The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting. Please note the new start time for Board meetings.

Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.

The Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, October 12, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 14, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, October 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 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

The 40th Annual Carroll County Public Schools College Fair will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Carroll Community College, located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster, Maryland. 

Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of more than 125 colleges and universities. In addition, representatives from the military, technical schools, and training programs will be at the fair.  Counselors from CCPS high schools will also be present to answer questions. Representatives from the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices of Carroll Community College will also be available to talk with students and parents.

A listing of all registered colleges and technical schools is located in each High School Counseling Office or by contacting Bonnie Finch at 410-751-3117 or blfinch@carrollk12.org.

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 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

The Carroll County Education Association, in partnership with Carroll County Public Schools, is showing the film Screenagers at Winters Mill High School on Tuesday, October 3, at 6:00 p.m. Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance.  Tickets to cover the cost of the documentary screening will be $5 for adults (children age 10 to 18 are free with paying adult).  To order tickets, go to https://impactflow.com/event/3382.  To see the trailer or to learn more about Screenagers, visit www.screenagersmovie.com.

 

 

Carroll County Public Schools will be featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables on its cafeteria lines during Homegrown School Lunch Week (also referred to as Farm to School Week) from September 25-29, 2017.

In Carroll County Public Schools, cafeterias offer locally grown produce whenever possible and work to increase the amount purchased annually. When locally grown produce is served, the cafeterias proudly display signage naming the specific farm where the product is grown.

According to Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services, “Students will see that the tomatoes were grown in Hampstead or the apples in Westminster. Children can then make a connection between the food they are eating and the local farmers who are harvesting that food.”  This year, local squash, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, apples, watermelon, and possibly other products will be served in all CCPS schools.

To highlight the success of the Farm to School efforts in CCPS, a special Farm to School Celebration will occur at Spring Garden Elementary School on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, during lunch. Students will have an opportunity to visit interactive nutrition education stations in the cafeteria and on the playground. The stations will be sponsored by Food Services, health education partners, and high school students from the Manchester Valley High School FFA. Students will have the opportunity to taste fresh produce and learn more about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Click here to view a video from last year's Farm to School Celebration at Robert Moton Elementary School.

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will meet on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. There will be no citizen participation at this meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.

The Board of Education of Carroll County will meet in closed session at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017, as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act, Section 3-305 (b) of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Section 3-103 of the General Provision Articles of the Annotated Code of Maryland, to discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction; and consult with legal counsel.

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 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 


As you may be aware, on Wednesday, September 13, we, the Board of Education of Carroll County, were notified that Dr. Kenneth Fischer, a teacher at West Middle School, was arrested and is facing charges in Fairfax County, Virginia, on four counts of solicitation of a minor.  We are deeply concerned by the recent allegations of improprieties by one of our teachers.

We take allegations of any crime against children very seriously. As a Board, we want to assure you that a complete and thorough investigation is being conducted by law enforcement. Even so, we have taken steps to retain an independent investigator to thoroughly review our policies and procedures. We believe that this added measure will ensure we are doing all we can do as a school system to protect our children.

While we may be bound by privacy laws, rest assured that our investigation will be as transparent as we can possibly make it. Thank you for your patience during this difficult situation.

 

 

On Thursday, we informed you of the September 13th arrest of Dr. Kenneth Fischer, a teacher at West Middle School, on four (4) warrants out of Fairfax County, Virginia, related to child sex offenses. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Section, the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Maryland Child Protective Services, has established a phone line to accept information on victims and incidents related to the arrest.

A phone line has been established to coordinate information and provide victims a place to report incidents and receive information on counseling or other services that they may need. Information may be phoned or texted to 443-373-1684 or emailed to crimeline@ccg.carr.org.

Click here to read the news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

 

 

We were informed on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, that Dr. Kenneth Fischer, a teacher at West Middle School, was arrested on four (4) warrants out of Fairfax County, Virginia, related to child sex offenses.

We immediately began cooperating with law enforcement and the State’s Attorney’s Office in the investigation.

Once law enforcement informs us of an investigation, we are not able to communicate any information or details that may impair their investigation.  We can communicate in concert with them but only communicate when approved and only share details that will not interfere with a law enforcement investigation. 

Dr. Fischer has been suspended without pay pending a recommendation of termination to the Board of Education.

We will continue to do whatever we can to assist law enforcement in their investigation.

Please click here to read a news release from the Maryland State Police.

 

 

 

Thomas McHugh, an English content area liaison and teacher at Century High School, has been selected as one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year. The finalists were selected from a group of 24 local teachers of the year, representing the 24 Maryland school systems.

According to CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie, “We are extremely proud of Dr. McHugh for receiving this well-deserved honor and are excited to have a finalist in this year’s Maryland Teacher of the Year program. Dr. McHugh is an outstanding educator who is committed to his students and their success and is a leader among his fellow teachers.”

The Maryland Teacher of the Year will be named at a gala reception and dinner on Friday, October 27, 2017, at Martins West. The selected Maryland Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for the esteemed National Teacher of the Year Award, to be announced next April.

Click here to see the official announcement from the Maryland State Department of Education.

 

 

A public hearing on the proposed FY 2019 Capital Budget and the FY20-FY24 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget request will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend.

Click here to view the proposed CIP Budget

Comments and suggestions may be submitted online by using the link below or by U.S. mail to the Superintendent’s Office, Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, MD 21157.

Click here to provide feedback

This item will be brought back to the Board of Education for approval at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 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, 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 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, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

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