2008-09 Annual Report - Harford County Public Schools


2008-09 Annual Report - Harford County Public Schools

Harford County Public Schools

Annual Report



102 S. Hickory Avenue

Bel Air, MD 21014



Published by the Harford County Public Schools in partnership with Homestead Publishing Marketing Department and

HAR-CO Maryland Federal Credit Union.


Board of Ed



Board of Education of Harford County

Mark M. Wolkow, President • Leonard D. Wheeler, Ed.D., Vice President

Ruth R. Rich • John L. Smilko • Alysson L. Krchnavy • Donald R. Osman • Thomas P. Evans

Kate E. Kidwell, Student Representative • Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D., Secretary-Treasurer & Superintendent of Schools

From the Superintendent’s Pen...

Throughout the school year,

each of our more than 5,000

employees of the Harford

County Public Schools (HCPS)

takes on the challenge of

working towards our common

goal of connecting with

our students and preparing

them for success. As your

superintendent, I will work

to accomplish our goals as

effectively and efficiently as

possible. We are all committed

Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

to inspiring each of our 39,000 students to become life-long

learners and responsible citizens.

Educators in Harford County have the opportunity to impact

the future of thousands of students every year; after all,

school-age children spend almost as much time in school or

in school-related activities as they do at home. Our faculty

and staff are involved in every aspect of a child’s academic

life. Our dedicated professionals write curricula, provide

high quality classroom instruction, serve as advisors for

extracurricular activities, mentor students, and provide

additional tutoring - indeed, HCPS personnel support

student achievement in and out of the classroom during

and beyond the school day. Everyone in HCPS shares a

common mission - working together to provide the best

education possible to all students in Harford County.


The mission of the Harford County Public Schools is

to foster a quality educational system that challenges

students to develop knowledge and skills, and to

inspire them to become life-long learners and good



Harford County is a community of learners where

educating everyone takes everyone. We empower all

students to contribute to a diverse, democratic, and

change-oriented society. Our public schools, parents,

public officials, businesses, community organizations,

and citizens actively commit to educate all students to

become caring, respectful, and responsible citizens.

In addition, HCPS employees and students continue to

work diligently to meet rigorous federal and state education

requirements, resulting in many successes over the past

year. The information in this annual report will show you

some examples of our successes, as well as our challenges.

I am committed to ensuring that every child, in each of our

53 schools, is afforded the best educational opportunities

possible. I encourage you to join all of us in the Harford

County Public Schools as we provide all students with the

knowledge and means to succeed in a diverse society.


Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Teresa D. Kranefeld, Editor

Amanda R. Warfi eld, Publication Design


Recruitment and Retention 4

Financial Information 6

Assessment Data 10

Capital Improvements 14

2008-09 Highlights 16

Hall of Fame Members 18

Contact Us...........................................23


Harford nets top new hires, retains top educators

Retaining a highly qualified workforce to educate each of

the students in the Harford County Public Schools (HCPS)

is among the most important priorities for the school

system every year. Leading up to the 2008-2009 school

year, the school system hired 197 teachers to replenish the

3,213 person teaching force and hired 154 support staff to

fill new positions and positions vacated by retirement or

natural attrition.

In order to maintain such a quality faculty and staff, HCPS had

representation at 41 various job fairs and college/university

visits in nine states. Nearly six percent of teachers hired

were minority teachers, while approximately 78 percent of

new teachers hired were female, down eight percent from

last year. Eighty-seven percent of recruits were female

at the elementary level, perpetuating the domination of

female teachers at the elementary level for HCPS. More

than 57 percent of those employed were under 27 years

of age, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, and

more than 40 percent had at least a master’s degree when

they were hired.

Recruitment efforts continue to focus in Maryland, but with

the highly competitive need for teachers who meet the

federal definition of “highly qualified” under the Federal

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, it is necessary for the

local effort to extend beyond the borders of its home state.

NCLB requires that teachers must be fully certified in the

grade level or subject area in which they teach including

having a bachelor’s degree, a valid teaching certificate and

other specific teaching level requirements.

Almost half of the newly hired teachers graduated from

non-Maryland colleges and universities. System-wide and

school initiatives continue to support new teachers in the

local schools. For the 12-month period ending September

30, 2009, 4,029 teacher applications were posted to

the HCPS online application system, School Recruiter.

According to the HCPS Human Resources Office, the online

application process has contributed to a ten percent

increase from last year in the number of applications



Retention Rate

More than

91 percent

of classes

in HCPS are

taught by

instructors deemed “highly qualified,” increasing about

five percent from the previous school year.

Joan Ryder




‘Highly qualified’ rate continues to rise

During the past year, 211 teachers, counselors and other

specialists left employment with HCPS, more than onethird

due to retirement. However, the school system

continues to improve its retention rate, increasing to 94

percent for this year.

