Special Board of Education Meeting Sept. 11


The Kent County School Board of Education is postponing the regularly scheduled September Board meeting for the purpose of allowing time for more discussion on school transportation.   The meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 , with a closed session beginning at 5 p.m and the open session beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Kent County Board of Education Administration Building, 5608 Boundary Avenue, Rock Hall. Items in the agenda include personnel actions and discussion of transportation issues.

Tracey Williams Joins Kent County’s Economic Development Commission


Tracey Williams – Kent County educator

The Kent County Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Williams to the Economic Development Commission.  She was appointed on August 1, 2017, to fill the unexpired term of Dan MacLeod.

Dan served on the Commission for 4 years and the Commission wishes him well in his new position as Director of Technology and Digital Learning in Holliston, MA.

Tracey is a native of Kent County and a 1986 graduate of Kent County High School. Tracey received her BA in sociology and history from Washington College in 1990, an MA in special education from Loyola University in 1997, and earned her certification in Administration in 2002 from Western Maryland College.

Tracey has been in the field of education for 27 years. She has held several positions at Kent County High School over the last 18 years; social studies teacher, career & technology resource teacher, instructional specialist, assistant principal, and principal. She is currently working as the Supervisor for Student Services and Secondary Education.

While working for Kent County Public Schools, Tracey has served on several boards.  During her leadership as principal, Kent County High School earned the following honors: State of Character Awards in 2017, County School of Character Award in 2015, 2016, and 2017, Alliance of a Healthier Generation Bronze Award year in 2014, as well as regional championships in football, basketball, and softball. One of her goals as principal was to ensure each student graduated with a viable plan after high school.

Tracey is excited about the Kent County Fiber project, stating “it will provide internet access for all, and lays the infrastructure for industry and job growth in the community.” She sees our safe family oriented communities, college town, and comprehensive high school as exceptional attributes to economic development in Kent County.

Recognizing that quality education is a critical economic driver, the Economic Development Commission unanimously agreed to recommend the appointment of Tracey to the Commissioners.


Kent County Public Schools First Back to School Fair a Success


Hailey and Lucas Martin enjoyed visiting the vendors at the Back 2 School Fair

On August 7, Kent County Public Schools held their first ever “Back to School” Fair. Hundreds of Kent County school children and their families braved stormy weather to come out to the Kent County Community Center to participate. This year brings many changes and exciting opportunities for the school system, and parents and children were find out about what is in store for the 2017/2018 school year.
Representatives of all five of Kent County’s public schools were on hand to greet students and welcome families. Students were able to meet their principals, including the new principal of Kent County Middle School, Dr. Helen Spiri. Many of the county’s dedicated teachers were there to share their plans for the new year. The county’s music and art teachers welcomed students with instruments and samples of student work. PTA representatives shared their plans for the new school year.
Families met representatives of Reliable Transportation, the new bus contractor assuming responsibility for all of the county’s bus services this year. Owner Angel Sutton-Richardson confirmed the company is working hard to be ready for the first day of school. Robert Van Dyke, who has been named Operations Supervisor to handle the day-to-day operations in Kent County, was also on hand to answer questions. Mr. VanDyke is well known to county families as a long-time driver for Kent County Public Schools.
Families in need of before or after school care were able to talk to representatives of Kent County Parks and Recreation and Alphabest to register their children. Both vendors provide child care on-site at the county’s three elementary schools and registrations are still being accepted.
Many partner organizations that support the efforts of KCPS were also in attendance. Among them were Support Our Schools, KidSPOT, Chestertown Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Kent County Public Library, Kent County Health Department, Judy Center, Character Counts, Kent Family Center, Kent County Department of Social Services, Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance, Washington College, Boy Scouts, Shore Up!, Kent County Behavioral Health, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Environmental Education and SEEC, Chestertown Elks, Recovery in Motion, along with Discovery Education.

KCMS Faculty and Staff welcomed families at the Back to School Fair

The event was considered a success by the school system. Director of Teaching and Learning, Gina Jachimowicz said “Visitors enjoyed learning about our well rounded curriculum including environmental education, music, art, CTE programs, and so much more.  Local businesses and Discovery Education donated over 100 prizes.  You could feel the positive energy and excitement of a new year from everyone at the fair.” Kent County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch said “The Back 2 School Fair was a huge success and I was incredibly impressed with the participation.  A huge thank you goes out to all those who worked tirelessly to organize the event.  This is something that we will build upon in the years to come!” They indicated that future plans include adjusting the hours of the fair to better accommodate families’ work schedules.
Each school will hold an open house on August 31 where students can meet their teachers and answer any remaining questions. Kent County High School will be open from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Kent County Middle School will be open from 10:00-11:00 a.m. H.H. Garnet, Rock Hall, and Galena Elementary Schools will be open from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Students entering grades K-6 and 9 will return on September 5, with K-12 in session on September 6. Pre-K students will begin on September 7. Families that were not able to attend are encouraged to contact the Kent County Board of Education at 410-778-1595 or their child’s school with questions or for more information.

Special KCPS Board of Education Meeting Aug. 17


Notice: The Kent County Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee is holding a special meeting for the purpose of discussing long term facilities planning.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 4:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the H.H. Garnet Elementary School, 320 Calvert Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Board of Education members are Trish McGee (President), A. Bryan Williams (Vice President), Jeff Reed, Dr. Wendy Costa, and Joseph Goetz.

Kent County Back to School Fair August 7


On Monday, August 7, from 2 to 5 p.m., Kent County Public Schools will hold a Back to School Fair at the Kent County Community Center 11041 Worton Rd, Worton. The fair is open to all students and their families at the county’s five public schools, and will help students prepare for the new school year.

