Travel through education history with the Board

Travel through education history with the Board

Travel through time with the Board of Education in a three-part educational lecture series exploring the history of the Board — and education in Charles County — over the past 100 years.

The Board is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and has planned three presentations, starting with “Education: Then and Now” from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 2 at the Port Tobacco Courthouse and One-room Schoolhouse. The presentation begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by breakout sessions including a trip to the Port Tobacco one-room school, discussion about the changes in education, a hands-on lesson and more.

Segregation and desegregation will be the focus of the second 100th anniversary presentation on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 at the McConchie one-room school located at the Charles County Fairgrounds. Hear from teachers and students who attended segregated schools or went through desegregation — and how it impacted them. Several sessions are planned, and a schedule will be posted outside the one-room school during the Fair.

The Board will wrap up its educational series showing how the school system handles disasters — tornados, hurricanes and more — with a show at the James E. Richmond Science Center. See the special presentation, “When Disaster Strikes, We are Ready,” at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1. The James E. Richmond Science Center is located inside St. Charles High School.

About the 100-year anniversary

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 three-part educational lecture series, an interactive history and event search, historic displays, and a reception recognizing the contributions of past Board members.

The Board is asking the public to share their stories and photos with the Board through email (, the Charles County Board of Education Facebook page or its 100-year anniversary website at

The public also can follow the Board’s centennial celebration news by following @ccps on Twitter and using #ccboe100.

About CCPS

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.


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