New Teacher Education Characteristics

Fulfilling vacancies in “critical areas” of mathematics,

special education, family and consumer science, technology

education, and certain areas of science continues to be a

challenge and remains the primary focus of recruitment

for HCPS. Our school system, home to more than 38,000

students, is privileged to employ and maintain one of the

most qualified, motivated and successful teaching forces

in the country, focusing each day on connecting with

every one of its





Source: HCPS Human Resources/Communications Office

The 2009-10 HCPS Teacher of the Year finalists pose for a photo

outside of the Bayou restaurant before the HCPS Teacher of the Year

banquet in April 2009.

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HCPS Operating Statement

Financial Data Year Ended June 30, 2009


Food Capital


Services Projects

Fund Fund





Local Sources 206,978,734 - 92,470,793 299,449,527

State Sources 229,764,453 283,470 11,830,181 241,878,104

Special State and

Federal Programs

24,356,568 - - 24,356,568

Federal Sources 278,693 5,628,811 - 5,907,504

Earnings on


225,730 8,995 - 234,725

Charges for Services - 8,058,809 - 8,058,809



4,307,518 327 569,871 4,877,716

TOTAL REVENUES 465,911,696 13,980,412 104,870,845 584,762,953





11,044,007 - - 11,044,007


Administration 25,556,452 - - 25,556,452


Instructional Salaries 168,953,130 - - 168,953,130


Textbooks & Supplies

8,404,840 - - 8,404,840

Other Instructional


3,405,640 - - 3,405,640

Special Education 38,054,045 - - 38,054,045

Student Personnel


1,628,891 - - 1,628,891

Health Services 3,400,241 - - 3,400,241

Pupil Transportation


27,320,853 - - 27,320,853

Operation of Plant 29,063,042 - - 29,063,042

Maintenance of Plant

and Equipment

10,700,958 - - 10,700,958

Fixed Charges 107,605,434 - - 107,605,434

Community Services 428,816 - - 428,816

Special State and

Federal Programs

24,356,568 - - 24,356,568

Cost of Operation

- Food Services

- 14,434,841 - 14,434,841

Capital Outlay 319,546 - 111,524,256 111,843,802



460,242,463 14,434,841 111,524,256 586,201,560

Excess (deficit) of

Revenues Over


5,669,233 (454,429) (6,653,411) (1,438,607)

Other Financing Sources


Capital Lease (4,384,000) - 4,384,000 -

Operating Transfers - - - -

Net Change in Fund


1,285,233 (454,429) (2,269,411) (1,438,607)

Fund Balance -

Beginning July 2008

Decrease in Reserve for

Inventory - U.S.D.A.

Fund Balances at

June 30, 2009

19,088,983 2,456,281 8,071,754 29,617,018

- 64,365 - 64,365

20,374,216 2,066,217 5,802,343 28,242,776

Note 1: General Fund Balance of $20.4 million at June 30, 2009 is comprised of:

Amount allocated to fund FY 2010 Budget - $4.6 million

Amount allocated for health insurance & energy costs - $2.2 million

Amount allocated for unpaid bills at year end - $2.2 million

Amount held in reserve for health insurance & insurance pools - $6.7 million

Undesignated Fund Balance - available for future use - $4.6 million

SOURCE: HCPS Budget Offi ce/Communications Offi ce


FY 2010 HCPS Capital Improvement Program

Project Description











Relocatable Classrooms $0 $0 $735,000 $735,000

Bel Air High Replacement $14,600,000 $12,765,000 -$14,600,000 $12,765,000

Deerfield Elem.


$800,000 4,200,000 $0 $5,000,000

Edgewood High


$0 $35,540,528 $1,692,587 $37,233.115

Red Pump Elem. $0 $6,380,000 $1,250,000 $7,630,000

Southampton Middle

Roof Replacement

$853,000 $0 $643,250 $1,496,250

Southampton Middle HVAC $0 $0 $1,144,000 $1,144,000

Havre de Grace High

School HVAC

$0 $0 $0 $0

Bel Air Elem. Site


$0 $0 $650,000 $650,000

Campus Hills Elem. $0 $0 $0 $0

Youth’s Benefit Elem.


$0 $0 $0 $0

John Archer School at

Bel Air Middle

$0 $0 $0 $0

WP/OPR Elem.


$0 $0 $0 $0


Elem. Modernization

$0 $0 $0 $0

Joppatowne High


$0 $0 $0 $0

ADA Improvements

and Survey

$0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Athletic Fields Repair/


$0 $0 $0 $0

Backflow Prevention $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Bleacher Replacement $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Building Envelope


$0 $0 $0 $0

Career & Tech. Ed.


