Charles County School System Prepares For 2008-09 School Year

LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 19, 2008)—Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) expects to welcome more than 26,700 students on Monday, Aug. 25, for the 2008-09 school year. Prekindergarten and Three's program students start school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The county's newest and 21st elementary school, Mary B. Neal Elementary School, will open to an anticipated 600 students. Neal, designed to relieve overcrowding at a number of other elementary schools, is located off Piney Church Road in Waldorf and will eventually house more than 775 students.

Meal prices for students increased $.10 for students. Elementary school students will pay $1.15 for breakfast and $2.05 for lunch. Middle and high school students will pay $1.30 for breakfast and $2.30 for lunch.

Four Charles County Public elementary schools are undergoing renovations and will receive additions to provide accommodations for full day kindergarten increases. The renovations are being done at C. Paul Barnhart, Gale-Bailey, T.C. Martin and Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy elementary schools.

Students graduating from CCPS this year, in the Class of 2009, must pass the mandated High School Assessment (HSA) in English II, local, state and national government, algebra I and biology in order to graduate. Graduates must also complete student service learning requirements.

For information about the school system, visit the CCPS Web site, . The site contains e-mail addresses, links to all schools and centers, education-related links, school facts and information and the latest news from Charles County Public Schools.

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