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Action-A-Day, Tuesday, 10/17/17——Local Education Issues In Carroll County: Our Future is NOW, Education Is For a Lifetime.

CALL TO ACTION:  What is more fundamental to the Republic, than a well educated child?  Over the past several months we each have been inundated with news happening at the national and state levels and it overwhelms us. Often there are very limited things we can do to change the course of what is happening. Yet we take all steps available to make improvements wherever possible. At the very local level, our neighborhood public schools, input and action is needed now. Whether you have children in school or not, your input as a taxpayer and as a stakeholder in our present and future is needed and necessary.

Take time to complete the survey attached below if you have not already done so. It is extremely important that the Board of Education, teachers, students, and the Superintendent of Schools knows that this community, that this county, cares deeply about quality education for every student. Every student matters; because every student contributes to our society as a whole. We need to take their education very seriously and work with our institutions to make them the very best possible under the circumstances and restraints we live within.

Please get involved today. Find out what is happening in your local community school as well as what is happening countywide. The issues are huge. Over the course of the next several months a new superintendent will be sought who will guide and work with the elected board of education. Additionally,  the Board of Education is looking at other huge factors related to the school system. These include a campaign ofrestructuring school facilities,  a redistribution of resources and most likely more changes in school boundaries. And our older facilities are in great need of restoration. The decisions of how to spend very limited dollars in this county will be debated and most likely hotly contested. 

So what can you do? The best thing is to educate ourselves about what is happening around us. We need to be actively engaged and present as these big decisions are determined. Your voice and mine are needed for the best decisions to be made. Please review past, current and future Board of Education meetings. Join Facebook pages for accurate updates, and pay attention to Carroll County Board of County Commissioners meetings where Education and Education dollars are discussed. Follow the actions below, to help with these decisions as soon as possible.

TO DO NOW :  

  1. Complete the Community Survey for the Carroll County Board of Education

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Flinks.carrollk12.org%2FCheckbox%2FSurvey.aspx%3Fs%3D0adc4cdd7ef8479a82c339f3837f9211&h=ATNU5tfhhud2qmUvFyDDE-4GLhFjlB5MDHZrWkH0oFvg3BaR8pzjvfMxfOvS_cgn0wtZZgvkvcYDMwPzKOeplLlSKCacCcKcXj5nGb2uZNvjch5CWHHOkMqVP5H2lH2_0_1V

2) Educate yourself on the issues encumbering our schools.  Go to the CCPS video archives portal to follow the issues:  http://video.carrollk12.org/CETV/BoardVideos

3). Attend the Board of County Commissioners open session meeting, Thursday, October 19 to give public comment on discussion and possible decision for proposed Board of Education FY19 CIP and East Middle, K-8, Potential Modernization.  See page 2:   http://carrollcountymd.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2379&Inline=True

4). Attend the upcoming Town Hall——Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Winters Mill High School, located at 560 Gorsuch Road in Westminster——- to give your feedback on two vital issues: 1)  Setting a direction for new redistricting and facilities utilizations initiatives (includes feedback on process, and factors to be considered, as well as school configurations such as K-8 or 6-12 schools.). And 2) input to develop the next strategic improvement plan.  Details here:  https://www.carrollk12.org/about/news/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2264

BACKGROUND:    FYI in 2018, three seats for Board of Ed will be open.   Currently only two people have filed to run for those seats.  The primary election is June 26 and the General election will be November 6, 2018.  

Also the search for a replacement for the Superintendent Steve Guthrie is ongoing.  The State of Maryland has been consulted and is assisting with the process, via MABE (Maryland Association of Boards of Education).  A public comment input period will be a part of this process.  Watch the BoEd Website and Facebook pages for additional updates and information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Carroll County Board of Education Website

https://www.carrollk12.org

Board of County Commissioners meeting portal:

http://carrollcountymd.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx

 

From the Carroll County Times :

http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/education/cc-boe-cip-tech-center-east-middle-20171012-story.html

Press Release of Steve Guthrie Retirement :

https://www.carrollk12.org/boe/Documents/Guthrie%20Retirement.pdf

Webpage with future link to Superintendent Search Information :

https://www.carrollk12.org/boe/Pages/Superintendent-Search.aspx

School Improvement Plans 2018:

https://www.carrollk12.org/schools/Pages/School-Improvement-Plans.aspx