FCPS Begins 2019-20 with Record-Setting Attendance

FCPS Begins 2019-20 with Record-Setting Attendance
Posted on 08/15/2019
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
August 15, 2019
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools welcomed students back to school for the start of the 2019-20 school year this morning and set a new opening day attendance record. A total of 13,333 students were in attendance which represents an increase of 168 students compared to a year ago. Total school enrollment as of today is 13,914.

This is the third consecutive year in which the school division has set an opening day attendance record. Attendance on the first day of the 2018-19 school year was 13,165. Attendance on the opening day of the 2017-18 school year was 13,126.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “We enjoyed an outstanding opening to the 2019-20 school year today. A smooth opening doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of many hours of planning and hard work by dedicated staff members who are committed to making sure all of our students have positive school experiences each day, including the first day back in class.”

Sovine adds, “We are continuing to experience sustained enrollment growth that’s resulting in overcrowding and large class sizes. The opening of Jordan Springs Elementary School next year and the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School in 2021 will help address some of those issues. Our high schools are all in excess of 110 percent of program capacity which highlights the importance of addressing the top priority on the School Board’s Capital Improvements Plan, construction of a fourth high school.”

As of August 15, Frederick County Public Schools has hired 126 licensed staff members and 37 support staff to begin work in the 2019-20 school year. The new licensed staff members have an average of 6.7 years of experience and 48 percent have advanced degrees. The new hires will fill the limited number of new positions that were part of the FY20 budget as well as positions that were vacated at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year.

Sovine says, “Education is about people and Frederick County Public Schools is fortunate to have outstanding staff members and community partners who are committed to working collaboratively in order to serve students well and develop our school division into an innovative community where caring relationships and authentic learning inspire all students.”