Harford County Public Schools, Maryland
|Harford County Public Schools|
|Bel Air, Maryland|
|Superintendent:||Barbara P. Canavan|
|Graduation rate:||89.5 percent|
|Number of schools:||53|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Nancy Reynolds|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Harford County Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtHarford County, Maryland. Harford County is home to 249,215 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland.
Harford County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.5 percent of Harford 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 Harford County was $80,441 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Harford County was 7.5 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 Harford County Public Schools is Barbara P. Canavan, as of June 18, 2014. She has served in this position since her appointment in 2013. Canavan has worked as a teacher, assistant principal and executive director of middle school development for the district.
The Harford County Board of Education consists of nine members who serve four-year terms. All nine members of the board were appointed by the governor until a 2009 state law that changed the board's composition to six elected members and three appointed members. The first election for this hybrid board composition took place in 2011 with three seats up for election. Each elected member represents a specific geographic district.
|Harford County Board of Education|
|Joseph A. Hau||At-large||2015|
|Alysson L. Krchnavy||At-large||2015|
|James D. Thornton||At-large||2015|
|Robert "Bob" Frisch||A||2015|
|Cassandra R. Beverley||B||2015|
School board elections
Six out of nine board members are elected to four-year terms on a concurrent basis. There is a general election for all six elected seats on November 4, 2014. The next election for board seats will take place in 2018. The six elected board members will join three appointees on the board in July 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2005:
Public Attendance and Participation
b. Public participation at open meetings of the Board of Education is encouraged, welcomed, and requested under the sections of the agenda entitled "Public Participation" and "Public Comments," as well as prior to the Board of Education's discussion of any agenda item(s) for the open meeting.
b. A person attending an open session of the Board of Education of Harford County may not engage in any conduct, including visual demonstrations such as the waving of placards, signs, or banners, that disrupts the session or that interferes with the right of members of the public to attend and to observe the session.
c. Presiding Officer Authorities
2. The presiding officer may recess the session while order is restored.
Public Comment at Board Business Meeting
1. Any member of the community may request the placement of a matter on the formal agenda, provided the person files a written request with the Superintendent no later than ten days prior to the meetings of the Board of Education. The written request should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person or persons making the request; the name of the organization or group represented; and pertinent background information. If the request is appropriate for consideration by the Board, the Superintendent will assign the item to the agenda and will notify the person making the request of the time, date, and the place of the meeting.
2. Citizens wishing to speak on any agenda item or to comment on any item not on the agenda may do so by obtaining from the Director of Information and completing a "Request to Appear Before the Board" card. This must be submitted prior to the opening of the meeting. Those wishing to speak on an agenda item will be called upon by the presiding officer after the formal presentation of the topic, but prior to Board deliberation on the item. Those wishing to speak on a non-agenda item will be called upon during the public commentary section of the Board meeting.
3. Individuals or groups who wish to submit policy proposals for consideration by the Board should put these in writing to the Superintendent and the president of the Board of Education. The Superintendent will consult with the authors and make recommendations to the Board.
b. Matters of administrative procedure or comments about the actions or statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for these meetings and should be referred to the Superintendent. Efforts toward solution of any matter of concern should first be made at the individual school or at the appropriate staff level. Defamatory or abusive remarks are out of order and the presiding officer may terminate the speaker's privilege of address if, after being called to order, he or she persists.
c. The Board, the Superintendent, and staff will not, as a rule, answer questions from the public during this period other than to explain a policy already in existence.
d. Every person who wishes to speak shall be recognized by the presiding officer, called to the table, asked to state his or her name and address, and to identify any organization he or she represents. Each speaker shall be limited to no more than three minutes and five minutes for individuals representing groups unless such time is extended by the presiding officer. When there are many speakers, the presiding officer may shorten this time.
e. Members of the Board, the Superintendent, and staff members may question the speaker at the conclusion of the remarks made by the speaker with the permission of the presiding officer.
f. It is the prerogative of the Board to determine whether actions will be taken by the Board on items brought up during the meeting. The presiding officer will inform the speaker of the future intention of the Board concerning the matter being discussed.
g. Any written or printed material to be circulated to the Board of Education should, whenever possible, be submitted to the Superintendent one week prior to the meeting of the Board. It will be transmitted to the Board for review prior to the meeting. When this is not possible, fifteen (15) copies of the material should be brought to the meeting.