$0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Environmental Compliance $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Equipment & Furniture


$0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Fire Alarm & ER


$0 $0 $75,000 $75,000

Floor Covering


$0 $0 $0 $0

Locker Replacement

- Magnolia Middle

$0 $0 $110,000 $110,000

Major HVAC Repairs $0 $0 $850,000 $850,000

Music Refresh Program $0 $0 $50,000 $50,000

Outdoor Track Recond. $0 $0 $0 $0

Paving - New Parking $0 $0 $0 $0

Paving - Overlay &


$0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Playground Equipment $0 $0 $350,000 $350,000

Replacement Buses $0 $1,045,000 $0 $1,045,000

Replacement Vehicles $0 $0 $262,638 $262,638

Security Cameras $0 $0 $200,000 $200,000

Septic Pre-Treatment

Facility Code Upgrades

$0 $0 $1,325,413 $1,325,413

Special Ed. Facilities


$0 $0 $0 $0

Swimming Pool Ren. $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Storm Water Mngt. $0 $0 $50,000 $50,000

Tech. Ed. Lab Refresh $0 $0 $0 $0

Tech. Infrastructure $0 $0 $2,612,112 $2,612,112


Materials Refresh

$0 $0 $1,800,000 $1,800,000


FUND - FY 2010

$16,253,000 $59,930,528 $0 $76,183,528

NOTE 1: The state reimbursed HCPS $14,600,000 for the Bel Air HIgh School Replacement

project. This amount was reallocated to fund other capital projects.

SOURCE: HCPS Budget Office/Communications Office



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Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Information

Maryland school systems are revenue dependent upon

the state and local governments. State funding is primarily

established during the annual legislative session of the

Maryland General Assembly during January through

April of each year. State funds are administered through

the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

The superintendent submits the recommended budget

to the Board of Education during the second school

board meeting in December. The board holds public

hearings for stakeholders and work sessions during

January to consider modifying the budget prior to

submittal of the board’s proposed budget to the county

executive by January 31st. The county executive has until

April 1st to establish funding levels for the next fiscal

year. Once the board receives the funding level from the

county executive, the operating budget is modified for

submittal to the County Council in line with the projected

state and county funding levels. The County Council

receives the county budget on April 1st and holds public

hearings and work sessions during April and

May. The council may add to the

county executive’s funding

level only by reducing

the funds for other

functions of the county

government, or having

the county treasurer

revise projected revenues

upward indicating that

additional funds will be

available for the next fiscal year.

The Board of Education submits the revised proposed

budget to the County Council in mid-April and the County

Council has until May 31st to determine final funding

levels for the county allocation. The County Council

adopts the county budget by May 31st. At that point

FY 2009 Actual Revenues

the county government funding is fixed for the School

System. Once this allocation is approved, the Board of

Education will revise the budgeted expenditures to equal

the total approved revenues. The board approves the

final budget

by the end of

June, prior to

the start of

the next fiscal

year, July 1st.

The board


budget then

goes back to

the county for final approval certification, required by

state law, which often occurs in July. This completes the

budget development and approval process.

Throughout the budgetary process, expenditures

are aligned by Benefit Adjustments, FY09-10 Cost

Reductions, Cost of Doing Business Expenses, Special

Education Requests, and Operating Impact of New

Construction Projects. Proposed new expenditures are

categorized by a Board of Education goal.

Budget Calendar

Each year, a budget calendar is prepared and presented

to the senior staff and budget managers as a suggested

schedule to follow in order to produce the final budget

document. The calendar is driven by the board review,

County Government review, County Council review, and

state and local funding and reporting requirements.

JULY 2008

Final budget approval and certification by the county

and distribution of FY 2009 Budget.

Based on the closeout of the previous fiscal year

(FY 2008), identify any special needs area of critical


Budget Offi ce received the

Government Finance Offi cers

Association (GFOA) FY08

Distinguished Budget Presentation

Award for the sixth consecutive


future funding.

Budgetary discussions begin between

school principals and their respective



Initiate per pupil staffing budgets in

conjunction with the executive directors

of elementary and secondary education

along with the director of special

education so baseline cost of doing

business estimates can be prepared

for FY 2010. This is contingent upon

the availability of the September 30th

enrollment data.


• October 2 - Budget Office distributes FY 2010 budget

packages to budget managers.

• October 19 - Based on the Board of Education’s

goals, budget managers will submit baseline budget

requests and cost of doing business adjustments.

• October 26 - Program budget narratives, including

detailed program goals and objectives are due from

budget managers. In addition, new budget requests

for FY 2010 and performance measures from budget

managers are due.


• The Budget Office will assess the current year

salary and employee benefit budgets with year-end

projections. Turnover factors will be analyzed.

• The county executive advised the president of the

board and superintendent of schools of budget

constraints for FY 2010 due to economic realities.

• The superintendent will complete a final review

to meet Board of Education deadline for budget

submission. The superintendent will determine what

enhancements are to be included in the budget.

The Budget Office prepares the superintendent’s

recommended FY 2010 operating budget.


• Superintendent revises budget parameters and

adjusts budget request downward.

• December 15 - Superintendent’s recommended FY

2010 budget is presented to the Board of Education.

• Preliminary state funding estimates for FY 2010 will

be made available by Maryland State Department of

Legislative Services.


• January 6, 12, and 17 - The Board of Education, during

several budget workshops and meetings, accepts

public comment on the FY 2010 budget, reviews the

superintendent’s recommended budget.

