2009-10 Annual Report - Harford County Public Schools


2009-10 Annual Report - Harford County Public Schools

Harford County Public Schools

Annual Report


102 S. Hickory Avenue • Bel Air, MD 21014

410-838-7300 • 1-866-588-4963 • www.hcps.org

Published by the Harford County Public Schools in partnership with Homestead Publishing Marketing Department and HAR-CO Maryland

Federal Credit Union.


Board of Education

of Harford County

Mark M. Wolkow, Board President

Leonard D. Wheeler Ed.D.,

Board Vice President

Ruth R. Rich, Board Member

Alysson L. Krchnavy, Board Member

Donald R. Osman, Board Member

Thomas P. Evans, Board Member

Caitlin R. Dooling, Student Representative


Strategic Plan ...................................... 4

HCPS at a Glance..................................5

Contact us.............................................6

Recruitment and Retention .....................8

Assessment Data ..................................10

Financial information ...........................12

2009-2010 Year in Review .....................16

HCPS Hall of Fame ............................. 20

Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D, Secretary-

Treasurer & Superintendent of Schools


From the

Superintendent's Pen

Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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

to inspiring each of our 38,000

students to become life-long learners and responsible


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.

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

Vision: Harford County Public Schools will

be a community of learners in which our public

schools, families, public officials, businesses,

community organizations, and other citizens work

collaboratively to prepare all of our students to

succeed academically and socially in a diverse,

democratic, change-oriented, and global society.

Mission: The mission of the Harford

County Public Schools is to promote excellence

in instructional leadership and teaching and to

provide facilities and instructional materials

that support teaching and learning for the 21st

century. The Harford County Board of Education

will support this mission by fostering a climate

for deliberate change and monitoring progress

through measurable indicators.

We Believe...

• All of our decisions should be based on the best

interests of our students to prepare them for

success in the 21st century.

• We must embrace the differences among

our students and train our staff to meet their

individual needs.

• All of our students can meet high standards;

and we will hold all students to those high


• We must attract, recruit, assign, develop,

reward, and retain effective staff.

• Effective communication with internal and

external stakeholders is essential to the success

of our students.

• Input and support from our community will

improve the quality of our schools.

• Our students must attend schools that

support 21st century learning, that offer

equitable access to technology, and that are

environmentally efficient.


Harford County Board of Education


Board of Education members, along with

consideration of community input, established

four goals and thirteen focus areas.

Goal 1: To prepare every student for success in

postsecondary education and a career.

• Review and analyze available data to

ascertain graduates’ career and postsecondary

educational success.

• Provide the necessary support for

low-performing students of diverse


• Provide opportunities for students to

earn college credits prior to high school


Goal 2: To encourage and monitor engagement

between the school system and the community to

support student achievement.

• Increase engagement opportunities which

will allow Harford County families to

become active partners in the learning and

development of their children.

• Provide ongoing opportunities and

structures for two-way communication

between the school system and the


• Utilize multiple methods of communication

in order to effectively reach stakeholders

with pertinent information and provide

the opportunity to engage with the school


Goal 3: To hire and support skilled staff who are

committed to increasing student achievement.

• Increase student achievement by providing

all Harford County Public Schools’ staff

with the skills and content knowledge


• Evaluate all Harford County Public Schools

staff appropriately.

• Provide all staff with professional

development, resources, and services.

• Fill all staff vacancies in accordance with

urgency and system needs.

Goal 4: To provide safe, secure, and healthy

learning environments that are conducive to

effective teaching and learning.

• Provide functional and efficient school

buildings and support facilities.

• Promote programs that support student


• Provide safe and secure learning




The School System:

32 Elementary Schools

9 High Schools

9 Middle Schools

1 Special School

1 Vocational/Technical High School

1 Alternative Education Center


Transportation (2010)

• 34,236 students transported

• 495 buses

• 39,934 miles traveled daily

• 6,682,399 miles traveled annually

• 2,765.9 hours of driver time daily

• 471,539 hours of driver time annually

Food Service

• 400 staff members

• 956,592 breakfasts served

• 3,586,382 lunches served

• $14.5 million for the year in sales

• $3,376,769 in a-la-carte sales

• August 2009 District of Excellence

Recognition – to extend to August 2012


• Approximately 79% of students have never

been involved in violations of school or

system-wide rules.

• Approximately 94% of students have never

been suspended from school.

