KCPS Support Our Schools


The League of Women Voters graciously granted SOS permission to record a live feed of the 10/22/18 Board of Education Candidate Forum. The recording in it’s entirety has been posted on the SOS Facebook group with the disclaimer that “this video may not be edited in any way, nor may it be used as a part of any Candidate’s Campaign.” Some Facebook users have edited and reposted the video. We respectfully request that those users please delete their post and instead refer others to the complete recording. We would like to continue to provide live feed recordings of future LWV forums but will not be granted permission if this issue is not resolved.

The Support Our Schools (SOS) Initiative is a grassroots advocacy effort devoted to increasing awareness of and support for the needs, challenges, and untapped potential of our public school system—both for the sake of the current student population and for its opportunity to serve as a catalyst for economic development.



  • Increasing the annual school budget which will allow the School Board to proactively improve our schools and provide the resources needed to return basic services that have been recently cut (see list below in sidebar)
  • Raising awareness of the fact that strong public schools are essential to attracting young families to the county—thereby bolstering our economy, increasing real estate values, and revitalizing our workforce
  • Restoring the school district fund balance and giving our elected School Board discretion to use funds as needed without having to appeal to the Commissioners on a case-by-case basis


Occasionally SOS gets mentioned in the press. We’ve collected our small shining moments of fame in our Press Section.


Random Acts of Kindness



The Random Acts of Kindness campaign has contributed over $9,000 to our schools since it’s inception in 2017.

We want every student to participate fully in all the experiences our schools have to offer and make sure that no child is ever hungry – our Principals are helping every day to make that possible. With the Random Acts of Kindness campaign we hope to help raise funds to cover these unplanned end of year expenses. We are asking the community to join us in making a contribution to our schools.



The Commissioners have noted that dwindling enrollment in our public schools has reduced state funding, forcing the County to fill the budget gap. The Commissioners claim the budget they have provided is adequate for meeting the needs of our students.

But there is a huge difference between what is merely adequate and what our County needs to grow and thrive.

Instead of annual budget increases that might improve the quality of district education, the Commissioners’ strategy of bare-bones funding has led to many essential support positions being cut, leaving our teachers and staff stretched thin and unable to focus on the work they have been trained and hired to do. In spite of the many good things happening in our district through sheer effort and will of its tireless employees, our schools continue to suffer from a poor reputation (especially from those who do not have children in the system), in large part due to the limited financial support our teachers and School Board have been granted by the Commissioners.

In the 2006 Comprehensive Plan for Kent County, “a commitment to excellence in the school system” was among the key economic objectives. In the decade since, the County has failed to act on its own recommendations and has arguably moved in the opposite direction. Indeed, today’s Commissioners refuse to acknowledge the role the poor reputation of our schools plays in keeping young families from moving to Kent County—in spite of the fact that interested groups throughout the county consistently identify an investment in improving our public schools as a key opportunity for economic growth.

The Commissioners have also removed the autonomy of the Board of Education by gutting the Board’s discretionary funds and forcing the Board to request funding from the County on a case-by-case basis. This effectively gives all of the decision-making authority to the County, who are then free to make decisions based on budget rather than what’s best for district students.

Until our schools are better funded and until the people we elect to oversee the welfare of our schools are given the freedom they need to make the best decisions for the benefit of our students, our schools have no chance to emerge as the pillar of community strength and economic development they can and should be.

And until a critical mass of parents and fellow citizens stands up to demand that the Commissioners make our schools be made a priority, nothing will change.

Due to reductions in the public school budget, over the past six years, the following positions have been eliminated:

  • 19 teaching positions (8 secondary, 4 elementary, and 4 non-academic [art, music, PE])
  • 12 administrative and curricular support positions (including administrative assistants, a special ed coordinator, an ESOL coordinator (English for Speakers of Other Languages), and a technology coordinator)
  • 14 support positions (including instructional support, tech support, and 2 finance secretaries)


One of the FY19 BOE budget requests was an increase in Maintenance of Effort or MOE. Since a lot of people don’t know what MOE is (we didn’t until a few years ago!) we thought we would share this short video that does a great job explaining it and how when the MOE level stays relatively the same every year it is actually a decrease in the funding being provided.


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If you see potential solutions, speak up! The Board of Ed and County Commissioners can’t know what we’re thinking if we don’t tell them.

Our current Board of Ed members and their contact info can be found HERE. Our current County Commissioners (who are the ones who hold the purse strings for our schools) can be found HERE.

Board of Ed meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 5608 Boundary Avenue in Rock Hall at 6:30 p.m. The County Commissioners meet every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, at 400 High Street in Chestertown (unless otherwise advertised). Public comment usually happens at the end of meetings. If enough people show up for a given topic, they will often move public comment to coincide with their discussion.


SOS supports the efforts of Strong Schools Maryland

Strong Schools Maryland is leading the statewide, grassroots campaign in Maryland to create a world-class education system for every student, especially those who are disproportionately affected by policies because of race, poverty, language, and disability.

Visit the Strong Schools Maryland website for more information.





Kent County Comprehensive Plan

In the most recent Comprehensive Plan, improvements in public education were listed as the third primary objective under “Economy” (see page 12 for visioning and page 75 for highest priority new initiatives).

The 2016 Comprehensive Plan is currently being rewritten. Work sessions with the planning commission are held monthly. Note that the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update Citizen Input Survey made no mention of schools as a factor for living, working or retiring in Kent County.


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