• January 17 – Final Board

of Education Budget Work


• January 20 - Board proposed

FY 2010 budget is approved.


• February 3 - Board of

Education will present the

proposed FY 2010 budget to

the County Executive.

• The Budget Office provides

on-going support to the

county administration during

their review of the budget.

• The Budget Office will

continue on-going account

analysis to look for additional


• March 31 - Meet

with county

The HCPS Finance Offi ce

executive to

receive the received the FY 2008

proposed local GFOA Certifi cate of

funding level Excellence in Financial

for FY 2010. Reporting Award for the

APRIL 2009 fi fth consecutive year!

• April 2 - Board

budget work

session and meeting to review and approve revised

proposed FY 2010 Board of Education Operating


• April 23 - Board’s revised budget is presented to the

County Council.

MAY 2009

The Budget Office provides on-going support to the

County Council during their review of the budget.

Revised FY 2010 state funding estimates will be

provided by MSDE.

By May 31 - County Council approval of final funding

and adoption of Appropriations Bill.

JUNE 2009

Early June - Budget Office reviews and prepares funding

alternatives for the superintendent and the board.

June 22 - The Board of Education approves a balanced

budget using the approved county funding levels and

the Final FY 2010 MSDE funding levels. Complete

budget certification and provide funding levels to all

budget managers.

JULY 2009

July 14 - Receive FY 2010 budget approval certification

from the county executive. Final FY 2010 Budget

Hearing and approval certification by County Council.

FY 2009 Actual Expenditures


Harford ‘Teacher of the Year’ named state finalist

Kimberly A. Schmidt, social studies teacher at Havre de

Grace High School, was selected as one of seven finalists

in the state who competed for the 2010 Maryland

Teacher of the Year title by State Superintendent of

Schools, Nancy S. Grasmick.

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from

various Maryland educational organizations representing

principals, teachers, boards of education, teacher unions,

students, parents and higher education. Finalists were

measured against a rigorous set of national criteria that

includes teaching philosophy, community involvement,

knowledge of general education issues and suggestions

for professional and instructional improvement. Each of

the seven finalists, including Mrs. Schmidt, participated

in oral interviews with the Maryland State Department

of Education (MSDE) on September 12th.

Mrs. Schmidt is a committed educator, having been in

the field for more than 18 years, graduating from the

University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in History

Education in 1991. She began her teaching career as a

middle school social studies teacher at Old Court Middle

School in West Baltimore. In 1993, she started teaching

at Havre de Grace Middle School and in 1997, Kimberly

accepted the position of department chairperson at

Fallston Middle School where she taught eighth grade

U.S. History.

“Kim Schmidt is dedicated to enriching the lives of

every student that walks through her classroom doors

and is passionate about providing a positive learning

experience,” said HCPS Superintendent Robert M.

Tomback. “We are so proud of her accomplishment as

she represents the talent and commitment of all of our

teachers in Harford County.”

current role at Havre de Grace High School teaching

government and U.S. History where she has been since


Additionally, Mrs. Schmidt has worked on countywide

curriculum development and assessment projects,

served on the Citizen Advisory Committee and the

Mentor Teacher Network through MSDE. She has served

on the HCPS Central Instructional Leadership Team

(CILT) and the Middle School Reform Committee. She

also earned her Master’s degree from the University

of Maryland, Baltimore County, which she completed

in 1995 in Historical Studies and has started work on

her doctoral degree in Innovation and Leadership at

Wilmington College.

RIGHT - Mrs. Schmidt

was honored as a

finalist during the

state Teacher of the

Year Gala reception

and dinner at Martin’s

West on October 2,

2009. Escorted by

HCPS Superintendent

of Schools Robert M.

Tomback, Ph.D., Mrs.

Schmidt waits to walk

on stage to receive

her official certificate

at the state gala.

From 1998-2005, she served in a variety of central office

leadership positions for Harford County Public Schools

(HCPS) before moving back to the classroom in her

LEFT - Left to right, Jerrel Pounds, senior at Havre de Grace

High School, Patricia Walling, principal of Havre de Grace

High School and Kimberly Schmidt, HCPS Teacher of the Year,

pose for a photo at the Maryland State Board of Education

luncheon on May 28, 2009, honoring all the local teachers of

the year. ABOVE - Kimberly Schmidt makes her way to the

stage after she was announced as the 2009-10 HCPS Teacher

of the Year at the annual Harford Teacher of the Year banquet

at the Bayou in Havre de Grace on April 23, 2009.

10 BOE | DECEMBER 2009

Harford class of ‘09 achieves 100 percent success

Seniors earn HSA proficiency; ready to graduate

Harford County Public School

(HCPS) twelfth grade students

achieved the highest rate of

proficiency on the Maryland High

School Assessments (HSA) in four

subject areas: English, Algebra,

Government and Biology. All

seniors in the class of 2009 passed

the HSA requirements and were

prepared for graduation.







