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### Carroll School Staff to Undergo Transition in 2025 Following State Blueprint Requirements

Moving educators and personnel from one school to another within Carroll County to better support schools with economic challenges is anticipated to take place in the upcoming academic year 2025-2026, as communicated by Superintendent Cynthia McCabe at a town hall meeting held at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center on Monday evening.

The reassignment of staff members is foreseen as a component of the state-mandated Blueprint for Maryland’s Future educational reform endeavors. With Maryland currently in the second year of the ten-year Blueprint implementation, uncertainties persist regarding various aspects of the reform.

McCabe emphasized that the adjustments need not be immediate, contrary to previous expectations. She highlighted the available time for strategic planning over the summer and the following year to ensure a thoughtful redistribution of resources in alignment with the Blueprint requirements. The primary focus will involve reallocating resources, predominantly staff members, with a commitment to executing the transition with utmost sensitivity. McCabe assured the community of timely communication to facilitate preparatory measures for the impending changes.

The Blueprint aims to revolutionize Maryland’s educational landscape from early childhood through secondary schooling, striving for universal preparedness among students irrespective of socio-economic status, demographics, or special needs. The reform is structured around five core pillars: early childhood education, recruitment of competent and diverse educators and leaders, fostering college and career readiness, enhancing support systems for student success, and ensuring effective governance and accountability.

During the presentation, McCabe elaborated on Carroll County’s approach to implementing each pillar of the Blueprint, illustrating potential implications such as the reallocation of staff due to the new funding model. The district faces challenges in complying with the Blueprint’s funding regulations, given its lean financial framework and the absence of surplus funds for reallocation to support the Blueprint mandates effectively.

Carroll County Public Schools currently ranks as the 24th district in Maryland concerning non-instructional staff numbers, encompassing roles in administration, finance, human resources, student services, operations, and curriculum development. The Blueprint necessitates the expansion of pre-kindergarten services for 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income households, additional support for English language learners, and a redistribution of resources to cater better to students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

While acknowledging the positive intentions behind the Blueprint, McCabe acknowledged the financial complexities arising from the singular funding source available. The district must navigate the challenge of meeting diverse educational needs within the constraints of a unified budget, potentially entailing resource reallocations among schools.

Specific schools in Carroll County are projected to witness a shift in staffing levels, with northwestern institutions like Taneytown Elementary, Robert Moton Elementary, Winters Mill High, and Francis Scott Key High expected to gain staff members. Conversely, schools in the southeastern region, including Freedom Elementary, Oklahoma Road Middle, Liberty High, and Century High, may experience staff reductions and increased class sizes.

Community members expressed a mix of apprehension and optimism regarding the Blueprint’s implications. Concerns were raised about the potential impact on school safety, resource allocation uncertainties, and the overall transformative effects of the reform. Parents and stakeholders emphasized the need for clarity, stability, and proactive measures to mitigate adverse consequences on students and schools.

McCabe’s proactive engagement with the community reflects a commitment to transparency and collaboration in navigating the complexities of Blueprint implementation. The ongoing dialogue underscores the significance of community involvement and informed decision-making to address the evolving educational landscape in Carroll County.