We are excited about the passing of the Bond Referendum and are moving forward with making plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary. A committee made up of school personnel and community members will be used to choose an architectural firm and plans will be developed so that we can hopefully proceed with both of these projects by the summer of 2014. I would like to express thanks to the community for their strong support for the children of Caroline county.
During the month of December the school system budget process for the 2014-2015 school year is in full swing. We continue to ask for your support in our quest to build an adequately funded budget which will provide for the education that each child deserves. As important dates arise, I will make sure to place those on this blog. The primary focus of the budget will be to address salary raises for all staff so that we can retain the best possible staff to meet the needs of the children.
I would like to give kudos to the Caroline Middle School History Club for planning and arranging the 38th Parallel Dedication Ceremony on Veteran’s Day. It was well attended and very moving. Many could be seen wiping tears. This club showed perseverance in their vision for the historical marker and it paid off. I appreciate Kevin Whiteman, Scott Moser, Sara Gibson, Ruth Judd and the Board of Supervisors for their involvement in this program. This is an example of great community involvement and setting an example for our children.
There will be a Uniform Forum and meeting on November 19, 2013 and December 17, 2013, both at 6:00, to present the findings of the uniform committee and gather public input on uniforms. The information from these forums will be provided to the Caroline County School Board so that they will be informed of the parent and public opinion. The November 19th meeting will be at Bowling Green Elementary School and the December 17th meeting will be held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in the cafeterias.
Just a reminder that Lewis and Clark Elementary School is developing the Lewis and Clark Educational Trail, which will create an interactive experience for kids, provide the opportunity for creative play, and offer standards-based learning in the great outdoors. In addition to creating a trail that is environmental, educational, and physical, this project will beautify the front of Lewis and Clark Elementary and establish a one-of-a-kind symbol of pride for students, teachers, and parents of Caroline County. If you wish to make a donation, buy a brick, volunteer, or give resources, please call the school at 804-448-0175. Engraved bricks are selling for $100, along with larger gift levels to reach their fundraising goal. Additional information and an order form can be located at: http://lces.ccps.us/parents-students/educationaltrail/
The Sheriff’s Department has provided CCPS with CDs to help parents monitor their child’s computer. These CDs will be available in each school’s office. Parents will be required to sign for them, along with their email address. Each school will receive 20 CDs for distribution. These were provided through a grant that the Sherriff’s Department was awarded.