Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Spring sports are well underway at both high schools and throughout the county at all age levels. Spring concerts at all levels and high school proms are right around the corner and before you know it our seniors will be graduating and all students will be anxious for a well deserved summer break.
We survived another tough winter, missing ten school days. The original calendar had four inclement weather days built in, which forced us to modify the school calendar to absorb three of the remaining days and received a waiver from the state for two more days. This resulted in extending the year by just one day, making Tuesday, June 16th the last day for students.
Our priority continues to be engaging instruction that is student-centered and delivered by highly qualified staff. With that said, students and teachers continue to work hard, despite the weather related interruptions. Schedules have been minimally modified to keep students on track with the least disruption. At this point we are well into State spring assessments. Students across the system are participating in testing on computers and showing off what they have learned.
Lockerman Middle School has suffered a hardship. It’s difficult to put into words the emotions surrounding the loss of our friend and staff member, Connie Wolcott. Throughout it all, though, the Lockerman School leadership and faculty have stood strong for their school, students and community.
My continued thanks to all of the schools that have hosted the Board of Education work sessions. The Board and central office staff are extremely appreciative of the staff preparations and have benefited greatly from the presentations and discussions. With just a couple of months to go in the school year, LMS will host the May work session and CCTC will host the June work session. These meetings, as well as the regular Board meetings, are open and the public is invited to attend.
The Board of Education received a lot of very qualified applications for superintendent. They have conducted first round interviews and plan to bring some of those applicants back for a second interview. On May 18, 19 and 20th three finalists will participate in daylong interviews with various stakeholder groups. The Board’s goal is to announce and introduce the new superintendent by mid June with a July 1 start date.
Administrators are working hard at conducting interviews to fill teacher vacancies for next year due to known retirements and resignations. Our goal each year is to fill as many of these positions as quickly as possible so that we are able to hire the best possible candidate. Our students deserve nothing less than the best.
Once again, I want to thank you for your hard work, dedication and collaboration as we work together to provide the children of Caroline County a world-class education.
Milton Nagel, CPA
Caroline County Public Schools