Later High School Start Time for HCPSS

HCPSS High school will start at 8:00 a.m. for 2023-2024 academic year. I am very glad to see this progress.

  • Schools in Tier 1 will begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 2:45 p.m. These include all 13 high schools, several middle schools, Cedar Lane School and Homewood Center. 
  • Schools in Tier 2 will begin at 8:40 a.m. These include a combination of middle and elementary schools with middle schools dismissing at 3:25 p.m. and elementary schools dismissing at 3:10 p.m. 
  • Schools in Tier 3 will begin at 9:15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m. These include the remainder of elementary schools.

HS 13 has an official name Guilford Park High School

Finally, HS 13 has an official name: Guilford Park High School. During the last four years on the school board, we had many discussions about the school, from construction to redistricting. The board even had a tour in the middle of last year.

I am very glad to see the opening of Guilford Park High School this fall, and appreciate the support from many stakeholders. Sometimes, we don’t see from the same perspective and disagree. But eventually we do see a new high school for our high students.

I believe this school will provide excellent education for our students and it will create a new and dynamic school community here.

2023 National AI Scholarship for Howard County Public Schools Students!

2023 National AI Scholarship for Howard County Public Schools Students!

The 2023 National AI Scholarship is alive! Encourage your students to apply!

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2022 HCPSS redistricting work session 7(final) recap

The board reached a consensus on the board approved preliminary plan. The plan will be voted in our next board meeting.

Exemptions Approved

  • Exempting rising 12th, 11th graders from previous board motion.
  • Exempting rising 10th graders, except for those who are going to HS13.
  • Exempting students with IEP or 504 plans.
  • Exempting students with parents on active military duty
  • Based on exempting10th,11th,12th graders, trailing siblings who share at least one year in the same high are covered already.

HCPSS BOE meeting 11-3-2022 recap

HCPSS BOE meeting 11-3-2022 recap

Student Representative: Reservoir High School

SMOB Report

Superintendent Report:

  • school office visit,
  • print service,
  • dual enrollment update,
    • JumpStart program will be free of tuition to HCPSS students.
    • Over 1100 students are enrolled in HCC and 2297 are enrolled in HCPSS-based courses eligible for college credits.
  • Asynchronous Inclement Weather Days.
    • Up to three inclement weather days as asynchronous instruction days.
  • Health and Safety Message

HCEA report

  • ESP Bill of Rights

Administrative Agenda

  • Proclamation: National Native American Heritage Month 
  • Extended School Year Programs – Summer 2022
  • Student Cell Phone Usage
  • Development of FY 2024 Budget Line Items for Board of Education Office

Public Hearing

  • Policy 10020 Use of School Facilities


  • Policy 2000 School Board Governance 
  • Policy 7090 Transfer of Teachers, Approved.
  • Policy 4090 Debt Management. Approved.

ESSA Consolidated Strategic Plan/Blueprint Implementation Plan

HCPSS Redistricting: Scenario 5

During our last work session, the board voted to examine another scenario created by (North Elkridge) Community Members,  mainly drafted by Drew Roth and Becki Vivrette.

Here is the OSP analysis on the scenario (Scenario 5). Write to BOE at with your feedback.

Polygons will be impacted (around 800 more students will be impacted compared with the preliminary board plan ):

The whole analysis is here:

Here is the board preliminary plan:

HCPSS board meeting 2022-10-20 recap

Student Representative Report: Whild Lake High School

SMOB report

Superintendent Report:

  • Earlier this week, I sent a message to the community regarding the uptick in hoax threats that schools are receiving, which largely are bomb or shooting threats. •These are not taken lightly and we respond to every single threat with the appropriate level of urgency and caution.• Every threat is investigated thoroughly by the school system and HCPD.
  • School-based Wellness Center Expansion of Services
  • Library A+ Partnership Celebration

Howard County Association of Supervisors and Administrators (HCASA) – APPOINTMENT

School Start Times: Implementation Plan Progress Report (Brian Nevin/Tom Platt, Decision Support Group LLC)

The table shows the current starting time.

Reading Opens Doors Charter School Application Evaluation (Antwan Perry) – ACTION

Application Denied.

V4: 2022 HCPSS redistricting work session 4 recap

The board has a discussion on the four scenarios as shown in Four scenarios for HCPSS redistricting HS 13 | Dr. Chao Wu.

The board had a lengthy discussion on all scenarios.