Facilities (2010)

• 84.77 acres of parking lots

• 25.2 miles of driveway

• 4,076,240 sq. ft in built-up/shingle roofing

• 550,017 sq. ft in metal roofing

• 968,584 sq. ft. of carpeting

• 6,209,636 sq. ft. total building footage

• 5,914,631 sq. ft. school buildings

• 225,021 sq. ft other buildings

• (81) 69,984 sq. ft. relocatables

• 2,406 classrooms

• 186 buildings (including relocatables)

• 33 wells

• 115 main boilers

• 1,654 acres of land

• 329 custodians

Property Value (as of 10/1/10) $909,906,000

This information was updated with the following projects:

Bel Air High School athletic field buildings

Edgewood High School/athletic field buildings

Deerfield Elementary School/storage building

Ring Factory Elementary shingle roof to metal roof



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


Fraud Hotline 410-809-6056

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

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 School



Office of Secondary Performance 410-588-5228

Office of Community Engagement &

Cultural Proficiency


Office of Special Education 410-588-5246

Office of Transportation 410-638-4092

Customer Action Line 410-638-0022

Use of School Facilities - Principal

Volunteer Work

The school concerned

Your local school

On the cover

Top left: Lisa Mullen, 2010 Teacher of the Year

Top center: Thomas Dennison, Kindergarten Teacher at

Havre de Grace Elementary School

Top right: Rachel Coutts,Language Arts Teacher at Havre de

Grace Middle School

Bottom left: The students of William Paca/Old Post Road

Elementary School who participated in the Pinwheels

for Peace project. This project occurs yearly on the

International Day of Peace ("Peace Day").

Bottom center: The 2010 Harford County Environmental

Scholarship Recipients:Ryan Dowdy, Aberdeen High School;

Rachel Kierzewski, Bel Air High School; Brittany Dooling,

C. Milton Wright High School; Caitlyn Shires, Edgewood

High School; Katherine Stump, Havre de Grace High School;

Ashwyn Massey, Joppatowne High School; Megan Angelini,

Patterson Mill High School; and

Ronald Troutman, North Harford High School

Bottom right: Students from Mrs. Malek's Language

Arts classes who wrote persuasive essays to support the

physical education department at Patterson Mill Middle

School and to reach the school’s fundraising goal of

$15,000.00 for Hoops for Heart.


have you ever

missed a phone

call from HCPS?



You can listen to the

messages online, simply

by entering your phone



Visit www.alertnowmessage.com to

replay your automated phone notification

messages or visit www.hcps.org.



The importance of recruiting and retaining

a highly qualified and diverse workforce

is illustrated in Harford County Board of

Education’s Strategic Plan: Goal #3 To hire

and support skilled staff who are committed to

increasing student achievement. During the last

12 months ending June 1, 2010, Harford County

Public Schools (HCPS) hired approximately 428


Teacher Education Characteristics

Bachelor's Master's Master's+30 or Doctorate


highest in the metropolitan area. The primary

reason for HCPS teachers leaving is retirement.

The percentage of teachers who retired last school

year (2009-2010) is about 38%.

The number of highly qualified teachers, as

defined in the No Child Left Behind Act,

reached an all time high of 94.9% overall and

100% in Title 1 schools. This high percentage is

attributed to the collaborative efforts between

our Recruitment and Staff and Certification


As HCPS continues into the 21st century, we look

forward to the school years to come and know the

need for a diverse and highly qualified workforce

will be a priority.



HCPS Teacher of the Year Finalists

As the HCPS community continues to grow, the

need for qualified individuals increases. In order

to create a diverse work force in the school system,

a comprehensive recruitment and marketing plan

is important. During the first half of 2009, HCPS

representatives attended 32 teacher job fairs in

eight states. Attendance at college fairs is targeted

to include college/universities with teacher

education programs in critical shortage areas.

System-wide and school-based initiatives continue

to support new teachers in HCPS. At 94%, our

teacher retention rate continues to be among the

Number and percentage in each age








Average Age of Teacher Population


20‐26 27‐36‐ 37‐46 47‐54 55+


Number of Teachers

% of Teachers

(from left to right) Brian Folus, Jacquline Smith, Rachel Coutts,

Susan Harvan, Brooke Fisher, Sandra McMichael, Lisa Mullen

(TOY) Thomas Dennison, Melissa Surgeon, and Jeffrey Winfield

2010 Teacher of the Year finalists

pose for a photo outside of the

Bayou Restaurant, in Havre de

Grace, before the HCPS Teacher of

the Year banquet in April 2010.


Lisa C. Mullen, language

arts teacher at North

Harford Middle School,

was named the 2010-11

Harford County Public

School (HCPS) Teacher of

the Year.

Today, she is a dedicated

teacher, having been in

the field for more than 22

years, serving in Harford County for 18 of those

years, using creative tactics to ensure that each

student is able to learn.