2009 HSA Results

The class of 2009 was the first

graduating class required to pass

the HSAs in all four subject areas

or to earn a composite score of

1602 scale score points in order

to receive a Maryland diploma.






High school students in Harford

County outpaced state averages

English Biology Government Algebra

in every grade level and subject area for 2009, the

highest gap being in grade 11, exceeding the state

average by more than five percent at nearly 95

percent proficiency. Out of those students who have

taken all four tests and have met the requirement,

students in grade 10 continue to achieve high

passing rates at 90.7 percent for this year with two

years left in their high school careers.



Multiple mechanisms for meeting the HSA

requirement have been put in place including

the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation and

the Combined-Score option. Students become

eligible for the Bridge Plan after failing to pass

an HSA on two attempts and having participated

in locally-administered interventions, passing the HSArelated

course, and making satisfactory progress toward

graduation. For the class of 2009, 45 students met the

HSA requirements through the Bridge Plan option.

All seniors in the class

of 2009 passed the

HSA requirements and

were prepared for


Graduation rates

Harford County Public Schools earned a graduation rate

of 86.95 percent for the Class of 2009. Harford exceeded

the Annual Measurable Objective, or AMO, of 85.5

percetn for 2009 graduation rate, achieving Adequate

Yearly Progress (AYP) as a system in that academic area.

Harford County’s drop-out rate for 2009 was 2.32

percent, which represents a decline of 0.60 percent

compared to 2008 and the lowest rate reported since

1993. Statewide, the drop-out rate reported for 2009

was 2.6 percent.

DECEMBER 2009 | BOE 11

Harford County national test scores remain steady

Harford County students scored above the state and

national averages on the Critical Reading and Mathematics

sections of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Reasoning

Test for 2009.

SAT Results

Compared to 2008, Harford County test-takers’ overall

performance improved in Critical Reading (two points),

remained steady in Mathematics, and dropped by two

points in Writing. Harford County mean scores exceed

the state in Critical Reading (507 versus 500) and in

Mathematics (521 versus 502) while dropping below the

state in Writing (488 versus 495).

The number of test-takers in Harford County decreased in

2009 with 1,350 graduates participating; approximately

26 percent of these were minority students. Compared

to the state, African-American students in Harford County

scored higher than their Maryland counterparts in both

Critical Reading and Mathematics, but averaged slightly

lower in writing.

Meanwhile, Harford County participation in Advanced

Placement (AP) assessments increased slightly from 1,230

students in 2008 to 1,253 students in 2009, at the same

time total high school enrollment in the county dropped

by approximately 240 students.

Harford County Public Schools mean scores

exceed state averages in

Critical Reading and Mathematics for 2009. ”

12 BOE | DECEMBER 2009

Harford middle school students closing achievement gap

Harford students show solid gains, continued success on MSA test

Harford County Public School students performed well

on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) tests taken

by third through eighth graders in reading and math this

past March. According to the Maryland State Department

of Education (MSDE) data for the 2009 MSAs, nearly 88

percent of elementary and 67 percent of middle schools in

Harford County made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). An

improvement in middle school performance was clearly

evident. In 2008, only three of the nine middle schools

achieved AYP, and in 2009, six out of nine middle schools

achieved AYP.

In order for a school to meet AYP, all students in the

school and each sub-group of students, as defined by the

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, must meet the annual

measurable objectives (AMOs) for reading and math. In

addition, elementary and middle schools must meet the

AMO for attendance rates and high schools must meet the

AMO for graduation rates. The student sub-groups include

students with disabilities, students who are Limited English

Proficient, students in poverty, and students categorized

by race/ethnicity. The percent required to make AYP, called

a performance target, is established by MSDE each year.

Each year, the performance target for AYP increases so that

by 2014, 100 percent of students are expected to achieve

proficiency. For 2009, nearly 75 percent of elementary

school students needed to achieve proficiency in both

reading and mathematics in order for a school to achieve

AYP. For middle schools, the performance target was 76

percent for reading and 64 percent for mathematics.

Between 2005 and 2009, the percent

of HCPS third, fourth and fifth

graders meeting or exceeding

the state reading and mathematics

performance standards remained

above the state AMO for that year

and continued to increase. By the

end of the 2009 school year, about

nine out of every 10 elementary

school students in Harford County

demonstrated proficiency in reading

and in mathematics on the MSA.

The rate of increase in student

proficiency was even higher in HCPS

middle schools. The rate of reading

proficiency increased by almost 10

percent over the past five years, and

proficiency in mathematics increased

by more than 15 percent.

