Harford County Public Schools
Harford County Public Schools


The Board of Education of Harford County (Board) is seeking applicants for membership
on its Citizen Advisory Committees. Membership is open to all Harford County residents,
including those without children in the school system. The Special Education Citizens Advisory
Committee is open to any parent of a student with a disability, and no formal application is

Each committee will meet on a regular basis, or as necessary to accomplish its charge.
New members are confirmed in May; members are assigned to one-, two-, or three-year terms.
Regular attendance is vital to maintain the continuity and effectiveness of the committee.

Residents of Harford County interested in serving as a member of any one of these
committees should send a letter of interest to Communications, Harford County Public Schools,
102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014. Letters must include the name of the
committee, complete contact information (name, address, telephone number) and background
information for the applicant, including: membership in community, social and civic groups;
occupation; level of schooling; availability to attend evening meetings; and reasons for wanting
to serve on the committee. For parents and citizens interested in serving on the Special
Education Advisory Committee, meeting dates will be posted on the HCPS calendar and all are


The deadline for application is March 13, 2015. Following the Board appointments in
May 2015, the Citizen Advisory Committees’ coordinators will notify all applicants of the

A brief description of each Citizen Advisory Committee is listed below. Please contact
the coordinator if you have questions concerning a specific committee.


Career and Technology Education
Coordinator: Mrs. Sue Garrett – 410-588-5289
Members of the Career and Technology Education Advisory Council serve as advisors,
advocates, and reviewers for Career and Technology Education Programs, which prepare
students for further education and careers in current and emerging professions. The Council
solicits participation from individuals representing businesses in the ten Maryland Career
Clusters. Council meetings are held at Harford Technical High School from 8:00 – 10:00


Family Life Education
Coordinator: Mrs. Sue Garrett – 410-588-5289
This committee participates with the school system’s Family Life Education Committee in decisions regarding materials to be used in the kindergarten through twelfth grade educational program on Family Life and Human Development and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Gifted Education
Coordinator: Dr. Peter Carpenter – 410-588-5354
The Gifted Education Committee discusses and reviews the impact of the Gifted Education Program on higher student achievement.

Safety and Security
Coordinator: Mr. Bob Benedetto – 410-638-4242
This committee provides input into program improvements and initiatives in the school system. It reviews existing procedures pertaining to safety and security.

Special Education
Coordinator: Dr. Susan Austin – 410-588-5246
The Special Education Committee works in conjunction with the requirements of IDEA in supporting an advisory council for parents of students with disabilities. The committee encourages all members of the community who have an interest in supporting the needs of children with disabilities to join the group. The committee studies the impact of special education services, programs of instruction, service models, funding, as well as costs affecting the school system and its students. No application process is needed to serve on this committee.

As an advisory, each committee makes recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools.



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