Ms. Mullen earned her master’s

(4.0 GPA) in Leadership in

Teaching from the College of

Notre Dame where her thesis

was accepted with honor, and

she received the Academic

Achievement Award for

Leadership in Teaching. She

graduated cum laude from

the University of Pittsburgh

with a Bachelor of Science

in Elementary Education

and received the School of

Education’s Student Leadership

Award. In addition, she has 30

credits beyond her master’s.

From 1988-1992, she taught

outside of Harford County before moving to

HCPS in her current role at North Harford

Middle School teaching language arts where she

has been since 1992. Throughout her career with

HCPS, she has written curriculum for the English

“Ms. Mullen helps all of her

students understand what

she is teaching,” said North

Harford High School ninth

grader, Morgan Wirtz, who

nominated her for the award.

“She has new and creative

teaching styles that show

how fun learning can be.”


Office, presented professional development

programs and performed as a mentor for student

teachers. She also served as a Team Leader, Team

Recorder and as a School Improvement and

School-Based Instructional Decision-Making

Team member.

“Ms. Mullen integrates her daily lessons

with enthusiasm, real-world applications and

cooperative group work,” said Mrs. Susan

Brown, HCPS coordinator of intervention.

“Through her Student of the Month and

Student of the Quarter incentive programs, she

encourages all students to not

only strive for their best, but to

develop into responsible young


As the Harford County Teacher

of the Year, Ms. Mullen received

free use of a new car for a year

courtesy of Jones Junction, a

Dell laptop computer, a watch

from Saxon’s Diamond Centers,

an engraved globe and plaque; in

addition, she was awarded many

dinner and bank gift certificates,

local merchant gift cards and

$1,200 from HAR-CO Credit

Union provided to all 10 finalists.

Ms. Mullen also competed for

the title of Maryland Teacher of

the Year to represent teachers across the state as

an education spokesperson.

Read Ms. Mullen’s Teacher of the Year blog at


10 BOE | DECEMBER 2010


SAT & AP Exams

Harford County students scored above the state

and national averages on the Critical Reading and

Mathematics sections of the SAT Reasoning Test,

according to data released by the College Board.

Compared to 2009, Harford County test-takers’

overall performance held steady in Critical

Reading (507), increased two

points in Mathematics, and

dropped by five points in Writing.

Harford County mean scale

scores exceed the state in Critical

Reading (507 versus 501) and in

Mathematics (523 versus 506)

while remaining below the state

in Writing (483 versus 495). The

mean SAT Composite earned by

Harford County students in 2010

was 1513 compared to the state’s average of 1502.

The graduation rate

among HCPS students was

88.3 percent for the class

of 2010, an increase of

1.65 percent compared to

2009, outpacing the state

average of 86.6 percent,

according to recent data.

The number of test-takers in Harford County

also increased in 2010 with 1,440 graduates

participating, an increase of 90 students from the

previous year.

“We are pleased with the progress made with

regard to student participation on the SAT and

AP exams,” said Superintendent Robert M.

Tomback. “Harford County scores continue to

outpace the state and the nation, however, we will

strive to increase rigor based on the needs of our

students and set expectations even higher for all

instructional areas, specifically the core subject


Harford County participation in Advanced

Placement (AP) assessments saw a 14 percent

increase from 1,255 students in 2009 to 1,427

students in 2010; while at the same time total high

school enrollment in the county remained steady.

As a part of school improvement efforts, schools

are accelerating opportunities for students to

ensure greater participation in AP

courses, as well as increased scores

in every tested area of the SAT. In

particular, the school system will

continue to focus on supporting students

in mastering coursework, as well as

increasing achievement on these rigorous


Graduation & HSA

The graduation rate among HCPS

students was 88.3 percent for the class of 2010,

an increase of 1.65 percent compared to 2009,

outpacing the state average of 86.6 percent,

according to recent data. The 2010 graduation rate

increase represents the second highest graduation

rate ever achieved for the county and the third

consecutive year of improvement in that area.

In order for students to graduate from HCPS,

all need to pass each of the four High School

Assessment (HSAs).

They need to achieve

a combined score

of 1,602 on all four

tests, participate in a

Bridge Plan project

or receive a waiver.

Countywide, 95.7

percent of students met the requirements of the

test and exceeded the statewide average by 10.7

percent. For the second year in a row, no HCPS

student failed to graduate because of the HSA


Individual high school scores, system-level and

state Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data are

available on the Maryland State Department of

Education's report card website


DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 11


Harford County

Public School



to perform

well on the

Maryland School


(MSA) taken by

third through

eighth graders in reading and math, despite

the increasingly rigorous targets. According to

the Maryland State Department of Education

(MSDE) data regarding the 2010 MSAs, nearly

75 percent of all Harford elementary and middle

schools combined made Adequate Yearly Progress

(AYP). In addition, previously underperforming

sub-groups are making great strides, and in many

cases narrowing the achievement gap. Student

proficiency rates in both reading and math remain


Moving toward the 2014 goal of 100 percent

proficiency, the performance target established by

MSDE is increasing rapidly each year. Harford

County schools are making progress toward this

goal. In 2010, among the 32 elementary schools,

reading proficiency rates for the total population

rose to more than 90 percent in 20 schools,

and mathematics proficiency rates for the total

population exceeded 90 percent in 21 schools.