Edgewood Middle School, now in

its fifth year on the state’s School

Improvement list, demonstrated improvement in

proficiency for previously failing sub-groups sufficient to

enter Safe Harbor and achieve AYP for the 2009 school


This year, of the four middle schools previously classified

as Schools in Improvement, two achieved AYP. The two

remaining schools, Havre de Grace Middle School and

North Harford Middle School, will enter Year 2 School

Improvement and will continue to focus on improving

the achievement of underperforming sub-groups. Three

elementary schools that did not achieve AYP in 2008

including Bakerfield, Joppatowne, and Riverside,

achieved AYP for

all subgroups and

for students in

the aggregate for


Entering the

Local Attention

List this year for

the first time

are Deerfield,


Magnolia and William Paca/Old Post Road

elementary schools, failing to meet AMOs in one or more

subgroup areas but in most cases achieving proficiency for

all students. Fallston Middle School remains on the Local

Attention List this year for failing to reach the AMO in

reading for a small Limited English Proficient population.

2009 MSA Results

DECEMBER 2009 | BOE 13




The new Bel Air High School building and the remodernization of Joppatowne Elementary School were both

completed at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year. The total area for the $66.3 million Bel Air High

School project is approximately 262,000 square feet and the total area for the $17.1 million Joppatowne

Elementary School project is approximately 90,000 square feet.


The Board of Education of Harford

County approved contracts for the

construction of the new Rep Pump

Elementary School at its September

29, 2009 business meeting.

Construction of the new 100,600

square-foot school facility began in

October 2009 and is budgeted for

$28.9 million. The project will include

facilities for the Department of Parks

and Recreation and is anticipated

to be completed in June of 2011.

The entrance to the school and park

complex will be off Red Pump Road

and the school’s mailing address will

be 600 Red Pump Road. The image to

the left is a rendering of how the new

elementary school will look.

14 BOE | DECEMBER 2009


The image to the left features a rendering

of the new Edgewood High School.

Construction, pictured below, for the

project began in 2008. The replacement

Edgewood High is a four story structure

that is being constructed behind the

existing school. This approximately

268,000 square foot building will have

current technology, a triple gymnasium,

auditorium, and designated space for

the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Programme. The complex provides for


a new stadium with an artificial

turf field. The new high school is

scheduled to open in the fall of

2010, and the existing high school

is scheduled to be demolished. The

site will be restored with additional

parking and practice fields with final

completion in 2011.


The image to the right features

a rendering of the new Deerfield

Elementary School. The construction

site of the new school is pictured below.

The replacement Deerfield Elementary

is a two story structure that is also being

constructed behind the existing school.

This approximately 102,000 square foot

building will have current technology,

an enlarged gymnasium, and a stage

that is between both the cafeteria and

the gymnasium.

The new school will have its own music rooms, art

room, and computer lab. The school will also feature

space that is designated as a day care for non-school

age children. The enlarged gymnasium is made possible

through a partnership with Parks and Recreation,

who have added $600,000 to this project. The new

elementary school is scheduled to open in the fall of

2010, and the existing elementary is scheduled to be

demolished. The site will be restored with additional

parking and a bus loop with final completion in 2011.

DECEMBER 2009 | BOE 15


Looking back on the 2008-09

Under the leadership of Mary Murray and Jim Pritchard,

student-groups involved with the local Maryland

Summer Center investigated a number of invasive

plants, animals, and man-made changes at the Harford

Glen Environmental Center during a two-week study in

July 2008. Students involved included, from left, top,

Reagan Harper, Thomas Ogden, William Corey, Dan

Gorski, Adam Lanphear, Andrey Privado, and Morgan

Gardner; center, Drew Vinyard, Colleen Patton, Ben

Hendricks, Cole Merryman, Jillianne Carter, Bridget

Newell, and Natalie Brosh; and, bottom, Ben Barsam,

Bram Swarr, Brett Boileau, and Joe Nichols.

Harford’s Hickory Elementary School was selected as a

2008 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department

of Education for students achieving at very high levels. The

announcement made by Education Secretary Margaret

Spellings, cited only six Maryland schools and 320 schools

nationally to receive the distinguished honor. Each year,

the U.S. Department of Education conducts a nationwide

search for ‘Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.’ In order

to facilitate that process, they first look to the state

level where State Departments of Education nominate

schools whose students demonstrated excellence in ‘No

Child Left Behind’ (NCLB) sanctioned standardized tests.

Additionally, the school must fall in the top 10 percent of

all schools in the state on test scores in both reading and

math for the past three years.

The 2009 General Assembly student pages were, from

left front, David John “D.J.” Sigworth, Nick Temple, Viona

Miller, Gerard Neely, Greg Waterworth (alternate), and

William Richardson. Elected officials in attendance

were, from left, Senators Andrew Harris and Barry

Glassman, Delegation Chair Susan McComas, Delegates

Daniel Riley, Mary-Dulany James and Donna Stifler. The

student pages spent two weeks in Annapolis – those

weeks are non-consecutive to allow them to experience

the beginning of the process, to see things all the

way through by following certain issues that interest

them, and returning later in the session to witness the


16 BOE | DECEMBER 2009


HCPS School Year

Students, faculty and staff at Edgewood Middle School

(EMS) boosted their confidence by holding an energizing

pep rally featuring Dr. Ron Kelley of Konfident Enterprises

on February 10, 2009. Dr. K, as he is known, travels the

nation giving presentations to students and teachers

on innovative ways to achieve academic success. In an

effort to pump up the student body and make students

feel motivated, excited and prepared for the Maryland

School Assessments (MSA), EMS held two pep rallies

- one for the sixth grade and one for the seventh and

eighth grades. Coordinated by EMS Principal Dr. Lawrence

Rudolph and Instructional Facilitator Ms. Patrice Brown,

this event is the first of many events being established

to bolster student self-confidence and put the test front

and center in school culture at EMS.

