Frederick County Public Schools Launches FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program

Frederick County Public Schools Launches FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program
Posted on 08/25/2017
FCPS 101 Community Engagement ProgramFor Immediate Release
August 25, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools is launching FCPS 101, a community engagement program, in October. The program, which is being offered for the first time during the 2017-18 school year, will provide parents and others with an opportunity to learn about Frederick County Public Schools and its operations, including instructional and administrative services.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “We are excited to better connect with parents and other members of our community through the FCPS 101 program. Those selected to participate will meet once a month for six months and engage in activities, discussions and tours designed to broaden their understanding of our school division as well as the challenges we face and the opportunities that exist. Those who complete the program will have a greater knowledge of what it takes to operate a school division of our size and will be well equipped to serve as ambassadors for our school division.”

Participants in the FCPS 101 program will meet for sessions on October 10, November 13, January 9, February 13, March 13 and April 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each session will focus on a different aspect of Frederick County Public Schools including the role of the School Board, facilities planning and development, instructional goals, staffing, school accountability/SOLs, budgeting, transportation, student/family support services and school nutritional services. Graduates of the program will be recognized during a School Board meeting in May.

Sovine adds, “We recognize how valuable time is for parents, so we’re designing each FCPS 101 session to be fast-paced and engaging. Participants will be able to connect with a variety of school division leaders, tour a number of our facilities and participate in panel discussions. We recognize participating in FCPS 101 represents a commitment of time, so we’re committed to making sure the time participants spend with us is valuable to them and time well spent.”

Individuals interested in participating in FCPS 101 must submit the FCPS 101 application by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 15. Applications are available at each Frederick County Public School and the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building. Applications may also be completed and submitted online through the school division’s website-