Of the nine middle schools, reading proficiency

remained stable with five schools reaching 90


“Our teachers are focused on continuing

to increase student achievement across the

board, and we will remain working tirelessly

toward the goal of 100 percent proficiency,”

said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert M.


Edgewood Middle School (EMS) was among the

schools with the most impressive improvement.

For the second consecutive year, EMS met AYP in

every sub-group area exiting them from the School

Improvement List. This year, of the middle

schools on the 2009 Schools in Improvement

List, in addition to Edgewood Middle, Fallston

and North Harford middle schools also achieved

AYP. Fallston Middle exited the list this year;

however, North Harford will need to make AYP

again in 2011 in order to be removed from the list.

Reaching more than 93 percent in reading and 85

percent in math, Southampton Middle continues

to meet and exceed the Annual Measurable

Objectives (AMO), achieving AYP again this year

for the eighth consecutive year. While realizing

significant gains but failing to meet the AMO, the

remaining middle schools will focus on improving

the achievement of all sub-groups.

At the

elementary level,

“I’m particularly proud of

nearly 85 percent the strides we have made in

of schools made narrowing the achievement

AYP. Edgewood gap for students, especially

Elementary, a

our special education and

school where

students in low socio-economic students.

poverty comprise Our students should be

65 percent of commended for responding to

the population,

and, in many cases, exceeding

realized the

most significant the high expectations set for



in reading

Dr. Robert M. Tomback

proficiency with

an increase of

more than 11 percent from the previous year.

Each of the five elementary schools that failed to

achieve AYP realized improvement in many subgroup

areas. However, William Paca/Old Post

Road Elementary achieved a 10.7 percent increase

in math proficiency by the African-American

sub-group. Bakerfield Elementary also realized

a 10 percent increase in the students of poverty

sub-group area in reading. Achieving 100 percent

proficiency in two sub-group areas in reading and

two in math.

For more information regarding Harford County

and State MSA and AYP data, visit the Maryland

Report Card website at www.MDReportCard.org.

12 BOE | DECEMBER 2010


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


Federal Sources



Special State &

Federal Programs






FY 2010 Actual Revenues

Earnings on




Charges for Services







Local Sources



The superintendent submits the recommended

budget to the Board of Education during the

second school

The HCPS Finance

Office received the

FY 10 GFOA Certificate

of Excellence in

Financial Reporting

Award for the sixth

consecutive year!

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

Special State &

Federal Programs







Fixed Charges



Cost of Operations -

Food Services



Maintenance of Plant

& Equipment

$11,013,736 Operation of Plant




FY 2010 Actual Expenditures

Capital Outlay &




Pupil Transportation




Health Services







Student Personnel




Mid Level





Instructional Salaries




Textbooks &

Supplies $7,757,879

Special Education 1.4%



Other Instructional




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

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 approved 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


Throughout the budgetary process, expenditures

are aligned by Benefit Adjustments, FY 09-10

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.

DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 13

FISCAL YEAR Budget Calendar


Budget requests and narratives from budget managers due.

Initiate per pupil staffing budgets and baseline cost of doing business

estimates prepared; September 30th enrollment data is used.



The County Executive advises the president of the Board and

Superintendent of Schools of budget constraints for the year and any

due to economic realities.

After review by the Superintendent, the Budget Office prepares the

Superintendent's recommended FY operating budget.

Superintendent's recommended FY budget is presented to the Board of


Preliminary state funding estimates for FY will be made available by

Maryland State Department of Legislative Services.


The Board of Education accepts public comment on the

budget and reviews the Superintendent's recommended


Board proposed budget is approved.


Board of Education presents proposed budget to the County Executive.

Meet with County Executive to receive the proposed local funding level.


Board revised budget is presented to the County Council.


County Council approval of final funding and adoption of

Appropriations Bill.


Budget Office reviews and prepares funding alternatives for the

Superintendent and the Board.

The Board of Education approves a balanced budget.


Receive FY budget approval certification from the County Executive.

Final budget hearing and approval certification by County Council.

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.