The Milken Family Foundation, which for two decades has sponsored one

of the nation’s premier education conferences, again joined with the 9th

Annual National Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Conference to

examine successful reforms in education. The conference also featured

the presentation of unrestricted $25,000 Milken Educator Awards (MEA)

to 70 of America’s most outstanding elementary educators at a gala

celebration including Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School Vocal Music

Teacher Christian Slattery. Mr. Slattery meshes the music curriculum with

other subjects, from creating rap songs to teach multiplication tables to

changing the lyrics of a familiar pop song to strengthen understanding

of a history unit. Pictured right, Mr. Slattery poses for a photo with Mr.

Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of Milken Educator Awards, at

the conference.

The Edgewood High School’s (EHS) Global Studies Program/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme recently

received its official authorization as an International

Baccalaureate World School. A celebration event was held

at the media center of EHS on April 22, 2009. The two-year

application process, which included a site visit, ended when

the school was granted authorization on December 11, 2008.

The celebration event for the International Baccalaureate

(IB) Programme included guest speakers, former Interim

Superintendent of Schools, Patricia Skebeck; Board of

Education Member, Mark Wolkow; Councilman Richard

Slutzky; EHS Principal, Larissa Santos; and EHS IB Coordinator,

Amy Woolf.

DECEMBER 2009 | BOE 17

HCPS Educator

class of 2008-09










Judith L. Famous

26 Years of Service


Music Teacher

Norrisville Elementary

School, North Harford

Middle School, Forest

Hill Elementary School,

Forest Lakes Elementary

School, Prospect Mill

Elementary School, Bel

Air Elementary School


Rose Bernice

Famous Amoss

43 Years of Service


Youth’s Benefit Elementary

School, former

Wilna School, Bel Air

Elementary School,

Emmorton Elementary

School, Youth’s Benefit

Elementary School


Lawrence ‘Larry”


30 Years of Service


Joppatowne Elementary

School, Riverside

Elementary School,

Edgewood Elementary

School, Deerfield

Elementary School,

Abingdon Elementary

School, Youth’s Benefit Elementary School

18 BOE | DECEMBER 2009

Hall of Fame


Florence Stansbury

36 Years of Service


Former Havre de Grace

Consolidated School,

Aberdeen Junior High

School, Aberdeen

Middle School


Leslie D. Goodwin,


35 Years of Service


Aberdeen High School,

Slate Ridge Elementary

School, Bakerfield

Elementary School,

Central Office





James C.


36 Years of



John Archer



Middle School


S. Yvonne Blevins

31 Years of Service


Aberdeen Junior High

School, Aberdeen Middle

School, Havre de Grace

Middle School, Havre

de Grace High School,

Fallston High School,

Central Office




DECEMBER 2009 | BOE 19


Richard “Dick”


33 Years of Service


Havre de Grace High

School, Havre de Grace

Middle School


Vicki C. Panos

22 Years of Service


Fallston High School


Margaret “Beckie”

Hall Cook

37 Years of Service


Old Post Road Elementary

School, Baldwin Manor

Elementary School,

Aberdeen Elementary

School, Hickory Elementary

School, Jarrettsville

Elementary School





of Fame

To honor those who have given their professional

lives building a school system which consistently

ranks in the top 25 percent in student

achievement among Maryland school districts,

Harford County Public Schools, in cooperation

with the Harford County Retired School Personnel

Association (HCRSPA), began the HCPS Educator

Hall of Fame in October 2000. The retired

educators are chosen by HCRSPA in recognition

of their outstanding contributions to the system

to be enshrined in the “Hall of Fame.” The men

and women chosen also receive a plaque noting

his/her accomplishments. Several criteria have

been established to guide the HCRSPA in its

selection process: the educator may be living or

deceased, but must be retired as an educator;

the educator should have devoted the majority

of his/her career to teaching and/or being a

school or central office administrator in the

Harford County Public Schools; the nominee

must have been an educator in the HCPS system

for at least 20 years; and, the educator does not

have to be a member of the HCRSPA. Visit our

website at www.hcps.org to read more about

our “Hall of Fame” members!

20 BOE | DECEMBER 2009

Visit www.hcps.org for up-to-date


Transportation (2008-2009):

• 33,386 students transported

• 486 buses

• 41,864 miles traveled daily

• 7,535,602 miles traveled annually

• 2,931 hours of daily driver time

• 473,509 hours of annual driver time

Student Population: 38,639 (9/30/09)

Personnel: 5,349.85

Certificated - 3,461.10

Support - 1,888.75

Food Services (2008-2009):

• 390 staff members

• 340 custodians

• 906,156 breakfasts served per year (students)

• 3,532,117 lunches served per year (students)

• $14 million per year business

• $3,471,564 in a la carte sales (includes adult purchases)

How does HCPS compare to the other 23 Maryland school systems in

terms of funding?

