SMCPS Presents its State of the Schools Address to the County

On Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the J.T.  Daugherty Conference  Center, St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Martirano presented his annual State of the Schools address. In his remarks, Martirano cheerfully discussed the steady improvements by students and staff on various achievement test scores.

Highlighted were improvements made by students in the Maryland School Assessment testing that showed students in grades 3 through 8 are testing well above state averages in all but one instance.

In the High School Assessments, SMCPS students consistently showed improvement over previous years toward the core learning goals. Martirano also highlighted the improvements of students in the SAT tests which show more improvement each year.

Martirano also congratulated teachers who have excelled during the past year for attaining professional recognition. Included in that recognition were Therese Gittens of Lexington Park Elementary School designated as SMCPS Teacher of the Year and Kimberly Reynolds of Leonardtown High School – recipient of The Washington Post 2009 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Maureen Montgomery of Spring Ridge Middle School who received accolades as the Washington Posts 2009 Distinguished Educational Leader.

During the speech there were frank discussions about the state of funding for the school system and the struggles of maintaining a workable funding of school operations and the steps taken to save resources and money across the system, throughout each school in every public school-owned or operated facility. Martirano also discussed the requirement to give back $750,000 to the County so it would be able to address the cuts forced on the county by the state.

Ending his speech on a positive note, Martirano emphasized that “Education cannot suffer in St. Mary’s County. It must remain a top priority. We have made significant gains and we cannot backslide. We must meet the demands of increased fuel and energy costs, rising health care costs, and the need for competitive wages, and still allowing opportunities to continue programs needed to address the instructional needs of all children. We must address current instructional needs to ensure a high quality education is provided for all children. We must continually do better. As I have stated emphatically, it is all about the children and our children are exceptional,” said Martirano.

For the entire State of the School speech, click here.


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