Carroll County Public Schools, Maryland

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Carroll County Public Schools
Westminster, Maryland
Carroll County Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Stephen H. Guthrie
Graduation rate:94.4 percent[2]
Number of schools:44
Budget: $328.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Virginia R. Harrison
Board members:5
Term length:4
Carroll County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 26,687 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate increased from 91 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 94.4 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Carroll County Public Schools is located in Carroll County, Maryland
Carroll County Public Schools is based in Westminster, the county seat of Carroll County, Maryland. Carroll County is home to 167,564 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Carroll County Public Schools is the ninth-largest school district in Maryland.


Carroll County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.9 percent of Carroll County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Carroll County was $83,155 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Carroll County was 5.5 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Carroll County (%) Maryland (%)
White 93.3 60.8
Black or African American 3.4 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 1.6 6.0
Two or More Races 1.5 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 58,050
Democratic 32,685
Unaffiliated 21,440
Other 954
Libertarian 560
Green 273
Total 113,962

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools is Stephen H. Guthrie as of June 13, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2010 and was reappointed by the school board through 2018. Guthrie previously served as the district's assistant superintendent of administration from 2002 to 2010.[7]

School board

The Carroll County Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entire county.

Carroll County Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Virginia R. Harrison 2014
James L. Doolan 2016
Gary W. Bauer 2014
Jennifer A. Seidel 2016
Barbara J. Shreeve 2014

School board elections

See also: Carroll County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2008:

The Citizen Participation segment of the Board meeting is an opportunity and a courtesy extended to members of the public to provide the Board of Education of Carroll County with views on issues pertaining to elementary and secondary education policy and the administration of the public schools in the county. The Board welcomes individuals who are sufficiently concerned to make an effort to comment publicly at a Board meeting. All speakers shall conduct themselves in a non-disruptive manner. Although Board members usually do not respond to the comments during this segment of the Board meeting, the Board members do listen and often take follow-up action within the scope of the Board’s authority and jurisdiction.

At the first meeting of each month, time will be allowed for citizen participation to encourage public dialogue with the Board. The Board president or the presiding Board member may elect to give any member of the audience an opportunity to speak on any item on the agenda, to express an opinion, or to comment on any matter that relates to Carroll County Public Schools.

An announcement will be made at the beginning of the business meeting that any citizen wishing to address the Board should fill out a citizen participation card and give it to the Board president before Citizen Participation time. When their name is called, citizens are asked to come forward and state their name and address for the record. In order to allow time for all citizens to speak, the Board president or the presiding Board member will advise citizens of the amount of time allowed for their comments.

To have an orderly presentation of comments by the public, the following guidelines apply:

  • Comments are limited to three minutes or less. When the allotted time expires, the speaker is permitted to complete a sentence and return to the audience. The public may not display signs or posters during meetings of the board. In lieu of signs, or if you are unable to complete your comments in the allotted time, individuals are encouraged to submit remarks to the board in writing.
  • Statements to the Board should relate to a recent agenda item, an agenda item that is expected to appear in the future, or a matter of general policy over which the Board has authority. Personnel matters, pending appeals, the actions or statements of individual staff, or items related to employee negotiations are not appropriate topics and may not be discussed.
  • Citizen Participation is not intended to be a question and answer session. If citizens have specific questions, the Board will make sure that an appropriate staff member responds to their questions later.
  • If any individual fails to comply with these guidelines, The Board president or the presiding Board member may order the person to leave the public meeting and may take further action as is necessary to ensure compliance with these guidelines.