The board will consider the superintendent’s proposal with some modification: 2022-2023 superintendent redistricting proposal | Dr. Chao Wu

The board moved unanimously with the superintendent’s proposal with addition of Work Session-Scenario 2 (changing students between Patuxent Valley MS and Thomas Viaduct MS)

2022-10-4 HCPSS BOE meeting recap

superintendent report:

  • Howard County Public School System has received an unmodified opinion from our external auditor, which is included in the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
  • To support awareness of these efforts, our school district will participate in Unity Day on October 19th
  • I am particularly proud that two of my recent Cabinet members were appointed to superintendency positions this year. Dr. Monifa McKnight was named Superintendent in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Dr. Theo Cramer was named Superintendent in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  


  • Proclamation: Substance Abuse Prevention Month
  • Proclamation: LGBTQ+ History Month 
  • Proclamation: National School Lunch Week

Curriculum and Instructional Resources – 2022 Update

HCPSS Inclement Weather Asynchronous Instruction Plan

Comprehensive Maintenance Plan

V3: 2022 HCPSS redistricting work session 3 recap

Discussion 9th grader only HS 13

New Motion

  1. Move to create a modification to the Contiguous HS 13 Plan with the western limit of Interstate 95. For the Polygons reassigned from Reservoir HS to Hammond HS in the Contiguous HS 13 Plan, reassign all or a portion of them to HS 13, when feasible. For the Polygons reassigned from Atholton HS to Hammond HS in the Contiguous HS 13 Plan, replace them by Polygon 2010.  
  2. Move to request information in regards for moving 26, 27, 1026, 1027 from Thomas Viaduct MS to Patuxent Valley MS, information on capacity utilization, capacity utilization projections, walk zone and middle from elementary feeds.
  3. Move to request information from staff on the community generated redistricting plan, version 2.
  4. Move to gather more information about keeping Mayfield Woods MS as a full feed at Long Reach HS moving Rockburn area of Elkridge to Howard HS and moving 175 to 100 along Route 1 to Oakland Mills HS with the baseline plan being the community generated plan, version 2.

The following is the Community Generated Redistricting Plan, Version 2.

The following is recap from work session 2 for reference.

Turf Valley ES on the move

Last Thursday night, HCPSS board moved Turf Valley ES into 2024 capital budget. We hope it will reduce overcrowding in many neighboring schools, St. John’s ES, Manner Woods, Centennial Lane, Waverly ES, West Friendship ES, probably Dayton Oaks ES too.

I am glad that I have been pushing and supporting to get the Turf Valley ES site since I am on the board and now we are able to put it in the capital budget. I appreciate the support from our county executive and county council. We worked together to get this done. This kind collaboration is needed to address many challenges we are facing in Howard County and the whole state Maryland.

HS 14 should be another big push. We should build schools where students come from and create a school neighborhood and belongings.

We need to plan and manage our growth, and manage APFO better to serve our students, parents and residents. Overcrowded schools are not good for our teachers either.

The following is a picture taken in July 2021, when I spoke at the announcement of Turf Valley ES site acquisition.

V1: 2022 HCPSS redistricting work session I recap

The board had the following directions:

Move the Board table the Motion until the Board has the answers to questions asked in this hearing regarding the topic of rising juniors.

Motion by Antonia Watts, second by Jolene Mosley.

Final Resolution: Motion Fails

Yea: Jennifer Mallo, Jolene Mosley, Antonia Watts

Nay: Christina Delmont-Small, Yun Lu, Chao Wu, Vicky Cutroneo

Move the Board to exempt all rising 11th graders with opt-in transportation.

Motion by Yun Lu, second by Chao Wu.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Christina Delmont-Small, Yun Lu, Chao Wu, Vicky Cutroneo

Abstain: Jennifer Mallo, Jolene Mosley, Antonia Watts

Move the Board to move only rising 9th and 10th graders to High School #13.

Motion by Chao Wu, second by Yun Lu.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Christina Delmont-Small, Yun Lu, Jennifer Mallo, Jolene Mosley, Chao Wu, Vicky Cutroneo

Nay: Antonia Watts

Move that the Board receive data about Figure B8 in the feasibility study with elimination of small feeds in the outlying table and maintain walkers at their current schools

Motion by Antonia Watts, second by Vicky Cutroneo.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Christina Delmont-Small, Jennifer Mallo, Jolene Mosley, Antonia Watts, Chao Wu, Vicky Cutroneo

Nay: Yun Lu

Move to create a modification to the Superintendent’s proposed plan that creates a contiguous boundary with HS #13 with the northern limit of Route 100.

Motion by Chao Wu, second by Yun Lu.

Final Resolution: Motion Carries

Yea: Christina Delmont-Small, Yun Lu, Jennifer Mallo, Jolene Mosley, Antonia Watts, Chao Wu, Vicky Cutroneo