Families will be able to meet and greet staff from each of the county’s schools. Staff will assist with registration for new students and provide information for signing up for support services, such as free and reduced lunches. Teachers will be on hand with information about the KCPS universal Pre-K program, technology resources, family support services, wellness programs, KCPS School Health services, extracurricular activities, the arts and more.  Representatives of each school’s PTA will also be on hand.

In addition to meeting school personnel, students and their families will be able to meet with partner organizations that provide support to the schools. Representatives of after school programs, Alphabest and Parks & Recreation, will be on hand to walk families through registering for before and after care. Representatives of Reliable Transportation will be participating as well. Families can board one of their school buses and meet some of the drivers set to transport children in the Fall. Other organizations appearing at some 40 tables include Support Our Schools, KidSPOT, Chestertown Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Kent County Public Library, Kent County Health Department, Judy Center, Character Counts, Kent Family Center, Kent County Department of Social Services, Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance, Washington College, Boy Scouts, Shore Up!, Kent County Behavioral Health, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Environmental Education and SEEC, Chestertown Elks, Recovery in Motion, along with Discovery Education.

KCHS-FM Radio will be providing music for the event. The event will be a fun, informative way for families to get ready for the school year.

Each county school will hold an open house August 31, when students will be able to meet their teachers and visit their new classrooms. More information will be sent  to students about that event.

For more information contact the Kent County Board of Education at 410-778-1595 or visit www.kcpssos.com/events.

Kent County Board of Ed to Hold Special Meeting Aug 3


The Kent County School Board of Education is holding a special meeting for the purpose of approving personnel and a QZAB bid.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 4:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Kent County Board of Education Administration Building, 5608 Boundary Avenue, Rock Hall, MD  21661.


ACTION A.  Approval of Agenda

ACTION B.  Move to Closed Session in accordance with SGA 10-

      508(a)(1)(ii) to discuss personnel matters

                    C.  Report on Closed Session

ACTION        D.  Personnel Actions


ACTION F.  Adjourn

Support Our Schools (SOS) “Random Acts of Kindness” Campaign a Big Success


Support Our Schools, a grassroots organization started by a group of local parents, recently completed its first “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign for Kent County Public Schools. The group set an ambitious goal of $5,000 and thanks to the generosity of the community, surpassed that goal by almost $1,000 for a total of $5,921.58. This amount was divided among the seven local public schools to offset unexpected year-end expenses. Each school received a check for $845.94 at the June 12 Board of Education meeting.

Donations ranged from $2 to $1,000 and were received from individuals as well as local businesses. Business sponsors are being promoted through the SOS website and Facebook page, which currently has a membership of more than 700 people. Those businesses can be identified by the SOS decal in their window. Friendship Montessori School, Johnson’s Concrete, both in Worton, and Welcome Home in Chestertown all became top-level “Golden Apple” sponsors.

The first Random Acts of Kindness campaign kicked-off on May 1, 2017, and ran for 31 days. It was a direct response to help funding needs expressed by KCPS principals to meet the needs of their students. This annual campaign will return on February 17, 2018, also known as “Random Acts of Kindness Day.”

The Support Our Schools (SOS) Initiative is a grassroots advocacy effort devoted to increasing awareness of and support for the needs, challenges, and untapped potential of our public school system—both for the sake of the current student population and for its opportunity to serve as a catalyst for economic development. For more information on the Support Our Schools initiative please visit our website.

Lions Donate to WKHS


The Chestertown Lions Club, on May 11, made a $1,000.00 donation to WKHS radio station in memory of their immediate past president George Kastendike. The students and staff of WKHS recently started a fund drive to update studios and equipment in the 43 year old radio station.

WKHS,  broadcasting at 90.5 FM, is a commercial-free instructional radio station located at Kent County High School. The station has been in operation since 1974.

 From left to right in the above photo are Chris Singleton, WKHS Station Manager; Devon Hughes, student ; Ken Roderick, President of Chestertown Lions ; Andrew Carr, student and Cade Terrill, student.

Job Shadowing Shows Pathways for Kent County STEM Students


Kent County sophomores recently got a taste of real world occupations when they visited a variety of local businesses that employ professionals in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each year, eight leading Kent County businesses open their doors and share their expertise with local STEM students as they begin to make plans for the future.

Chesapeake Architects President, Peter Newlin, explains the importance of discussing personal preferences, lifestyle considerations and functional priorities with each client before beginning the design process.

In order to chart realistic and rewarding career paths, students need a clear understanding of the day-to-day roles and responsibilities of the professions they are considering. That’s where the annual job showing program comes in, by introducing students to a variety of experienced professionals who each describe the daily demands and routines of his or her particular occupation. They also discuss the educational requirements needed, specialty areas within each field, and long-term trends that might affect future job opportunities. The program is a timely resource for students as they begin considering secondary education and the courses they will need.

Students witness an amazing display of power and poise exhibited by a massive robot that was recently purchased by Dixon Valve & Coupling to handle inventory demands.

Kent County STEM students, their parents and teachers are thankful for the businesses and professionals who share their time and resources to make the program a success. Participating businesses included Benchworks, Chesapeake Architects, Chesapeake CNC, Dixon Valve & Coupling, DMS & Associates, Eastman Specialty Corp., University of Maryland Extension and University of Maryland Shore Medical Center.

Civil engineer and partner in DMS and Associates, Kevin Shearon, points out the logistical considerations that had to be addressed prior to the construction of Washington College’s new academic building.