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Howard County Board of Education Takes Action on School Start and Dismissal Times

The Howard County Board of Education approved changes to school start and dismissal times during its regularly scheduled meeting on February 23. Beginning with the start of the 2018–2019 school year, no Howard County public school will begin before 8 a.m. or later than 9:25 a.m. Howard County Public School System staff will prepare a detailed plan for implementing the new schedules, including specific start and end times for elementary, middle and high schools, transportation costs and other factors for Board consideration.

Board Approved 2017-18 Academic Calendar

The 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, for students and on Thursday, August 24, 2017, for teachers.

Board of Education Approves FY2018 Operating and Capital Budget, and FY2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program Requests

The Howard County Board of Education last night approved an Operating Budget Request for the 2017–2018 school year (Fiscal Year 2018) totaling $872.4 million. The amount requested represents a net increase of $3.5 million over the Superintendent’s budget request and $64.0 million over the amount funded for the FY 2017 school year.

HCPSS Reaffirms Its Commitment to Support All Students

In the Howard County Public School System, each school works with children and families, as it always has, to preserve the privacy and rights of all students, including transgender students. HCPSS reaffirms that commitment and will not change its practices.

National Association of School Business Officials Honors Howard County Public School System with Meritorious Budget Award

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) in recognition for excellence in the preparation and issuance of its budget for the fiscal year 2016–2017.

Staff Focus: Jarrod Thompson, Manager of Print Services

Jarrod Thompson, manager of print services, joined the print shop “family” over a year ago. With his positive and proactive leadership, the print shop continues to get more efficient with more capabilities to serve HCPSS and its students.

HCPSS Staff and Students Recognized by Superintendent

Superintendent Renee A. Foose recently recognized the following student, staff and school achievements in the month of February.

Steve Ammann, 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher and Instructional Team Leader, Mount View Middle School

It’s no surprise that “positivity” is a top Strength for Steve Ammann when one of his teaching mottos is “Learn it with laughter; learn it for a lifetime.” Getting hired right out of college, he has spent his entire career as a Mount View Middle School 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher.

HCPSS Seeks Citizen Member for Policy Development/Revision Committee, Due Feb. 24

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) invites citizens to take an active role in developing and revising school system policies as members of policy development/revision committees.

All 12 Howard County Public Schools Receive Safe Sports School Award for Second Time

All 12 Howard County public high schools recently received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award for their Sports Medicine Programs. This is the second time HCPSS high schools have been awarded this honor.