14 BOE | DECEMBER 2010








Sources* *





Bel Air HS Replacement (1) $11,450,000 $0 -$11,450,000 $0

Relocatable Classrooms $0 $0 $300,000 $300,000

Deerfield ES Replacement $2,384,534 $5,795,000 $0 $8,179,534

Edgewood HS Replacement $0 $7,000,000 $0 $7,000,000

Red Pump Elementary School (2) $0 $8,070,000 $507,400 $8,577,400

Ring Factory ES Roof Replacement $0 $0 $632,600 $632,600

Bel Air Elementary Chiller Replacement $0 $0 $360,000 $360,000

Dublin Elementary Boiler Replacement $0 $0 $250,000 $250,000

Campus Hills Elementary School $0 $0 $0 $0

Youth's Benefit ES Replacement $0 $0 $0 $0

Homestead / Wakefield ES Project $0 $0 $0 $0

John Archer School at Bel Air MS $0 $0 $0 $0

WP/OPR ES Replacement $0 $0 $0 $0

ADA Improvements and Survey $0 $0 $0 $0

Athletic Fields Repair & Restoration $0 $0 $70,000 $70,000

Backflow Prevention $0 $0 $0 $0

Bleacher Replacement (4) $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Building Envelope Improvements $0 $0 $200,000 $200,000

Career & Technology Education Equipment $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Energy Conservation Measures $0 $0 $250,000 $250,000

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

Equipment & Furniture Replacement $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Fire Alarm & ER Communications $0 $0 $75,000 $75,000

Floor Covering Replacement $0 $0 $0 $0

Locker Replacement $0 $0 $0 $0

Major HVAC Repairs $0 $0 $450,000 $450,000

Milestone Project $0 $0 $0 $0

Music Equipment Refresh $0 $0 $50,000 $50,000

Music Technology Labs (5) $0 $0 $65,000 $65,000

Outdoor Track Reconditioning $0 $0 $25,000 $25,000

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

Paving - Overlay and Maintenance (6) $0 $0 $1,000,000 $1,000,000

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

Replacement Buses (7) $0 $0 $490,000 $490,000

Replacement Vehicles $0 $0 $945,000 $945,000

Security Cameras $0 $0 $225,000 $225,000

Septic Facility Code Upgrades $0 $0 $2,000,000 $2,000,000

Special Education Facility Improvements $0 $0 $0 $0

Swimming Pool Renovations $0 $0 $100,000 $100,000

Storm Water Management $0 $0 $75,000 $75,000

Technology Education Lab Refresh $0 $0 $250,000 $250,000

Technology Infrastructure $0 $0 $2,080,000 $2,080,000

Textbook/Supplemental Refresh $0 $0 $300,000 $300,000

Total $13,834,534 $20,865,000 $0 $34,699,534

DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 15

HCPS Operating Statement



Data -







June 30,



1, 2010

Food Capital Total

General Services Projects Governmental

Fund Fund Fund Funds


Intergovernmental Revenues

Local sources $ 214,061,789

$ 20,865,000 $ 234,926,789

State sources 199,663,261 318,240 13,834,534 $ 213,816,035

Special state and federal programs 34,521,098 - $ 34,521,098

Federal sources 650,000 5,998,409 - $ 6,648,409

Earnings on investments 150,000 25,000 - $ 175,000

Charges for services 2,570,958 - $ 2,570,958

Student Payments 8,459,585 - $ 8,459,585

Miscellaneous revenues 5,633,714 - $ 5,633,714

Total revenues 457,250,820 14,801,234 34,699,534 $ 506,751,588


Administrative services 11,334,110 - $ 11,334,110

Mid level administrative services 25,760,132 - $ 25,760,132

Instructional salaries 167,034,492 - $ 167,034,492

Instructional textbooks and supplies 7,969,580 - $ 7,969,580

Other instructional costs 3,347,357 - $ 3,347,357

Special education 38,960,597 - $ 38,960,597

Student personnel services 1,654,612 - $ 1,654,612

Health services 3,334,606 - $ 3,334,606

Pupil transportation services 29,291,690 - $ 29,291,690

Operation of plant 31,545,767 - $ 31,545,767

Maintenance of plant and equipment 11,697,674 - $ 11,697,674

Fixed charges 89,715,918 - - $ 89,715,918

Community services 520,473 - $ 520,473

Special state and federal programs 34,722,098 - $ 34,722,098

Capital projects - - 34,699,534 $ 34,699,534

Costs of operation - food services - - $ -

Capital outlay 361,714 14,801,234 - $ 15,162,948

Total expenditures 457,250,820 14,801,234 34,699,534 $ 506,751,588

Source: HCPS Budget Office/Communications Office

16 BOE | DECEMBER 2010

2009-2010 A School year in review...

