Howard County Public Schools, Maryland

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Howard County Public Schools
Ellicott City, Maryland
Howard County Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Renee A. Foose
Graduation rate:93.2 percent[2]
Number of schools:76
Budget: $758.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ellen Flynn Giles
Board members:7
Term length:4
Howard County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 52,053 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district's high school graduation rate jumped from 89.5 percent in 2010 to 93.2 in 2013.[2]

About the district

Howard County Public Schools is located in Howard County, Maryland
Howard County Public Schools is based in Ellicott City, a city located in Howard County, Maryland. Howard County is home to 304,580 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Howard County Public Schools is the sixth-largest school district in Maryland.


Howard County outperformed the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 59.5 percent of Howard 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 Howard County was $107,821 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Howard County was 4.4 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Howard County (%) Maryland (%)
White 62.3 60.8
Black or African American 18.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 15.7 6.0
Two or More Races 3.4 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.2 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 93,491
Republican 56,260
Unaffiliated 42,856
Other 2,302
Libertarian 868
Green 493
Total 196,270

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Howard County Public Schools is Renee Foose as of June 11, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in July 2012. Foose holds a bachelor's degree from Towson University, a M.B.A. from Loyola University and a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. She previously worked as a high school teacher, principal and deputy superintendent in Baltimore County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools.[6]

School board

The Howard County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entire district.

Howard County Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Ellen Flynn Giles 2016
Ann De Lacy 2016
Janet Siddiqui 2016
Cynthia L. Vaillancourt 2018
Sandra H. French 2018
Bess I. Altwerger 2018
Christine O'Connor 2018

School board elections

See also: Howard County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 4, 2014. Three 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 2007:

A. Public Attendance

1. The Board will comply with the Open Meetings Act of Maryland.

2. At any open session of the Board, including work sessions, the general public is invited to attend and observe.

3. Every effort will be made to provide interpreters for meetings of the Board on request for those who are hearing impaired or speakers of languages other than English. Two weeks advance notice is preferred.

4. Except in instances when the presiding officer expressly invites public testimony, questions, comments, or other forms of public participation, or when public participation is otherwise authorized by law, no member of the public attending an open session may participate in the session.

B. Public Hearings

1. The Board shall schedule public hearings in accordance with Board policy and may schedule additional public hearings on issues of concern and interest.

2. In general, public hearings will be held approximately thirty (30) days after the meeting at which an issue is initially introduced.

3. The subject and date of public hearings will be publicized through customary communications channels and be released to the news media.

4. Community members may pre-register to speak at a public hearing by contacting the Board of Education Office by telephone or in person. Persons may pre-register during business hours during the three weeks prior to the hearing up to the close of business on the last working day before the hearing. Speakers will be asked to provide their name, address, phone number, and e-mail address if available.

5. A registration sign-up sheet will be available at the public hearings for individuals who do not pre-register but wish to provide testimony. Individuals who register at the time of the public hearing will testify in order of their signatures after those who pre-registered have testified.

6. Individuals may only register themselves to speak. An officer of an organization may register up to five (5) individuals to provide testimony on behalf of the organization. Substitute speakers are not permitted except with the expressed permission of the presiding officer.

7. Speakers at a hearing will testify in the order in which they registered, except that students will be permitted to testify at the beginning of the hearing, and elected officials will be given the courtesy of being placed at the time of their choice on the agenda.

8. Testimony during public hearings is limited to the issue under consideration.

9. Testimony at the hearing, including any visual or audio presentations, will be limited to three minutes.

10. Speakers are requested to provide 15 copies of their statements of distribution to Board members and staff. Staff members may share these copies with the press on request.

11. All registered speakers will be given an opportunity to be heard by the Board. An additional hearing may be scheduled if necessary.

12. Community members may provide written testimony in addition to, or in lieu of, public testimony. Equal consideration will be given to written and oral testimony. Written testimony may be submitted via letter or e-mail and should be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at which the Board is scheduled to take action.

C. Public Forums

1. Time is set aside at the beginning of each session of regular meetings for up to five (5) community members to provide public comment.

2. Registration for the Public Forum will be carried out using the same schedule and times described for Public Hearings in Standards IV.B.4 and IV.B.5.

3. Testimony during Public Forums, including any visual or audio presentations, will be limited to three minutes.

4. The Public Forum may not be used to address negative personnel issues or topics for which the Board holds formal public hearings.

5. Board members usually do not respond to comments during the Public Forum. Board members may take follow-up action within the scope of the Board's authority and jurisdiction and/or may make referrals to appropriate staff.


