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.

Election result update

Dear friends and supporters, although final polling numbers for District 9A will not be ready until next Friday ( Nov. 18th), Team Wu is trailing at the number 3 place. There are still a few thousands mail-in ballots that need to be counted. It will help us, but it may be not enough. The final gap will be a few hundred votes. No matter the final outcome, I am so grateful for your overwhelming support. Let’s cross our fingers and stay tuned. Thank you.

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 boe@hcpss.org 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:

V5: 2022 HCPSS redistricting work session 5 recap

  • V5: 2022 HCPSS redistricting work session 5 recap
  • At today’s board work session, the board discussed a new timeline because we voted to include an analysis on version 3 of the North Elkridge Community Plan, drafted by Drew Roth and Becki Vivrette.
  • The board voted to ask OSP to bring forward information related to exempt rising 10th and rising 8th graders.
  • Move to request information of impact exempting students who have an IEP or 504 plan or have at least 1 parent who is active duty military personnel with regard to transportation and enrollment data for the polygons under consideration.
  • The board voted to ask OSP to explore exemption on the trailing siblings who share at least one year in high school impacted in the preliminary plan.

The Elkridge community plan v3 is here for reference:

New proposed timeline for redistricting discussion:

  1. 10/27, request the superintendent and OSP to evaluate Northern Elkridge Community Plan (NECP) v3
  2. 11/2, work session v6 to analyze NECP v3 and the board needs to decide whether NECP v3 go forward or not.
    1. if NOT,
      1. 11/14 work session and straw vote.
      2. 11/17 adaption
    2. If YES.
      1. 11/17, board meeting without redistricting on the agenda.
      2. 11/28, public hearing (see whether another public hearing is needed)
      3. 11/29, work session and straw vote
      4. 12/1, plan adaptation

Vote for Dr. Chao Wu for your state delegate

As the early voting starts this Thursday, I am asking for your vote to be your voice and your representation at Annapolis. Thank you.

1) I am a data scientist, a husband and a father, and a proven leader of the community.

2) I work with practical and analytical approaches.

3) I support reforming APFO for better growth and take no developer’s money.

4) I listen to you and serve you.

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.

2022 Chao Wu for Maryland State Delegate

2022 Chao Wu for Maryland State Delegate


  1. I am a data scientist, a husband and a father, and a proven leader of the community.
  1. I work with practical and analytical approaches.
  1. I support reforming  APFO for better growth and take no developer’s money. 
  1. I will defend women’s right to choose.
  1. I listen to you  and serve you. 

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.

2022-9-22 BOE board meeting recap

SMOB report

Superintendent report

  • appointment: Judith Jones, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Jennifer Hlavka, Coordinator of National Board Certification and Teacher Career Pathways, Dee Lake, Coordinator of Assessment.
  • update on the e-ticket GoVan system.
  • filled 99% certified positions.
  • working on improving hiring process.

HECA presentation

CAC report

Administrative Agenda:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Plan
  • OBRC
  • Naming of High School #13 Charter
  • Policy 8020- Grading and Reporting: Middle & High School
    • “Beginning with students who were in grade 9 in school year 2021 – 2022, to be promoted to grade 12, students must have at least fourteen credits including two English credits and two mathematics credits, have successfully passed Health I and Lifetime Fitness, and have three years of high school attendance.”

*Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2024 Capital Budget & FY 2025-2029 Capital Improvement Program