Alex Griffith of North Harford

provides playgroud to

Russian Hospital

As part of a Boy

Scout project,

Alex Griffith, of

North Harford

High School, donated hundreds of hours and

raised tens of thousands of dollars to build a

new playground for the L.S. Berzon City Clinical

Hospital No. 20 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Alex devoted 2 ½ years to his

Krasnoyarsk Playground Project.

In addition to recruiting more

than 500 volunteers in five

countries, he raised more than

$60,000 by soliciting help from

local Rotary Clubs and joining

forces with other Boy Scouts

for candy sales, car washes and

barbeque fundraisers. Alex oversaw every aspect

of production of the playground, from designing

and purchasing the playground to shipping

equipment overseas. In August 2009, Alex and a

small group of volunteers traveled to the hospital

to set up the playground and held a dedication

ceremony. The project was a huge success!

Edgewood administrator

second on Amazon's Hot New

Book Releases

Sherry Bosley,

assistant principal

at Edgewood

High School,

wrote a book

titled Toepicks, Cadaver Dogs, and Sports with No

Balls. The book was published August 23, 2009,

and was an instant hit! During the weekend of

September 19, the book rose to number two on

Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Books list and

included positive customer reviews.

In her book, Sherry takes a

unique look at parenting and

the world of ice dancing. With

a daughter actively involved in

skating, a son who is not, and

a husband who doubts the

reality of sports with no balls,

her life often spins out of

control and she takes readers

along for the wild ride. It’s a

hilarious read that’s sure to be enjoyed!

On September

30, Joppatowne

Elementary School

Joppatowne Elementary

School in the Spotlight

was in the spotlight on Good Morning Maryland

@ 9 on ABC! Meteorologist Justin Berk and his

camera crew traveled to Joppatowne Elementary

to give Ms. Evans' 5th grade class a front-row

seat as he explained the ABC's of weather.

The students

participated in

live weather


throughout the

hour, and in

between the onair

shots, Justin shared activities with the students

and answered questions.

Bel Air High School &

Joppatowne Elementary


The official


ceremony for

the new Bel

Air High School (BAHS) was conducted on

Sunday, October 11th, with a formal program

held in the recently completed auditorium and

the cornerstone laying taking place immediately

following at the front entrance of the school.

The new 262,424 square foot building opened in

time for the first day of the 2009-10 school year,

replacing the former 1949 building, which is

currently being demolished to make room for new

athletic fields.

Another dedication

ceremony was held

for the renovated

and modernized


Elementary School

(JOES) in October, with a

formal program held in the recently completed

gymnasium and the cornerstone laying taking

place immediately following at the front entrance

of the school. Renovations to the ‘new’ building

were completed in fall of 2009, increasing the

building footprint to nearly 90,000 square feet and

increasing enrollment capacity to 653.

DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 17

Harford County

Public Schools


Robert M.

C.Milton & Fallston High

honored for Top 1500 Award

Tomback, Ph.D. and Board of Education Member

Leonard D. Wheeler, Ed.D. visited both C. Milton

Wright High School and Fallston High School

during faculty meetings in October to recognize

the schools for having achieved Newsweek’s Top

1500 Public Schools list for 2009.

The Newsweek

list, known as

the “Challenge



schools that offer a rigorous instructional program

based on high numbers of students taking either

Advanced Placement (AP) or International

Baccalaureate (IB) tests.

The legendary pioneer of Harford County school

desegregation passes away at the age of 95

Dr. Percy Vandella Williams was a true giant in

the field of public education,

not only in Harford County,

but also in the state and nation.

Dr. Williams spent an entire

lifetime proving that education

is the key to equality for all. Dr.

Williams, a long-time Havre de

Grace resident, passed away in

November. A teacher, supervisor,

principal, and state assistant superintendent

of schools, Dr. Williams also spent ten years

as a member and two years as president of the

Harford County Board of Education. He was also

president of the Maryland Association of Boards

of Education for one year.

Comptroller visits Deerfield


In March, Comptroller of

Maryland Peter Franchot visited

Deerfield Elementary School to

see first-hand the improvements that

were underway at the school. The school broke

ground on the renovations June 3, 2008, and

the new building opened in October 2010. The

$19,251,117 project will increase the size of the

facility from 57,529 square feet to 103,052 square

feet and will make the state rated capacity 793.

Harford County

Public Schools HCPS Hosts Futures11 Event


with the Harford County Office of Economic

Development, Harford Community College and

Aberdeen Proving Ground to host a Futures11

networking and career event at Harford Tech/

Harford Community College in March.

Futures11 was a resource for

high school juniors representing

the high schools throughout

our district, more than 400

students attending the event

and participating in a series of

informative workshops touching on topics

relevant to high school juniors. In addition,

students networked with more than 25 business

and education representatives setup on site.

