Superintendent Stephen Guthrie will present the Board of Education of Carroll County with his recommendation for potential school closures during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Winters Mill High School, located at 560 Gorsuch Road in Westminster. Please note the change in location. The doors will open 30 minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin. Due to dismissal of students, cars will not be allowed to enter the school parking lots until after 3:00 p.m.
Citizen participation is included in this meeting. However, the time for citizen participation will be limited as the Board has a full agenda. The Board of Education wishes to remind the public that when it provides specific direction to staff regarding boundary line adjustments and potential school closures, four public hearings in different parts of the county will be set up to receive citizen input. The Board of Education will consider all public input prior to taking any action on boundary line adjustments or school closures.
The Board of Education uses the following guidelines for citizen participation during its monthly meetings:
Citizen Participation – Board of Education of Carroll County
To have an orderly presentation of comments by the public, the following guidelines apply:
  1. Citizen Participation is not intended to be a question and answer session. If citizens have specific questions, the Board will make sure that an appropriate staff member responds to their questions at a later time.
  2. Statements to the Board should relate to a recent agenda item, an agenda item that is expected to appear in the future, or a matter of general policy over which the Board has authority. Personnel matters, pending appeals, the actions or statements of individual staff, or items related to employee negotiations are not appropriate topics and may not be discussed.
  3. It is the intent of the Board to allow all citizens an opportunity to speak. Therefore, the Board has scheduled time on the agenda for Citizen Participation. The Board reserves the right to limit the number of speakers on a particular topic so that all topics may be addressed. If 30 minutes have passed and there are citizens who have not addressed the Board, additional time may be allotted later in the meeting.
  4. Comments are limited to three minutes or less. When the allotted time expires, the speaker is permitted to complete a sentence and return to the audience. The public may not display signs or posters during meetings of the Board. In lieu of signs, or if you are unable to complete your comments in the allotted time, individuals are encouraged to submit remarks to the Board in writing.
The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at Click on Quick Links on the top of the page, then click on CETV 21, followed by CCPS CETV Webstreaming, or go directly to:
The Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, November 12, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 14, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, November 19, at 8:00 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, or sexual orientation. 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: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3068.
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, 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3020.


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