—Howard County Public Schools, (2014) [8]


The table below displays the budget for Howard County Public Schools:[9][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
2013-2014 $521,752,820 71.9% $136,899,810 18.9% $60,477,660 8.3% $0 0% $6,149,740 0.8% $725,280,030
2014-2015 $492,826,550 65% $192,510,980 25.4% $66,944,720 8.8% $0 0% $6,483,100 0.9% $758,765,350
Averages: $507,289,685 68% $164,705,395 22% $63,711,190 9% $0 0% $6,316,420 1% $742,022,690

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Howard 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 ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 45,971 68,956
B.A. + 30 47,621 98,870
MA 49,270 100,684
MA + 30 50,919 102,498
Ph.D. 52,568 104,312


Teachers in Howard County Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Howard County Education Association (HCEA). The president of the HCEA is Paul Lemle as of June 11, 2014.[12]

Schools in Howard County Public Schools


The district served 52,053 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 4.3 percent increase 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 49,905 -
2010 50,641 1.5
2011 50,994 0.7
2012 51,555 1.1
2013 52,053 1.0

District schools

Howard County Public Schools operates 76 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Howard County Public Schools
Applications and Research Lab
Atholton Elementary School
Atholton High School
Bellows Spring Elementary School
Bollman Bridge Elementary School
Bonnie Branch Middle School
Bryant Woods Elementary School
Burleigh Manor Middle School
Bushy Park Elementary School
Cedar Lane School
Centennial High School
Centennial Lane Elementary School
Clarksville Elementary School
Clarksville Middle School
Clemens Crossing Elementary School
Cradlerock Elementary School
Dayton Oaks Elementary School
Deep Run Elementary School
Ducketts Lane Elementary School
Dunloggin Middle School
Elkridge Elementary School
Elkridge Landing Middle School
Ellicott Mills Middle School
Folly Quarter Middle School
Forest Ridge Elementary School
Fulton Elementary School
Glenelg High School
Glenwood Middle School
Gorman Crossing Elementary School
Guilford Elementary School
Hammond Elementary School
Hammond High School
Hammond Middle School
Harper's Choice Middle School
Hollifield Station Elementary School
Homewood Center
Howard High School
Ilchester Elementary School
Jeffers Hill Elementary School
Lake Elkhorn Middle School
Laurel Woods Elementary School
Lime Kiln Middle School
Lisbon Elementary School
Long Reach High School
Longfellow Elementary School
Manor Woods Elementary School
Marriotts Ridge High School
Mayfield Woods Middle School
Mt. Hebron High School
Mount View Middle School
Murray Hill Middle School
Northfield Elementary School
Oakland Mills High School
Oakland Mills Middle School
Patapsco Middle School
Patuxent Valley Middle School
Phelps Luck Elementary School
Pointers Run Elementary School
Reservoir High School
River Hill High School
Rockburn Elementary School
Running Brook Elementary School
St. John's Lane Elementary School
Stevens Forest Elementary School
Swansfield Elementary School
Talbott Springs Elementary School
Thomas Viaduct Middle School
Thunder Hill Elementary School
Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School
Veterans Elementary School
Waterloo Elementary School
Waverly Elementary School
West Friendship Elementary School
Wilde Lake High School
Wilde Lake Middle School
Worthington Elementary 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 8.5 46.9 44.5
3 Reading 8.4 54.6 37.0
4 Math 5.7 31.5 62.8
4 Reading 5.2 48.8 46.0
5 Math 9.1 49.2 41.7
5 Reading 4.8 19.4 75.8
5 Science 20.9 64.4 14.7
6 Math 13.3 42.6 44.1
6 Reading 8.8 33.1 58.0
7 Math 16.1 46.1 37.8
7 Reading 7.3 27.9 64.8
8 Math 17.9 33.8 48.3
8 Reading 9.2 28.3 62.5
8 Science 12.7 73.3 14.0

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 4.9 42.2 52.9
High school Biology 5.8 53.3 40.9
High school English 8.3 45.0 46.8


Ethics claims against Cynthia Vaillancourt

On May 8, 2014, the Board of Education approved a resolution by a 5-2 vote admonishing member Cynthia L. Vaillancourt for violating board confidentiality. The resolution stated that Vaillancourt disclosed information from closed sessions to outside parties and interfered with work done by the county's five-member ethics panel. Vaillancourt accused her fellow board members of inserting themselves into the 2014 election by engaging in "nasty politics" and following "base motives." She also argued that fellow board members left her out of e-mail threads about ongoing ethics investigations, which forced her to directly contact the county panel. Outgoing board member Brian Meshkin, who joined Vaillancourt in voting against the resolution, also criticized the board for damaging the board's integrity with these accusations.[15]

Board president Ellen Flynn Giles stated after the resolution that the board had previously warned Vaillancourt about her communications with outside parties regarding confidential matters. The resolution could be the first step toward future actions against Vaillancourt including official censure and impeachment. Giles and fellow board members Janet Siddiqui, Sandra H. French and Frank Aquino were involved in the attempted removal of board member Allen Dyer in 2011.[15] Dyer remained in office through the end of his term in 2012 due to legal challenges to the board's actions.[16]

Contact information

Howard County Public Schools logo.jpg
Howard County Public Schools
10910 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Phone: 410-313-6600

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 10, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 10, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Howard 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. Howard County Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed June 11, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Howard County Public Schools, "Policy 2040," July 1, 2007
  9. Howard County Public Schools, "Operating Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
  10. Howard County Public Schools, "2015 Approved Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
  11. Howard County Public Schools, "Article 20: Salary Scales," accessed June 11, 2014
  12. Howard County Education Association, "HCEA FAQ," accessed June 11, 2014
  13. Howard County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed June 11, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Howard County," accessed June 11, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Baltimore Sun, "Howard BOE accuses member Vaillancourt of confidentiality breach," May 8, 2014
  16. The Baltimore Sun, "Administrative law judge upholds Dyer impeachment," December 6, 2012