Maryland Law requires the Board of Education of Harford County to engage in a labor
negotiation process called collective bargaining. In collective bargaining the Board
formally negotiates labor contracts with employee associations of unions, which
are referred to as bargaining units in Harford County. State law mandates that these
labor contracts include such items as employee work hours, salary, healthcare benefits,
and working conditions. A negotiated contract must be ratified
by both the Board and the employee members of the unit. The labor contract, which
is called a Negotiated Agreement, is kept in place for a set period of time and
The Board of Education negotiates with five bargaining units that represent all
employees within the Harford County Public School system:
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the
exclusive public school employee organization for all school custodians, facilities
and maintenance trades workers, bus drivers, bus attendants, school cafeteria workers
and other non-instructional support related employees. AFSCME represents approximately
900 employees of Harford County Public Schools.
The Association of Harford County Administrative, Technical and Supervisory Professionals
(AHCATSP) is the exclusive public school employee organization for all non-certified
supervisors. This includes department managers, supervisors, computer programmers
and analysts, coordinators and other related non-certificated
supervisory personnel, school nurses, purchasing agents and specialists. AHCATSP represents
approximately 80 employees of Harford
County Public Schools.
The Association of Public School Administrators and Supervisors of Harford County
(APSASHC) is the exclusive public school employee organization for the
certificated administrators and supervisors. This includes principals, curriculum supervisors, instructional
coordinators, assistant principals, instructional facilitators, pupil personnel workers and other related
certificated supervisory personnel. APSASHC represents approximately 300 employees of Harford County Public
The Harford County Education Association
(HCEA) is the exclusive public school employee organization for all teachers,
guidance counselors, psychologists, media specialists, occupational therapists,
physical therapists, and speech and hearing clinicians. HCEA represents approximately
3,200 employees of Harford County Public Schools.
The Harford County Education Association is the exclusive public school employee organization for all clerical/secretaries, paraeducators, team nurses, instructionally-related technicians, school bus driver instructors, transportation specialists, transliterators, sign language interpreters, Braille technicians, inclusion helpers, and related instructional support personnel who work twenty (20) or more hours per week. HCEA (ESP) represents approximately 1,100 employees of Harford County Public Schools.
This is an important request of families with students in 4th through 12th grade.
If your student brought their HCPS-issued Chromebook or laptop home with them this weekend, please have them plug in the device to an electrical outlet, and power on the device. Please have your student sign in, and leave the device powered on for approximately one hour. This will prompt the device to receive required updates.
Allowing devices to update at home this weekend will save students and staff time completing the updates on their devices at school next week.
If your student’s device was left in the school, they will receive the updates when they log on at school and no further action is needed on your part.
In June of 2021, the Superintendent received boundary adjustment recommendations. These recommendations were from the Advisory Team charged to evaluate and develop potential solutions to balance enrollment throughout the HCPS school district. Since receiving the recommendations, the Superintendent has been working with HCPS staff to develop draft recommendations that will be presented to the public for additional input.
Thank you to all who have been involved in the process to date and have provided feedback during the first two phases of the process. The data gathered through community input provided the guidance needed by the Advisory Team. Stakeholder responses to surveys, attendance at various education forums, Board of Education meetings, and the many submissions of testimony and alternate suggestions have provided much-needed feedback throughout the process so far.
As we continue with the third phase of the process, we again ask for public involvement and feedback on the Superintendent’s recommendations to address overcrowding in our schools. Using this feedback, he will forward his recommendation to the Board of Education in October 2021. The Board of Education will make a final decision in February 2022.
The virtual public input forums will take place via Zoom from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the dates below. During these forums, participants will be put into small discussion groups to provide feedback on the changes. For this reason, community members who plan to participate in a virtual forum are asked to register their intent to attend by clicking the date below. Please note, registration for an event will close 48 hours prior to the event date.
It is suggested the public participate in the forum associated with your secondary attendance area; however, participants are not required to attend the meeting with their attendance area listed. You may address any attendance area at any of the forums listed.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Fallston, Joppatowne, and North Harford)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, and Edgewood)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 (Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, and Patterson Mill)
As a reminder, the Superintendent’s draft recommendations, boundary maps, and map books associated with the boundary adjustments being proposed, are available on the Balancing Enrollment page on hcps.org.
Additionally, please be advised notifications and updates will be communicated via HCPS’ Connect5 phone, email, text, and posted to the HCPS Balancing Enrollment Webpage. You are encouraged to register for or update your information for HCPS communications at the links below. This will ensure you receive all direct mass communication about the balancing enrollment initiative as we move forward in the process.
Community Members https://hcpscommunityconnect.bbcportal.com/
Parents/Guardians - https://hcpsparentconnect.bbcportal.com/
Thank you for your continued engagement and participation.
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