FCPS search for an interim Superintendent

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Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) announced the resignation of Interim School Superintendent Dr. David Martin.

Martin was appointed to the position after Dr. David Sovine announced his retirement from FCPS as their Superintendent effective June 30.

Sovine has taken the Superintend position with Washington County Maryland Public Schools on July 1.

FCPS announced the appointment of Martin in the interim Superintendent position as of July on June 28.

The Frederick County School Board accepted Martin’s resignation at the Tues. July 19 School board meeting.

Martin sighted personal reasons for leaving the post.

The search for both an interim and permanent School Superintendent is in progress in Frederick County.

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H.N. Funkhouser offers funds to FCPS again

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An email from the Director of Policy and Communications for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Steve Edwards announced the school system will be presented with a check tomorrow Mar. 16.

H.N. Funkhouser and Company President Rieman Claytor Royston will present a check for $10,500 to FCPS Superintendent David Sovine tomorrow at the school’s administrative building. 

The money will be used to support math and science programs in all 21 schools in the system.

This is the 21 consecutive year H.N. Funkhouser, through the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance, have supported math and science at FCPS.

Nearly $195,000 has been awarded to the schools in that initiative over those 21 years. 

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Sherando High School Students donate to FCSO

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An email from Frederick County Public School’s (FCPS) Director of Communication Steve Edwards announced a special presentation tomorrow Mar. 4.

Deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office will receive 50 Family in Need Bags for their Youth Camp.

The bags were made possible through a year long effort of Sherando students participating in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Star Event.

The deputies will hold on to the bags for when they receive specific calls regarding families in need.

The presentation is part of the FCCLA State Conference.

The presentation to the deputies will take place at Sherando High School tomorrow Mar. 4  at 11 a.m..

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FCPS Superintendent submits his budget

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An email from Steve Edwards Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Coordinator of Policy and Communications announced the budget submission for fiscal year 2023.

FCPS Superintended David Sovine’s proposed budget presented to the School Board totals above $265 million.

Sovine’s budget proposal includes initiatives to address the priorities adopted by the School Board in the Inspire 2025 A Promise for Progress plan.

Information on the Inspire 2025 Promise for Progress plan can be found here.

Sovine’s budget includes a request for 55 new positions including 29 teacher positions.

The proposed budget includes a five percent salary initiative that would provide step movement and salary enhancement on all pay tables.

Sovine anticipates the pay increase will make it easier to attract and retain staff.

The breakdown of the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for FY23 is available here.

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FCPS Transportation hold an open house for prospective drivers

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A social post from Frederick County public schools (FCPS) announced an open house and hiring event.

The event is Friday Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for prospective bus drivers.

The event will be held at the Transportation Department at 2261 Front Royal Pike.

The Transportation Department is behind Armel Elementary School on Rt. 522 N..

COVID-19 restrictions will be in place during the open house.

Online information, job portal and qualifications are available here.

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FCPS opens kindergarten registration

An email from Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) announced that kindergarten registration will be in two phases for 2022-23.

Those with children already in the FCPS system can register another child from Feb. 1-28 in the early bird registration period.

Those registering their first child in kindergarten should complete the registration process between Mar. 1-31.

Those enrolling their child in kindergarten must contact the registrar of the school the child will attend to complete the process either remotely or set an appointment to complete the process in person.

Information to help complete that process is found here.

FCPS ask that your register your child for kindergarten during the times specified so schools can properly prepare for the school year.

Additional information and requirements are found at frederickcountyschoolsva.net.

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FCSO and FCPS respond to the social media threat

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Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) have been made aware of a social media threat towards one of the county schools.

The school in question has been identified only with the initials JHS.

A social media post from FCSO assures citizens that they and FCPS Officials have followed all threat protocols and found the threat to be not creditable.

In fact social media post of such threats have been circulating around the country over an extended period of time recently.

The FCSO post assures those concerned that they and school officials continue to work together to ensure the safety of all schools, staff and students in the area.

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FCPS recognizes support staff

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A Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) press release honors school support staff.

Superintendent David Sovine has recognized five outstanding employees with support staff awards according to the release.

Among those recognized bus driver Esther Cobb, custodian Deborah Landis, special instructor Laura Anderson, Nutritionist Rebecca Lauck and Secretary Lisa Martin.

All those first place recipients received a plague along with a $500 gift for their service.

Those who came in second place or runners ups in the various categories each received a certificate and a $250 gift.

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Sherando High School Teacher wins Franklin D. Kizer award

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Sherando High School Science teacher Susan Saylor was recognized last week with the Franklin D. Kizer

Distinguished High School Chemistry teacher award . This award has been presented every year since 1948,

Named for Franklin Kizer an outstanding science educator and dedicated member of the Virginia Section of

the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Ms. Saylor and Thank you for everything you do.

FCPS announce new assistant superintendent

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Frederick County Public School (FCPS) Board announced the appointment of Vernon J. Bock as the new Assistant Superintendent of Administration.

Bock, a 1991 James Wood graduate, succeeds Dr. Albert Orndorff who retires July 1.

Orndorff has been with FCPS for 42 years.

Bock has been in the school system since 1996.

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