FCPS hosts Community Conversations with Superintendent

Frederick County Public Schools announced that they will host their first Community Conversation with Superintendent George Hummer on Thursday, January 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Orchard View Elementary School.

The event allows parents, staff, and community members to meet with Dr. Hummer and ask questions or provide feedback.

Future Community Conversations with the Superintendent are scheduled for March 25th, April 17th, and May 14th.

Three budget town hall meetings are also scheduled for February.

Dr. Hummer said, “Feedback from all of our constituents is of utmost importance to me. Every voice matters, and the involvement of our students, families, staff members and community members is necessary to determine what we need to start, stop, and continue in order to help us strive to do what is best for all of our students.”

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Three Frederick County School Board members sworn in

Three newly-elected Frederick County School Board Members were sworn into office at a meeting yesterday held in the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building.

Daryl Bell (Opequon District), Frank Funes (Gainesboro District), and Edward “Scott” Sturdivant (Back Creek District) were all sworn in by Circuit Court Clerk Becky Hogan at a ceremony for new members.

Nina DeSantis was also sworn in for her role as Clerk of the Frederick County School Board as well as two deputy clerks, Dorenda Fisher and Cynthia Sousa.

The new members will begin their four year terms on January 1, 2024.

Superintendent George Hummer said, “We are excited to welcome our new School Board members and look forward to building upon the excellent foundation already established by previous boards.”

Newly Elected Board Member Dianna Klein and Deputy Clerk Tracy Ritenour could not attend the ceremony and will be sworn in at a later date.

To view the full release on meeting, click here.

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FCPS 101 searches for future school ambassadors

Frederick County Public Schools is searching for participants for this year’s FCPS 101 cohort.

The program is open to any parent, guardian, or community member to learn more about the school division and its operations including instructional and administrative services.

The program began in 2017 with the goal of equipping graduates to serve as ambassadors for FCPS in the community.

If chosen, participants will meet monthly throughout the school year to learn about specific topics and engage in activities and tours to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in Frederick County’s Public Schools.

Some of the topics that are scheduled to be covered include an overview of the school system and instruction, finance, transportation, planning, development, and school security.

Before the sessions begin, FCPS will host a feedback session with alumni of the program to help fine tune the program before the next cohort begins.

Superintendent George Hummer looks forward to his first full year involved with the program stating, “I am proud of the tradition that comes along with this fantastic program, and I am glad to be a part of it at the very beginning this time around.”

To submit your application before October 27th or for more information, click here.

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FCPS appoints two new administrators

Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent George Hummer announced the appointment of two new administrators.

Ms. Kristine Hickey succeeds Dr. Jessica Nail as the new principal of Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School.

She has worked in education for 30 years, most recently as an assistant principal at James Wood Middle and Sherando High.

Dr. Robin Shrum will replace Kellie Solenberger as assistant principal at Middletown Elementary.

She previously held a variety of roles in Shenandoah County Public Schools, starting as a music teacher before advancing to assistant principal, principal, and last year served as the district’s special education administrator.

Superintendent George Hummer spoke on the decision stating, “We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Hickey and Dr. Shrum in their new roles. They both have a wealth of experience in education and a strong commitment to student success. I have no doubt they will continue the strong leadership foundation already established at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School and Middletown Elementary School.”

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Shane Goodwin announced as FCPS Assistant Superintendent

Frederick County Public Schools announced the hiring of Shane A. Goodwin as the new Assistant Superintendent for Administration.

Goodwin brings with him more than 25 years of experience in public education.

He currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Communication for Warren County Public Schools.

His start date for FCPS is effective on June 1st, 2023.

He recently held other roles in WCPS including Assistant Principal from 2018-2019 at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School before becoming Principal from 2019-2021.

FCPS Superintendent George Hummer spoke on the hire acknowledging Goodwin’s organization and work ethic as important factors and “more importantly… was his consistent demonstration of being student focused.”

Goodwin says he looks forward to “working where students come first, where people are cared for, and where success matters.”

Goodwin holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and masters of arts in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University.

He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Shenandoah University.

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