both ceremonies as flawless and incredible, and commended everyone behind the scenes for the work involved in the events.
Director of Operations Bill Mengel shared plans for the summer which involved 17 projects in nine buildings, funded by a variety of sources.
Director of Instruction Lindsey McCormick discussed upcoming summer programs. At the elementary level with Caroline County Recreation and Parks, over 700 have students have registered. Middle school opportunities have been expanded this year.
Director of Special Programs and Student Services Elizabeth Anthony reported on the results of High Dosage tutoring in the elementary schools.
INDIVIDUAL ACTION ITEMS
The Board approved the following administrative appointments for the 2023-2024 school year.
- Mary Jo Kerr, Principal, Greensboro Elementary School
- Jared Sherman, Principal, Colonel Richardson High School
- Crystal Drexel, Assistant Principal, North Caroline High School
- Eric Cook, Coordinator of Career & Technology Education
- Victoria Shull, Coordinator of Multilingual Learners
- Heather Montgomery, Coordinator of Multilingual Learners
Board of Education and ASACC Memorandum of Understanding
Requested End of Fiscal Year Purchases
The Board approved the list of requested end of year purchases for fiscal year 2023. CFO Erin Thornton explained that CCPS is in the final month of the current fiscal year and detailed analysis shows that there are funds available to purchase one-time items that are needed at various locations throughout the district. Many of these items were identified as part of the fiscal year 2024 budget development process but were not added to the operating budget due to lack of funding.
Teacher of the Year Wrap-Up
2022-2023 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Mirta Bradner provided the Board with a report of her activities with the Maryland State Department of Education TOY program.
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Caroline County Public Schools serves over 5,800 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. We provide a progressive, academically challenging education that prepares students for higher education, careers, and life.