The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. Agenda items will include the adoption of the FY22 Preliminary Operating Budget.

Due to social distancing guidelines, some participants will be attending virtually, and 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 5:15 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.

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. Persons who wish to have their comments posted on the Public Comments page of the website should indicate so at the beginning of their email. 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 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. 

 

 

Artwork by Meredith Day, currently a seventh grade student at West Middle School, was selected to be featured on the cover and the March page of the 2021 American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Insights calendar. The calendar features artwork by blind youth and visually impaired individuals. Meredith created the piece as a fifth grader at Mechanicsville Elementary School.

 

 

 

A public hearing on the Superintendent’s Proposed FY22 Operating Budget will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., at the Board of Education offices located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. A Board work session on the proposed budget will be held immediately following the hearing. Due to social distancing guidelines, some participants will be attending virtually, and the public will not be able to attend the meetings with the exception of those who wish to speak at the budget hearing.

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 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. Persons who wish to have their comments posted on the Public Comments page of the website should indicate so at the beginning of their email. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing in order to be posted prior to the meeting.

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

The proposed budget and supporting information are available online at: https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/financeservices/budget/Pages/default.aspx.

The Board will adopt its Preliminary FY22 Operating Budget at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 10, at 5:00 p.m.

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. 

 

bulletin board honoring dr. king at linton springs elem.

As we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please click here to view some of the many activities taking place in our schools to celebrate his life and legacy.

Pictured:  A bulletin board featuring "How Can I Promote Peace" T-shirts created by fourth graders at Linton Springs Elementary School.

 

 

Click here to livestream the meeting.

The Board of Education of Carroll County and the Board of Carroll County Commissioners will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting hosted by the Commissioners.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Government  YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/AJU4GLXwFoY and broadcast on Channel 24 on Comcast Cable.

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 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 Public Schools Food Services Department has received a $10,000 Hometown Grant as part of Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school wellness program. The school system is using the funds to help offset the cost of a van purchased to support  school and summer/emergency meal programs.

The Fuel Up to Play 60 program was created in partnership by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Hometown Grant initiative provides $10,000 to schools to enhance their school meal programs and provide meals to students, even while studying remotely. 

In addition to the grant, the American Dairy Association North East is providing 200 at-home physical activity kits to CCPS students so they can still get exercise. These kits will be shared through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Westminster.

For more information, contact Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services for Carroll County Public Schools, at 410-751-3041 or krsarno@carrollk12.org.

Pictured (left to right):
Steven Lockard, Superintendent; Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services; Chris Hartlove, Chief Financial Officer, and Ravens mascot Poe (cutout).

 

 

The Masonry Program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, under the direction of instructor Mike Campanile, has been awarded a $3,000 grant by the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) Foundation.

The grant will help provide funding for a new hydraulic-dump mortar mixer. The program’s current mortar mixer is over 30 years old and no longer current in today's industry standards. While the program does have many current, high tech tools, such as dustless saws and professional grade hand tools, operating a powerful, hydraulic mortar mixer is a must in today’s masonry industry.

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center's Masonry Program has been putting high school masonry students into industry for decades. The current program provides over 30 students per year an opportunity to fill a huge void in today's workforce. It has supported the local community (and beyond) with many projects, including brick sign holders for local fire departments and schools, a bell base for the Historical Society of Carroll County, a brick oven for the Culinary Arts Program, concrete reef balls for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a stunning Memorial to honor the 911 victims that features an actual I-Beam recovered from the South Tower, and many custom fireplaces, fire pits, and mailboxes for local customers.

According to instructor Mike Campanile, “Nothing is more productive in supporting the passion of masonry than if a student gets to be a part of a real-life project. We strive for the highest of industry standards as our students graduate and move into this trade.”

The BC&E Foundation distributes grants to various schools and institutions that specialize in quality construction and design programs. Its mission is to build the construction industry’s future workforce by promoting and supporting education and building programs that are beneficial to the recognition, development, and growth of the Greater Baltimore construction industry.

 

 

Olivia Vandusen, a junior and an FFA member at Manchester Valley High School, has been awarded a $1,000 Farm Credit SAE grant. Her application was selected from among 5,968 applications nationwide.

Students are required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) as part of being enrolled in an agricultural course. SAE projects allow them to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to out-of-school experiences and provide an opportunity for students to explore career opportunities and gain skills relevant to career aspirations.   

Olivia is currently enrolled in the third course, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, of the four-course Agriscience - Animal completer at Manchester Valley. She has already completed the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) and Animal Science sources. She also serves as an officer of the MVHS FFA Chapter.

Olivia has spent the last two years completing an SAE project which involves training and showing her dog, Sugar. She has trained Sugar to  respond to basic commands and to complete agility courses.  She has entered and shown Sugar in the Agility Course Tests one and two and received the best scores in the class. She plans to continue working with this SAE project and work with Sugar on more extensive training.

Olivia will use the grant for a new poultry SAE project. With the grant she will purchase, hatch, raise, and sell Pekin and Indian Runner ducks. Before purchasing duck eggs, she will be refurnishing the barn at her home to be ready for the ducks and purchasing supplies needed for the project.  Without the grant, Olivia would not be able to provide a habitat for the ducks and would not have the equipment needed for the project.

 

 

This year because of the COVID Pandemic, we will be holding a series of online training sessions instead of having in-person Mock Trials. During these sessions, the State's Attorney, Judges and Attorney Coaches will be offering training on different aspects of trials. The sessions will be held from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM via Google Meet. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesday, January 5, 2021: Opening Statements by Brian DeLeonardo, State’s Attorney for Carroll County

Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Rules of Evidence and Courtroom Etiquette by The Honorable Fred S. Hecker, Carroll County Circuit Court Administrative Judge

Tuesday, January 19, 2021: Direct and Cross Examination by Zoa Barnes, Esq. of Hill, Barnes, & McInerney, LLC

Tuesday, February 2, 2021: Closing Arguments by Stephen Roscher, Esq., Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for Carroll County (retired)

Please complete the form at this link  https://forms.gle/LkzLgSNsvpNquQe99 to receive a link to the upcoming sessions.

 

Artwork by Sara Bondroff, a senior at Liberty High School, was selected for the 2021 National Art Honor Society Juried Exhibition. Ninety-three works from across the country were selected for this virtual exhibit.

Sara created Altered Self-Portrait by physically altering a photograph she shot of herself. She then photographed this alteration and manipulated the image digitally in Photoshop.

According to art teacher Lauren Latane-Valis, “Sara is a talented artist who has taken art classes each year during her time at Liberty, including AP 2D Art & Design this year.”   She is also an active member of the National Art Honor Society and the Liberty Mural Team.

 

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