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Harford County Public Schools
Bel Air, Maryland
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District Profile
Superintendent:Barbara P. Canavan
Enrollment:37,868[1]
Graduation rate:89.5 percent[2]
Number of schools:53
Budget: $452.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Nancy Reynolds
Board members:9
Term length:4
Harford County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 37,868 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate improved from 85.7 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 89.5 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.

About the district

Harford County Public Schools is located in Harford County, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is based in Bel Air, the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. Harford County is home to 249,215 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland.

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Harford County (%) Maryland (%)
White 81.4 60.8
Black or African American 13.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.8 6.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 67,823
Democratic 62,655
Unaffiliated 29,607
Other 1,215
Libertarian 814
Green 316
Total 162,430

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.[5]

Superintendent

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.[6]

School board

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.[7]

Harford County Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Thomas Fitzpatrick At-large 2015
Joseph A. Hau At-large 2015
Arthur Kaff At-large 2015
Alysson L. Krchnavy At-large 2015
Nancy Reynolds At-large 2015
James D. Thornton At-large 2015
Robert "Bob" Frisch A 2015
Cassandra R. Beverley B 2015
Rick Grambo D 2015

School board elections

See also: Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)

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.[7]

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
a. At any open session of the Board of Education of Harford County (whether a meeting or hearing) the general public is invited to attend, observe and to participate.

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.

Disruptive Conduct
a. Members of the general public have the right to attend open sessions of public bodies. A public body may remove or cause removal of any person or persons from an open session upon a determination by the presiding officer of the public body that the person's behavior is disruptive to the session.

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
1. The presiding officer may order any person who persists in conduct prohibited by subsection A or B of this section or who violated any other regulation concerning the conduct of the open session to be removed from the session and may request police assistance to restore order.

2. The presiding officer may recess the session while order is restored.

Public Comment at Board Business Meeting
a. The order of business of any regular meeting shall include an opportunity for citizens to address the Board through utilization of the procedures outlined in subsections 1,2,3.

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
a. The order of business at a public hearing shall include an opportunity for citizens to address the Board through utilization of the procedures outlined in subsections 1,2 and 3 below.

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.

[8]

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

Budget

Harford County Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[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 $254,763,312 56.3% $47,938,135 10.6% $149,035,317 32.9% $0 0% $530,550 0.1% $452,434,493
Averages: $254,763,312 56% $47,938,135 11% $149,035,317 33% $0 0% $530,550 0% $452,434,493

Teacher salaries

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:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provisional certificate 41,583 38,242
B.A. 41,583 54,254
B.A. + Advanced professional certificate 46,799 64,781
MA 44,114 66,726
MA + 30 45,437 72,405
Ph.D. 45,937 72,905

Unions

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.[12]

Schools in Harford County Public Schools

Enrollment

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 38,610 -
2010 38,636 -
2011 38,394 -0.5
2012 38,224 -0.4
2013 37,868 -0.9

District schools

Harford County Public Schools operates 53 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

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

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 12.9 57.7 29.3
3 Reading 11.3 61.2 27.5
4 Math 8.5 36.9 54.6
4 Reading 8.2 55.9 35.9
5 Math 11.9 59.4 28.7
5 Reading 7.9 28.3 63.8
5 Science 23.5 65.8 10.7
6 Math 14.9 49.7 35.4
6 Reading 12.2 41.1 46.7
7 Math 20.5 56.1 23.4
7 Reading 9.4 35.3 55.3
8 Math 25.3 37.6 37.1
8 Reading 14.7 34.1 51.2
8 Science 17.9 74.4 7.7

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 9.3 55.1 35.6
High school Biology 11.6 69.8 18.6
High school English 13.2 56.5 30.3

Contact information

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Harford County Public Schools
102 South Hickory Ave.
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: (410) 838-7300

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