Board News from January 2018 Board of Education Meeting

Members of the Greensboro Elementary School Lego club began the January 2, 2018 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.













GREENSBORO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROJECT - Educational Specifications Report

The Board of Education approved the educational specifications for the Greensboro Elementary School project during the January board meeting. Hord Coplan Macht was hired to conduct the feasibility study for Greensboro Elementary to assist the school system in determining whether to add onto and renovate the existing school or to build a new school. The justification to build a new school can be found within the document.  The educational specifications document for the Greensboro Elementary Replacement School has been completed by Hord Coplan Macht as the next step toward construction. The document also serves as a starting point for both the planning team and the architect as they begin work on the project. The educational specifications still need to be formally approved by the state Public School Construction Program. Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Milton Nagel said the state will contribute the majority of funding for the new school which is estimated to cost about $45 million. The local share is estimated to be about $18 million of the total cost. The cost of building a new school is less than doing an expansion and renovation of the existing school.

The full Educational Specifications Report can be found here: Greensboro Elementary School - Educational Specifications.pdf


Dr. Patricia Saelens, Superintendent of Schools, highlighted several items during her report. She talked about the culture survey taken to assess teachers reactions to the Essentials for Learning. The survey was given between October 16 and November 10, 2017. There was an 82% response rate to the survey. The culture survey report can be found at: Caroline County Public Schools School Culture Survey Results.pdf

Additionally, Dr. Saelens highlighted an article in the Caroline Review that details the Essentials for Learning and the recent parent meeting held in November at Denton Elementary School. The article can be found here: Caroline Review Article November 14.pdf

Dr. Saelens also highlighted the information about GREEN (Growing Responsible Educated Electronic Neighborhoods). The goal of GREEN is to educate Caroline County residents on safety and responsibility when using technology. GREEN, which has members from the Caroline County Sheriff's Department, Caroline County Public Library, Caroline County Department of Social Services, Caroline County State's Attorney's Office, Caroline County Health Department, Caroline County Recreation and Parks and the school system, is holding four events in January. The information sessions will be held at the Denton Fire Hall and Preston Fire Hall on January 17 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The same information sessions will be held at the Goldsboro and Federalsburg Fire Halls on January 18 at 6:30 p.m.


Director of Professional Development and Assessments Dr. Lisa Hopkins offered a look at two documents. One is the Frequently Asked Questions about Essentials for Learning and an Instructional Snapshot, which highlights the GREEN meetings to be held on January 17 and 18th.

The two documents can be found here: (Essentials for Learning FAQ for Parents) Essentials for Learning Parents FAQ.pdf

Instructional Snapshot - January 2018 Instructional Snapshot.pdf


The Board of Education heard a report from Dr. Kari Clow, Preston Elementary School principal, on the most recent Rigor Walk at Preston Elementary. The rigor walks are part of the Essentials for Learning program.


The Board approved the following:

  • Maryland CTE Program of Study Proposal: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.  The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Program is a Career Technology Education (CTE) program of study that integrates government, academia, and private sector training/educational initiatives to help students understand how the United States and its interests worldwide are protected against threats to public safety, both natural and manmade, through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response and recovery. The new program will be implemented during the 2018-2019 school year at the Caroline Career and Technology Center.


The Board of Education held discussion on the following items:

  • Proposed 2018-2019 School Calendar. It is expected the Board of Education will vote on the proposed calendar at the February Board meeting. The proposed calendar can be found here: 2018-2019 Calendar draft January 2018 .pdf
  • Proposed 2019-2020 School Calendar. It is expected the Board of Education will vote on the proposed calendar at the February Board meeting. The proposed calendar can be found here: 2019-2020 School year calendar #2 .pdf
  • FY 2019 Operating Budget