Today is the 100th day of school for the 2015-16 school year and the Board of Education of Charles County is celebrating by announcing its 100-year anniversary.
Members of Board XVI met at the Port Tobacco one-room schoolhouse today to kick off a series of activities designed to raise awareness of the Board of Education, its rich history and its role in the success of Charles County’s public school system. The theme for the celebration is Chalkboards to Tablets: Looking Back, Moving Forward.
The Board of Education of Charles County, along with Boards of Education across Maryland, was legally organized as a Public Body Corporate in 1916. Previously, a Board of School Commissioners governed the county’s schools, most of which were one-room schoolhouses. The first Board meeting minutes reflecting the change were taken Oct. 17, 1916, and signed by Superintendent of Schools Thomas M. Carpenter.
Between now and October, the Board will host a number of activities, including a four-part educational lecture series, an interactive history and event search, historic displays, and a reception recognizing the contributions of past Board members.
Additionally, the Board is compiling historical information and archives. Board Member Vicki Kelly, at the February Board meeting, said, “The Board’s history is made up of thousands of stories. Those stories include the people who have served as Board members, and also those who studied here, taught here and trained here.” She asked the public to share their stories and photos with the Board through email (email@example.com) or the Charles County Board of Education Facebook page. “We are excited about providing Charles County residents with opportunities to learn more about the Board of Education and Charles County Public Schools. We hope you will join us throughout the year at activities we think will be both educational and fun,” Kelly said.
The public also can follow the Board’s centennial celebration news by following @ccps on Twitter and using #ccboe100.
About the one-room schoolhouse
The Port Tobacco Schoolhouse served children in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1916, the future of the little school was in doubt as Port Tobacco’s population decreased. Community members, according to a 1976 article in the “History of the One and Two-Room Schools in Charles County,” were able to keep the school in Port Tobacco until 1923 when students were transferred to the La Plata Public School. Today, the Charles County Retired Teachers’ Association maintains the schoolhouse and provides living history lessons for second graders throughout the school year.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.