Public Comment at Board Public Hearings
1. Every person who wishes to speak shall complete a "Request to Appear Before the Board" card.
2. Every person who wishes to speak shall be recognized by the presiding officer, called to the table, asked to state his or her name and address, and to identify any organization he or she represents. Each speaker shall be limited to no more than three minutes and five minutes for individuals representing groups unless such time is extended by the presiding officer. When there are many speakers, the presiding officer may shorten this time.
3. Members of the Board, the Superintendent, and staff members may question the speaker at the conclusion of the remarks made by the speaker with the permission of the presiding officer.
b. Matters of administrative procedure or comments about the actions or statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for these hearings and should be referred to the Superintendent. Efforts toward solution of any matter of concern should first be made at the individual school or at the appropriate staff level. Defamatory or abusive remarks are out of order and the presiding officer may terminate the speaker's privilege of address if, after being called to order, he or she persists.
c. All public comment at a Board public hearing should address only the topic which is the subject of the hearing.
—Harford County Public Schools website, (2014) 
The table below displays the budget for Harford County Public Schools:
|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|
Teacher salaries at Harford 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. + Advanced professional certificate||46,799||64,781|
|MA + 30||45,437||72,405|
Teachers in Harford County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Harford County Education Association (HCEA). The president of the HCEA is Ryan Burbey, as of June 18, 2014.
Schools in Harford County Public Schools
The district served 37,868 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.8 percent decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Harford County Public Schools operates 53 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Harford County Public Schools|
|Aberdeen Middle School|
|Aberdeen High School|
|Abingdon Elementary School|
|Alternative Education Program|
|Bakerfield Elementary School|
|Bel Air Elementary School|
|Bel Air Middle School|
|Bel Air High School|
|C. Milton Wright High School|
|Church Creek Elementary School|
|Churchville Elementary School|
|Darlington Elementary School|
|Deerfield Elementary School|
|Dublin Elementary School|
|Edgewood Elementary School|
|Edgewood Middle School|
|Edgewood High School|
|Emmorton Elementary School|
|Fallston Middle School|
|Fallston High School|
|Forest Hill Elementary School|
|Forest Lakes Elementary School|
|Fountain Green Elementary School|
|George D. Lisby Elementary School|
|Hall's Cross Roads Elementary School|
|Harford Technical High School|
|Havre de Grace Elementary School|
|Havre de Grace Middle School|
|Havre de Grace High School|
|Hickory Elementary School|
|Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School|
|Jarretsville Elementary School|
|John Archer School|
|Joppatowne Elementary School|
|Joppatowne High School|
|Magnolia Elementary School|
|Magnolia Middle School|
|Meadowvale Elementary School|
|Norrisville Elementary School|
|North Bend Elementary School|
|North Harford Elementary School|
|North Harford Middle School|
|North Harford High School|
|Patterson Mill Middle/High School|
|Prospect Mill Elementary School|
|Red Pump Elementary School|
|Ring Factory Elementary School|
|Riverside Elementary School|
|Roye-Williams Elementary School|
|Southampton Middle School|
|William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School|
|William S. James Elementary School|
|Youth's Benefit 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:
- List of school districts in Maryland
- Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Harford County Public Schools
- Harford County Board of Elections
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Maryland Association of Boards of Education
- Harford County Education Association
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 16, 2014
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 18, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Harford 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
- Harford County Public Schools, "Board of Education of Harford County," accessed June 18, 2014
- The Baltimore Sun, "Five Harford school board members run for election; four don't," February 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Harford County Public Schools, "Public Participation at Board Open Meetings or Public Hearings," January 25, 2005
- Harford County Public Schools, "Budget Office," accessed December 3, 2013
- Harford County Public Schools, "Salary Schedule for Certificated Teachers-Effective July 1, 2013," accessed June 18, 2014
- Harford County Education Association, "Board," accessed June 18, 2014
- Harford County Public Schools, "School List 2013-2014," accessed June 18, 2014
- Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Harford County," accessed June 18, 2014