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Charles County Public Schools, Maryland

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Charles County Public Schools
La Plata, Maryland
Charles County Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Kimberly Hill
Graduation rate:89.8 percent[2]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $356.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Roberta S. Wise
Board members:7
Term length:4
Charles County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 26,644 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate increased from 86 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 89.8 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Charles County Public Schools is located in Charles County, Maryland
Charles County Public Schools is based in La Plata, the county seat of Charles County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Charles County is home to 152,864 residents.[3] Charles County Public Schools is the 10th-largest school district in Maryland.


Charles County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.6 percent of Charles 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 Charles County was $93,063 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Charles County was 6.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Charles County (%) Maryland (%)
White 50.0 60.8
Black or African American 42.4 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 3.2 6.0
Two or More Races 3.5 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 4.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 57,541
Republican 24,556
Unaffiliated 16,259
Other 552
Libertarian 312
Green 120
Total 99,340

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 Charles County Public Schools is Kimberly Hill as of June 16, 2014. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013 and her term ends in 2017. Hill began her career in the district in 1986 as a social studies teacher. She later worked as a vice principal and principal.[7]

School board

The Charles County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents the entire county from an at-large seat.

Charles County Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Roberta S. Wise 2014
Maura H. Cook 2014
Jennifer S. Abell 2014
Patricia Bowie 2014
Michael Lukas 2014
Pamela A. Pedersen 2014
Donald M. Wade 2014

School board elections

See also: Charles County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a concurrent basis. Each seat is up for election on November 4, 2014. The next general election for board seats will take place in 2018.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2005:

Generally during the school year, the Board hosts a public forum for Charles County citizens to offer comments on any school system-related issue of their choosing. It is scheduled at the beginning of the regularly scheduled Board meetings. Speakers are allowed 3 minutes; Citizens may register for public forum on the same day it is held on a first-come, first-served basis to address the board.

As this is a time for citizens to speak, public forum is not used as a time for Board action.


  • Speakers should identify themselves.
  • Statements should be brief, to the point, and limited to three minutes or less.
  • Board members should not be expected to respond during the forum to statements made by speakers.
  • Statements should relate to Charles County Board of Education agenda items or any education-related topic, with the following limitations:
    • Personnel matters, pending or potential appeals, or comments regarding the actions or statements of individual staff or the private lives of any individual are not appropriate topics.
    • Proper language and decorum are required at all times.


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


The table below displays the budget for Charles 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
2011-2012 $153,626,115 47.1% $3,178,565 1% $118,977,085 36.5% $49,869,429 15.3% $3,513,106 1.1% $325,985,738
2012-2013 $161,848,070 47.6% $3,565,051 1% $117,342,287 34.5% $58,141,002 17.1% $2,898,387 0.9% $340,229,745
2013-2014 $164,966,901 47.1% $3,537,459 1% $120,979,241 34.6% $60,206,924 17.2% $2,912,539 0.8% $350,065,605
2014-2015 $135,316,536 38% $3,664,689 1% $120,524,665 33.8% $64,344,571 18.1% $32,255,145 9.1% $356,105,606
Averages: $153,939,405.5 45% $3,486,441 1% $119,455,819.5 35% $58,140,481.5 17% $10,394,794.25 3% $343,096,673.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Charles 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 2012-2013 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.S. 43,724 54,820
MA 47,396 82,969
MA + 30 48,396 83,969
Ph.D. 50,896 86,469


Teachers in Charles County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Education Association of Charles County (EACC). The president of the EACC is Liz Brown as of July 16, 2014.[12]

Schools in Charles County Public Schools


The district served 26,644 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.3 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 26,727 -
2010 26,779 0.2
2011 26,850 0.3
2012 26,778 -0.3
2013 26,644 -0.5

District schools

Charles County Public Schools operates 37 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Charles County Public Schools
Barnhart Elementary School
Berry Elementary School
Brown Elementary School
Craik Elementary School
Daniel of St. Thomas Elementary School
Davis Middle School
Diggs Elementary School
Gale-Bailey Elementary School
Hanson Middle School
Henson Middle School
Higdon Elementary School
Indian Head Elementary School
Jenifer Elementary School
La Plata High School
Lackey High School
Malcolm Elementary School
Martin Elementary School
Mattowan Middle School
Matula Elementary School
McDonough High School
Middleton Elementary School
Mitchell Elementary School
Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
Mudd Elementary School
Neal Elementary School
North Point High School
Parks Elementary School
Piccowaxen Middle School
Ryon Elementary School
Smallwood Middle School
Somers Middle School
St. Charles High School
Stoddert Middle School
Stone High School
Turner Elementary School
Wade Elementary School
Westlake 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 20.8 53.2 26.0
3 Reading 19.4 60.6 20.0
4 Math 13.3 43.0 43.7
4 Reading 13.1 59.1 27.8
5 Math 24.0 55.6 20.4
5 Reading 15.2 35.1 49.7
5 Science 35.6 56.3 8.2
6 Math 20.1 46.8 33.0
6 Reading 17.1 45.2 37.7
7 Math 21.3 53.5 25.2
7 Reading 16.3 36.5 47.2
8 Math 27.9 38.3 33.9
8 Reading 21.8 37.5 40.7
8 Science 31.6 64.9 3.5

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 9.7 62.0 28.2
High school Biology 11.6 71.5 16.9
High school English 10.4 66.6 23.0

Contact information

Charles County Public Schools logo.png
Charles County Public Schools
5980 Radio Station Road
La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: (301) 932-6610

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 16, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 16, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Charles County, Maryland," accessed May 6, 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. Charles County Public Schools, "Superintendent's Biography," accessed June 16, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Charles County Public Schools, "Communication with the Public: Board of Education Meetings, Public Forums, Public Hearings and Public Participation: Public Forum," January 10, 2005
  10. Charles County Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
  11. Charles County Public Schools, "FY2013 Salary Scales," January 25, 2013
  12. Education Association of Charles County, "Board," accessed June 16, 2014
  13. Charles County Public Schools, "CCPS at a Glance," accessed June 16, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Charles County," accessed June 16, 2014