—Carroll County Public Schools website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget fro Carroll County Public Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $252,330,997 76.1% $0 0% $74,653,732 22.5% $4,160,501 1.3% $331,000 0.1% $331,476,230
2013-2014 $253,140,756 76.7% $0 0% $75,271,848 22.8% $0 0% $1,476,767 0.4% $329,889,371
2014-2015 $252,654,772 76.8% $0 0% $75,102,518 22.8% $0 0% $1,215,251 0.4% $328,972,541
Averages: $252,708,841.67 77% $0 0% $75,009,366 23% $1,386,833.67 0% $1,007,672.67 0% $330,112,714

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Carroll County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provisional 40,318 56,445
B.A. 44,653 65,275
MA 45,156 84,990
MA + 30 47,575 88,215
MA + 60 49,278 89,919


Teachers in Carroll County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Carroll County Education Association (CCEA). The president of the CCEA is Ted Payne as of June 13, 2014.[12]

Schools in Carroll County Public Schools


The district served 26,687 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 4.6 percent decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 27,964 -
2010 27,721 -0.9
2011 27,334 -1.4
2012 27,082 -0.9
2013 26,687 -1.4

District schools

Carroll County Public Schools operates 44 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Carroll County Public Schools
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
Carroll Springs School
Carrolltowne Elementary School
Century High School
Charles Carroll Elementary School
Cranberry Station Elementary School
East Middle School
Ebb Valley Elementary School
Eldersburg Elementary School
Elmer A. Wolfe Elementary School
Francis Scott Key High School
Freedom District Elementary School
Friendship Valley Elementary School
Hampstead Elementary School
Liberty High School
Linton Springs Elementary School
Manchester Elementary School
Manchester Valley High School
Mechanicsville Elementary School
Mt. Airy Elementary School
Mt. Airy Middle School
New Windsor Middle School
North Carroll High School
North Carroll Middle School
Northwest Middle School
Oklahoma Road Middle School
Outdoor School
Parr's Ridge Elementary School
Piney Ridge Elementary School
Robert Moton Elementary School
Runnymede Elementary School
Sandymount Elementary School
Shiloh Middle School
South Carroll High School
Spring Garden Elementary School
Sykesville Middle School
Taneytown Elementary School
The Gateway School
West Middle School
Westminster Elementary School
Westminster High School
William Winchester Elementary School
Winfield Elementary School
Winters Mill High School

Academic performance

The Maryland State Department of Education conducts the Maryland Standard Assessment (MSA) each spring for students in grades three through eight. This test determines proficiency levels in reading and math. The MSA also assesses proficiency in science among students in grades five and eight. Proficiency levels in algebra, biology and English at the high-school level are determined by the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA). Student performance is broken down into three categories: basic proficiency, proficiency and advanced proficiency. The following tables display the MSA and MHSA results for district students during the 2012-2013 school year:[14]

MSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
3 Math 8.4 54.6 37.0
3 Reading 10.2 65.0 24.8
4 Math 4.9 36.9 58.2
4 Reading 7.7 56.1 36.2
5 Math 7.7 62.9 29.4
5 Reading 6.6 24.4 69.1
5 Science 19.5 68.0 12.5
6 Math 8.7 45.5 45.7
6 Reading 8.7 37.8 53.5
7 Math 15.1 53.2 31.7
7 Reading 7.5 33.3 59.2
8 Math 16.9 38.8 43.3
8 Reading 9.5 33.3 57.3
8 Science 13.9 77.8 8.4

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 4.4 55.9 39.7
High school Biology 7.3 63.3 29.5
High school English 7.8 57.6 34.6

Contact information

Carroll County Public Schools logo.jpg
Carroll County Public Schools
125 North Court Street
Westminster MD 21157
Phone: (410) 751-3000

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 13, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 13, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Carroll County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
  4. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Carroll County Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed June 13, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Carroll County Public Schools, "Board of Education Meeting and Board Policy Information," October 7, 2008
  10. Carroll County Public Schools, "Total Operating Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
  11. Carroll County Public Schools, "CCEA Master Agreement," February 13, 2013
  12. Carroll County Education Association, "Executive Board," accessed June 13, 2014
  13. Carroll County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed June 13, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Carroll County," accessed June 13, 2014