• FY07 Cost Per Pupil - $9,791.16 - ranked 15 out of 24


HCPS at a Glance

HCPS at a Glance

The School System:

• 32 Elementary Schools

• 9 Middle Schools

• 9 High Schools

• 1 Special

• 1 Vocational/Technical High School

• 1 Alternative Education Center

TOTAL: 53 Schools

Facilities (2009):

• 77.57 acres of parking lots

• 24.6 miles of driveway

• 944,122 sq. ft. of carpeting

• 6,080,566 sq. ft. - total building footage

• School buildings - 5,794,477 sq. ft.

• Other buildings - 211,785 sq. ft.

• Relocatables (86) - 74,304 sq. ft.

• 2,370 classrooms

• 182 buildings (including relocatables)

• 32 wells

• 121 main boilers

• 1,654 acres of land

• Property Value (as of 10/1/08)

• $909,849,000

Approx. 60% of the teaching staff has completed advanced degrees, i.e. five or

more years of college work

More than 90% of the teaching staff have achieved ‘highly qualified’ status as

defined by the No Child Left Behind Act

Approx. 90% of students have never been suspended from school

The school system has more than 600 business and community collaborating


Approx. 85% of students plan to recieve post-secondary education

DECEMBER 2009 | BOE 21

2006 - 2011 Strategic Plan

Goal #1: Every student graduates ready to succeed.

• Promote opportunities for skilled trades and advanced career choices.

• Use business partnerships to identify and respond to emerging market


• Enable students to live in and contribute to a contemporary world.

Goal #2: Every student achieves personal and academic growth.

• Find and build on every student’s motivation.

• Develop and deliver high quality instruction that elevates each


• Support the emotional, social and physical growth of every student.

Goal #3: Every student connects with great employees.

• Recruit and retain a high quality, diverse workforce.

• Direct utilization of resources responsively to meet individual student


• Encourage employee knowledge and creativity to advance learning.

Goal #4: Every student benefits from accountable adults.

• Obtain and optimize use of adequate resources.

• Improve operational and instructional efficiency and effectiveness.

• Earn credibility with education stakeholders and respect of colleagues.

• Define parent involvement; reach out to parents to explain

involvement opportunities.

Goal #5: Every student feels comfortable going to school.

Maintain safe, secure, comfortable schools that meet student needs.

Expect personal responsibility and respect in positive learning


Explore use of uniforms to promote social equality and focus on learning.

On the Cover

Top Left - Graduates stand on stage during

the annual Rainbow Graduation at the Center

for Educational Opportunity in August 2009.

Center Left - Two students at Joppatowne

Elementary School, Jonathan Ash and

Nicholas Schweitzer, pose during the

school’s ‘Wax Museum’ Social Studies event

in October 2009.

Center Right - Edgewood High School

senior, Elissa Dzambasow, poses during

the celebration event for receiving its

official authorization as an International

Baccalaureate World School in April 2009.

Lower Left - First Graders Morgan Moore,

Ly’Quel Trafton and Kaylie Upson hold up

their completed Chinese drums during

Deerfield Elementary School’s celebration of

the Chinese New Year on January 23, 2009.

Lower Right - Members of the Bel Air High

School Counterpoints perform during the

school’s Rededication Ceremony in October





22 BOE | DECEMBER 2009

Employment opportunities

Office of Certificated Personnel 410-588-5238

Office of Supporting Services


Personnel (clerical, custodial,

technical, etc.)

Substitute Teaching



General information, assistance, complaints,

material distribution

Partnerships (material distribution) 410-588-5331

Communications Office 410-588-5203

TTY 7-1-1

Website/Emergency Notification www.hcps.org

HCPS Central Office Switchboard

Local Number 410-838-7300

Toll Free 1-866-588-4963

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-422-0009

Psychological Services, Student Services

Office of Student Services 410-588-5334

Aberdeen Office 410-273-5514

Contact Us

Visit www.alertnowmessage.com

to replay your automated phone

notifi cation messages!

Bel Air Office 410-638-4143

Edgewood Office 410-612-1521

Fallston Office 410-638-4124

Havre de Grace Office 410-939-6612

Magnolia Office 410-612-1531

North Harford Office 410-638-3662

Patterson Mill Office 410-638-4215

Southampton Office 410-638-4153

Hickory Elementary (Child Find) 410-638-4386

Office of Curriculum 410-588-5298

Office of Elementary Education 410-588-5207

Office of Secondary Education 410-588-5228

Equity & Cultural Diversity Office 410-809-6064

Office of Special Education 410-588-5246

Office of Transportation 410-638-4092

Customer Action Line 410-638-0022

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