Futures11 was not a traditional job fair, but

more of a lightning rod for students to begin

considering in earnest their post secondary school

career options.

John Archer Students go on

a field trip

One of the goals

for John Archer School students is to have them

recognized as part of their community and to have

the community provide them with reasonable

accommodations to fully participate and

engage in community


One step towards

reaching this goal was

to implement a schoolwide

field trip. In May, the students of

John Archer visited Regal Cinemas in Bel Air

to watch the Disney movie Oceans. This film

met the educational and sensory needs of the

students, and Disney provided the school with

formal lesson plans that could be connected to

the curriculum and taught as follow-up lessons to

the field trip experience. This was the first schoolwide

field trip for the John Archer students and

staff. The school was supported on the trip by

many parents, and great fun was had by all.

Want more stories like these?

Visit www.hcps.org for more information on these and other news

making events from the 2009-2010 school year.

18 BOE | DECEMBER 2010


NOW OPEN Edgewood High School

Construction for the project began in 2008. The replacement Edgewood

High is a four story structure was being constructed behind the existing

school. This approximately 268,000 square foot building has updated

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

opened in the fall of this year 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.

NOW OPEN Deerfield Elementary School

This approximately 102,000 square foot building has current

technology, an enlarged gymnasium, and a stage that is between

both the cafeteria and the gymnasium, music rooms, art room,

and computer lab. The school features 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

previous elementary is scheduled to be demolished. The site will

be restored with additional parking and a bus loop with final completion in 2011.


Red Pump Elementary School

The Board

of Education

of Harford




for the


of the

new Rep

Pump Elementary School at it's September

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 above is a rendering of how the new

elementary school will look.

DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 19

School Profiles

Have you ever wonder how to find out the

latest information on a Harford County

Public school?

Our “School Profiles” link includes a profile for

each of our schools. Information that can be


• A letter from the principal

• Directions

• Attendance areas

• Bus routes

• A link to school's official website

• School testing data and demographics

Visit www.hcps.org to find a school profile.

Stay in the...


Stay connected to the

Board of Education


A summary of action items and

presentations are posted after

every meeting on www.hcps.org.

Click on the "In the Loop" link on

the home page of our website.

20 BOE | DECEMBER 2010



Ms. Beretta Goodwin had a

passion for making a difference

in the lives of teachers and

children, and had the rare

ability of doing just that as an

administrator and principal for

Harford County Public Schools for more than 20

years. In those 20 years, Ms. Goodwin served

as an elementary supervisor at Havre de Grace

and Meadowvale elementary schools and many

other schools in the area. Ms. Goodwin went on

to become Principal at Riverside Elementary until

her retirement in 1997.


Dr. Sandra Wallis served as an

outstanding reading specialist and

educator for 28 years. Dr. Wallis

began her career with HCPS as

part of the teaching core at Bel

Air Junior High School (now

Southampton Middle School).

Dr. Wallis then went on to became a reading

specialist, teaching sixth through eighth graders

who had difficulty reading. In 1989, Dr. Wallis

was promoted to Supervisor of English/Language

Arts and Reading. During her tenure, Dr. Wallis

was awarded Outstanding Reading Teacher of

the Year for Maryland by the State of Maryland

Reading Council. Dr. Wallis retired in 1998.


Mrs. Audrey Solomon’s

commitment to every aspect of

school, her quiet enthusiasm

and her inherent interpersonal

skills earned her both respect

and admiration from the

staff and students for 38

years. Mrs. Solomon taught at Deerfield and

Homestead Wakefield elementary schools and

later became an Assistant Principal at Youth’s

Benefit Elementary. Nine years later, she went

on to transfer to Deerfield Elementary and lead

the new technology committee and the school

improvement teams. Following six years at

Deerfield Elementary, Mrs. Solomon finished her

career at Prospect Mill Elementary School.


Mrs. Pauline Frantz motivated

students throughout her 21 year

teaching career. She taught social

studies and spent her entire career

at Magnolia Middle School. As

a social studies teacher, she was

active in curriculum writing, the social studies

steering committee, mentoring student teachers

and leading staff development sessions. Mrs.

Frantz also held the position of department chair

for 18 years. She severed on several committees

during her tenure with HCPS, including a

committee to determine the scope and sequence

of social studies in grades five

through nine. Mrs. Frantz retired

in 2005.


Mrs. Sara Margaret Hodge taught

students to appreciate music for

DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 21

more than 38 years. She began teaching music

at Churchville Elementary School in 1962. Mrs.

Hodge spent the next 39 years and the remainder

of her career there, becoming famous with the

school community for her spectacular winter and

spring concerts. During her career, Mrs. Hodge

helped write one of the first elementary school

music curriculums for the county – an undertaking

that took 14 years to complete! In 1982, Mrs.

