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Authority and Responsibility of the Board of Education and the Superintendent
Collective Bargaining Information
Board of Education Contact Information
Regular meetings of the Board of Education are normally held on the second and fourth
each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings may also be held
the year. All meetings are announced in advance in the newspapers or the HCPS web site
other print/electronic media including the Harford Cable Network. Meetings are open to
public unless otherwise announced.
If you wish to appear before the board, please complete a public comment form located at
entrance of the Board room. Comment cards must be completed and placed in the comment
to the start of the Board meeting. Cards will be collected and called in the order
Those who wish to speak after the Board meeting has started, may submit their comments
writing to the Board President at 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014. Please note
following time restrictions for public comments. Three minutes - Individual. Five
To request disability-related reasonable accommodations, please call 410-838-7300
voice, 7-1-1 TTY or e-mail Jillian.Lader@hcps.org
at least three days prior to the meeting/event.
Send in your Comments
The Audit Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities as established by the
Committee Charter are to: serve as an independent and objective party to monitor the
District’s financial reporting process and internal controls; review and appraise
efforts of the external auditors, financial and senior management and the Internal
and provide an open avenue of communication among the external auditors, financial
senior management, the Internal Auditor and the Board.
The Office of Internal Audit is responsible for assisting the Board of Education of
County and Harford County Public Schools by providing objective reviews of operations to
efficient and effective use of resources, improve internal controls, and strengthen
County Public Schools operations. The main objective is to add transparency and
of HCPS, its leaders and employees. The Board of Education of Harford County has
Office of Internal Audit through the Office of Internal
Board Policy . Additionally, the Board approved the Office of Internal
the internal audit activity’s purpose, authority, and responsibility.
In July 2019, the Internal Auditor requested its first ever peer review and received the highest rating possible. The review included scrutiny of our internal quality control system to ensure that it is adequately designed and operating effectively. This provides reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards and the organization’s established policies and procedures.
Peer Review Report
2019 ALGA Peer Review
Annual Audit Plan
Each year, the Office of Internal Audit submits its risk based annual audit plan to the
Education of Harford County for its approval. The Audit Plan communicates the internal
activity's plans for the year. All significant changes will be communicated to the Board
Education and senior management.
FY2020 Audit Plan
FY2019 Audit Plan
FY2018 Audit Plan
Organizationally the Office of Internal Audit reports to the Board of Education of
County. The Audit Committee is a
and Board Members who provide additional guidance to the Office of Internal Audit. The
Committee serves to promote, maintain, and enhance the independence and objectivity of
internal audit function by ensuring broad audit coverage, adequate consideration of
reports, and appropriate action on recommendations.
Laura J. Tucholski, CPA, CIA, CFE, CRMA
Internal Audit Clerk
REPORT FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE
The Internal Auditor’s primary objective is to improve Harford County Public Schools’
operations. If you are aware of misuse of HCPS resources, we would like to know so that
matter can be investigated. You can reach the fraud hotline by telephone, mail or email.
come directly to the Internal Auditor. When contacting the Fraud Hotline, please provide
details as possible, including who, what, when, why and how. We may want to contact you
additional information. We will take appropriate precautions to keep your report
Call: Fraud Hotline
Waste or Abuse Reporting
Please email the completed form to the Internal Auditor.
Online Registration for Students New to HCPS is LIVE! Visit https://www.hcps.org/Parents/registeringforschool.aspx for more information on Prekindergarten Applications and New Student Registration!
UPDATE: JULY 1, 2020
STARS OF SUMMER REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Registration is OPEN for HCPS' Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through grade nine HCPS students. The program runs from July 20 through August 13, 2020, Monday through Thursday.
Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Full brochure of options and additional information is posted on hcps.org.
Registration is open through July 8, 2020. You may register your student(s) using the links below:
Kindergarten and Grade 1*: https://bit.ly/2Vvc53U
Grade 2 and Grade 3**: https://bit.ly/3ieYp6U
Grade 4 and Grade 5**: https://bit.ly/38fRYM7
Grade 6 through Grade 9**: https://bit.ly/3gb1u68
*for 2019 – 2020 kindergarten and Grade 1 students
**for 2020 – 2021 Grade 2 through Grade 9 students
We look forward to meeting our Stars of Summer!
UPDATE: JUNE 29, 2020
The following message will be sent to all students/families at 11:00 a.m.:
Good morning. This is an important message regarding P-EBT, a new pandemic program that provides food benefits to children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. ALL HCPS families inadvertently received correspondence indicating they were eligible for the P-EBT program. While the error was identified, mailings of letters and P-EBT cards were already underway.
If you receive the letter and card and do qualify for the benefit, the appropriate funds will be available on your card.
If your family has received the letter and card in error, and you do not have a child eligible for the benefit, there will not be any funds available on the P-EBT card and you may dispose of the letter and card.
If you have questions about the funds on your card, please follow the instructions on the letter and visit www.dhs.maryland.gov/p-EBT for additional information. Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful day.
UPDATE: JUNE 26, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING FOR (JULY 13, 2020) 6:30PM
On July 13, 2020 at 6:30PM, the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing using the following link Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, July 13, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
Please contact Teresa.Schmid@hcps.org with any questions on submitting public comments at the Board of Education Business meeting. Thank you.
UPDATE: JUNE 24, 2020
This information will be sent to all current Kindergarten through grade 8 (entering grade 9 in the 2020-2021 school year) families on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
This summer, HCPS is introducing, Stars of Summer, a virtual, camp-like summer school experience for all kindergarten through incoming grade nine (for the 2020-21 school year) HCPS students. Stars of Summer participants will have unique opportunities to explore and engage in experiences catered to their age group from July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday. Teacher-led experiences for students in kindergarten through first grade will focus on literacy and numeracy-centered experiences while students in second through ninth grade will see experiences in all content areas ranging from topics like acting, cooking, science, social justice, writing, and more!
Class sizes will be capped at fifteen students so be sure to tune in July 1 for the program information release and save the dates, July 20 through August 14, Monday through Thursday to participate in Stars of Summer!
Information will be released on hcps.org as well as on HCPS social media channels on July 1. If you have an email address in our mass communication system, we will also email the program information directly to you on July 1. Once the information is released, parents and guardians can find registration information at hcps.org.
UPDATE: JUNE 18, 2020
The following information will be shared with parents/guardians of middle and high school students via Connect5, our mass communication system, on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
As shared in April, all parents and guardians have access to an electronic report card for the fourth quarter and moving forward. The Home Access Center, or HAC, is an online portal that allows parents and guardians to log in and view information pertaining to their child’s attendance, classes, grades, and registration information. Please note that HAC allows one account to be established per child.
If you have not established a HAC account yet, you will need to create an account. Directions to set up an account are posted on the COVID-19 webpage on hcps.org. A HAC account will need to be established in order to access your child’s report card. Grades are to be posted on HAC by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Parents who have technical difficulties establishing a HAC account should contact HomeAccessCenter@hcps.org for assistance. Parents with students in middle and high school should contact their administrator or school counselor with non-technical questions.
UPDATE: JUNE 15, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BUSINESS MEETING
FOR JUNE 22, 2020 6:30 P.M.
On June 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the Board of Education of Harford County Business Meeting will be hosted virtually. The Audio Live Stream will be available on HCPS.ORG/BOE/LIVESTREAM.
Community members who wish to submit public comment may do so by submitting comments in writing at Contact Board of Education no later than 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020.
The following information must be provided in the contact form when submitting comments:
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