Howard County Public Schools, Maryland
|Howard County Public Schools|
|Ellicott City, Maryland|
|Superintendent:||Renee A. Foose|
|Graduation rate:||93.2 percent|
|Number of schools:||76|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ellen Flynn Giles|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Howard County Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtEllicott City, a city located in Howard County, Maryland. Howard County is home to 304,580 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. 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.
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. 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.
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|
|Ellen Flynn Giles||2016|
|Ann De Lacy||2016|
|Cynthia L. Vaillancourt||2018|
|Sandra H. French||2018|
|Bess I. Altwerger||2018|
School board elections
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) 
|Expenditures by Category|
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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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|B.A. + 30||47,621||98,870|
|MA + 30||50,919||102,498|
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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Howard County Public Schools operates 76 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Howard County Public Schools|
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|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|
|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|
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:
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.
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. Dyer remained in office through the end of his term in 2012 due to legal challenges to the board's actions.
- List of school districts in Maryland
- Howard County Public Schools elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Howard County Public Schools
- Howard County Elections Board
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Maryland Association of Boards of Education
- Howard County Education Association
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 10, 2014
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Howard County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Howard County Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed June 11, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Howard County Public Schools, "Policy 2040," July 1, 2007
- Howard County Public Schools, "Operating Budget," accessed December 3, 2013
- Howard County Public Schools, "2015 Approved Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
- Howard County Public Schools, "Article 20: Salary Scales," accessed June 11, 2014
- Howard County Education Association, "HCEA FAQ," accessed June 11, 2014
- Howard County Public Schools, "Schools," accessed June 11, 2014
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Howard County," accessed June 11, 2014
- The Baltimore Sun, "Howard BOE accuses member Vaillancourt of confidentiality breach," May 8, 2014
- The Baltimore Sun, "Administrative law judge upholds Dyer impeachment," December 6, 2012