Hodge was awarded Maryland

Music Educator of the Year.

Mrs. Hodge retired in 2001

after 45 total years of teaching.


Mrs. Cathy Price taught with

compassion for 39 years. Mrs.

Price began teaching at Aberdeen Junior High.

She taught seventh grade social studies, serving as

the department chair and team leader for several

years. In 1991, Mrs. Price became principal of

Aberdeen Middle School and after 32 years at

Aberdeen Middle, she moved from the classroom

to the HCPS Central Office. Although retired,

Mrs. Price is still very active in the school system

and the community. She worked part-time as the

coordinator of equity and cultural proficiency for

HCPS and serves as the vice chair of the Harford

County Human Relations

Commission. Mrs. Price retired

in 2010.


Mrs. Gladys Pace motivated

students to achieve goals for

36 years. Mrs. Pace began

teaching at Hall’s Cross Roads

Elementary School in 1969. She later transferred

to Aberdeen Middle School. Mrs. Pace taught

for 21 years before moving to administrative

positions. In 1990, Mrs. Pace was promoted to

assistant principal of Aberdeen Middle School

and in 1995; she was promoted to principal

of Aberdeen Middle School. In addition to

spearheading several after-school and weekend

programs, Mrs. Pace served on many committees

promoting diversity. She was also the recipient

of several awards throughout her career. Mrs.

Pace retired in 2006 after 36 years in the Harford

County Public School system.


Mrs. Ann Ramsay motivated

students to achieve their

goals. Mrs. Ramsay

began her teaching career

with HCPS at Bakerfield

Elementary School. After teaching for four

years at Bakerfield, she became a part-time

assistant principal. Later on, Mrs. Ramsay

moved to Edgewood Elementary School as an

assistant principal, and two years later, moved

to Norrisville Elementary School as the new

principal. In 1979 Mrs. Ramsay then transferred

to Homestead/Wakefield Elementary School

as an assistant principal. Before retirement,

Mrs. Ramsay’s last position, was principal of

Darlington Elementary. During her career, she

was a member of several committees and in 1989,

after 25 dedicated years of service retired as a

teacher and administrator.


Mr. Frank Tull motivated students

to achieve their goals for 31

years. He taught at William

Paca/Old Post Road Elementary

School, and transferred to

Edgewood Middle School. After

earning his master’s in Administration, Mr. Tull

became assistant principal at Edgewood Middle

School. In 1989 Mr. Tull served as principal of

Havre de Grace Elementary School. He stayed at

Havre de Grace until 1997 when he moved back to

William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School

as principal. Mr. Tull remained in this position

until he passed away in 2006 after 31 years of

dedicated service.

The Hall of Fame honors 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!

22 BOE | DECEMBER 2010


For the latest information on the HCPS redistricting process:

Go to www.hcps.org

Click on the blue box “Elementary Redistricting” on the left. Information found on the website includes:

• Redistricting program profile

• DRAFT of redistricting plan

Harford County government growth profile

• School Locator

• Frequently asked questions

Important updates will be sent regularly via email as well to all HCPS parents.

To sign up for HCPS email alerts see our homepage.

Feedback and questions should be directed to: ElementaryRedistricting@hcps.org

Harford County Public Schools

www.hcps.org 410-838-7300

DECEMBER 2010 | BOE 23

Get Ready for Inclement Weather!

How to get notied about school closings and delays:

AlertNow (phone)

Announcements will go out at 5:45 a.m. and are normally complete by 6:05 a.m.


Announcements are sent to parents via email through the email address(es)

you have on le with your school(s). To update this address, contact your

school. Announcements will go out by 5:15 a.m.

Television Television stations announcing school closures and delays: (Please remember we

are at the mercy of the stations as to when it is posted and how accurate it is.)

WMAR (Channel 2); WBAL (Channel 11); WJZ (Channel 13); WBFF (Channel 45)

Radio (AM/FM) AM radio stations: WAMD (970); WBAL (1090); WCBM (680); WSBA (910)

FM radio stations: WLIF (101.9); WPOC (93.1); WQSR (102.7); WWMX (106.5);

WXYV (105.7); WERQ (92.3); WARM (103); WXCY (103.7); WDAC (94.5)

HCPS Website www.hcps.org (Replaces banner of photos at top of page).

The website should be updated by 5:15 a.m. and as

needed when messages change.

Voicemail Switchboard: (410) 838-7300 or 1-(866) 588-4963

AlertNow Mailbox: (410) 809-6340

These mailboxes will be updated no later than 5:15 a.m.

Re-play messages at www.alertnowmessage.com!

Press “1” to replay the

message if it cuts off!

24 BOE | DECEMBER 2010

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines