About Your School Board
To pre-register to speak at a Board of Education business meeting or public hearing, please complete a brief Sign-up Form.
To see streaming video of the previous two Board of Education meetings, the links are BELOW.
New Vision Statement Planned for WCPS
The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) and Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) are seeking input from Washington County community members, including students, parents, and staff of WCPS, as the school system looks to establish a new vision for public education.
According to a public letter issued recently by BOE President Dr. Justin Hartings, it has been more than ten years since the BOE last developed a vision statement for WCPS. This new vision statement will guide WCPS in creating the educational experiences that students will need to thrive in a 21st Century environment.
Any stakeholder is encouraged to share thoughts or ideas that they have by responding to an online survey found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WCPS_Vision or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The BOE will be taking input throughout the process, but will begin sorting and compiling feedback on October 1st, 2013. You can also share your ideas by speaking directly to a Board Member or Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox.
What do Board Members do?
- Establish a vision for the community’s schools and participate in strategic planning.
- Develop effective policies and review them periodically.
- Provide accountability to the community on student achievement.
- Advocate for the needs of all students at the local, state, and national levels.
- Attend several meetings per month (20+hours per week).
- Hire Superintendent and negotiate contract.
- Evaluate the Superintendent annually.
- Conduct student and employee appeals.
- Approve or reject program proposals.
- Develop, approve, and manage budget.
To find out more about the School Board or to get involved with School Board Service download a School Board Service brochure.
The Elected Board of Education is made up of seven elected members
Members serve four-year terms.
Student Representative to the Board
The Board of Education of Washington County has a Student Representative to the Board who is elected by the membership of the Association of Student Councils for a one-year term. The representative is invited to attend all public sessions of the Board of Education and student opinions on topics of discussion are recorded in the official minutes of the Board.
Email Board Members
- To contact all Board members and the office of the superintendent, with one email, click HERE. Several WCPS staff members will also be copied on the email.
- See all Board Members
The Washington County Board of Education is always looking for interested citizens to fill vacancies on advisory committees. For additional information about the committees that advise the Board:
School Board Business Meetings
Board Business Meetings are held twice-monthly on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Central Office Auditorium located on Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown. The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the meetings that are tentatively scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month and 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, lasting from 2 to 3 hours in length.
Meeting times may vary, so check the Board Meeting Schedule of the website for the latest information. The meetings are also televised live on Antietam Cable Channel 99 and streamed live online.
If you wish to provide comments during the citizen participation portion of a Board of Education meeting or public hearing, please complete the following form and submit:
Watch and Listen to Board Meetings Online
Board of Education meetings are now available on the WCPS YouTube Channel. The channel was established in order to provide all visitors an opportunity to view Board meeting videos without technical restrictions or the need for additional application downloads, as in the case of Apple users.
Board of Education meetings are also available as live streaming video when meetings are scheduled. For users of iPads and other Apple devices, it may be necessary to download the free OPlayerHD Lite app.
Please click on the following link to join a current meeting: Live Board Meeting. This link is only active at the time of a current Board meeting.
If you would like to access the most recent meeting as streaming video, click on the following link: Most Recent Board Meeting.
To access the meeting previous to the most recent meeting, click on the following link: Meeting Previous to the Most Recent Board Meeting.
BoardDocs is a means for WCPS stakeholders to access meeting agendas, minutes, policies & procedures and other information about the business of Washington County Public Schools.