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Authority and Responsibility of the Board of Education and the Superintendent
Collective Bargaining Information
Board of Education Contact Information
Regular meetings of the Board of Education are normally held on the second and fourth
each month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. Special meetings may also be held
the year. All meetings are announced in advance in the newspapers or the HCPS web site
other print/electronic media including the Harford Cable Network. Meetings are open to
public unless otherwise announced.
If you wish to appear before the board, please complete a public comment form located at
entrance of the Board room. Comment cards must be completed and placed in the comment
to the start of the Board meeting. Cards will be collected and called in the order
Those who wish to speak after the Board meeting has started, may submit their comments
writing to the Board President at 102 S. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014. Please note
following time restrictions for public comments. Three minutes - Individual. Five
To request disability-related reasonable accommodations, please call 410-838-7300
voice, 7-1-1 TTY or e-mail Jillian.Lader@hcps.org
at least three days prior to the meeting/event.
Instructions for Virtual Public Comment
Submit Comments for Virtual Board Meetings
The Audit Committee’s primary duties and responsibilities as established by the
Committee Charter are to: serve as an independent and objective party to monitor the
District’s financial reporting process and internal controls; review and appraise
efforts of the external auditors, financial and senior management and the Internal
and provide an open avenue of communication among the external auditors, financial
senior management, the Internal Auditor and the Board.
The Office of Internal Audit is responsible for assisting the Board of Education of Harford County and Harford County Public Schools by providing objective reviews of operations to confirm efficient and effective use of resources, improve internal controls, and strengthen Harford County Public Schools operations. The main objective is to add transparency and accountability of HCPS, its leaders and employees. The Board of Education of Harford County has established the Office of Internal Audit through the Office of Internal Audit's Board Policy . Additionally, the Board approved the Office of Internal
to define the internal audit activity's purpose, authority, and responsibility.
In July 2019, the Chief Auditor requested its first ever peer review and received the highest rating possible. The review included scrutiny of our internal quality control system to ensure that it is adequately designed and operating effectively. This provides reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards and the organization's established policies and procedures.
Peer Review Report
2019 ALGA Peer Review
Annual Audit Plan
Each year, the Office of Internal Audit submits its risk based annual audit plan to the Board of Education of Harford County for its approval. The Audit Plan communicates the internal audit activity's plans for the year. All significant changes will be communicated to the Board of Education and senior management.
FY2021 Audit Plan
FY2020 Audit Plan
FY2019 Audit Plan
FY2018 Audit Plan
Organizationally the Office of Internal Audit reports to the Board of Education of Harford County. The Audit Committee is a group of citizens and Board Members who provide additional guidance to the Office of Internal Audit. The Audit Committee serves to promote, maintain, and enhance the independence and objectivity of the internal audit function by ensuring broad audit coverage, adequate consideration of audit reports, and appropriate action on recommendations.
Laura J. Tucholski, CPA, CIA, CFE, CRMA
Charlene E. Riley, CISA, CIA
Administrative Support Specialist
FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE
The Board of Education of Harford County encourages any concerned individual to report financial fraud, waste, abuse, or violation of Board of Education Policy and HCPS procedures. This Hotline can also be used to report violations of the HCPS coronavirus reopening guidelines in order for us to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.
Financial fraud consists of ways by which HCPS employees or vendors use their employment status or vendor relationship to take funds for themselves or others at the expense of HCPS. Financial waste or abuse of financial resources includes ways that HCPS employees or vendors improperly, carelessly, or excessively spend, consume, mismanage, or misuse HCPS resources. Waste also includes spending unnecessarily as a result of inefficient or ineffective practices. Board of Education Policy and HCPS procedures are available on hcps.org. HCPS COVID-19 guidelines can be found through #HCPStogether on hcps.org.
Please note all reports come directly to the Chief Auditor and are kept confidential.
Call: Fraud Hotline
Waste or Abuse Reporting
Please email the completed form to the Chief Auditor,
This is an important request of families with students in 4th through 12th grade.
If your student brought their HCPS-issued Chromebook or laptop home with them this weekend, please have them plug in the device to an electrical outlet, and power on the device. Please have your student sign in, and leave the device powered on for approximately one hour. This will prompt the device to receive required updates.
Allowing devices to update at home this weekend will save students and staff time completing the updates on their devices at school next week.
If your student’s device was left in the school, they will receive the updates when they log on at school and no further action is needed on your part.
In June of 2021, the Superintendent received boundary adjustment recommendations. These recommendations were from the Advisory Team charged to evaluate and develop potential solutions to balance enrollment throughout the HCPS school district. Since receiving the recommendations, the Superintendent has been working with HCPS staff to develop draft recommendations that will be presented to the public for additional input.
Thank you to all who have been involved in the process to date and have provided feedback during the first two phases of the process. The data gathered through community input provided the guidance needed by the Advisory Team. Stakeholder responses to surveys, attendance at various education forums, Board of Education meetings, and the many submissions of testimony and alternate suggestions have provided much-needed feedback throughout the process so far.
As we continue with the third phase of the process, we again ask for public involvement and feedback on the Superintendent’s recommendations to address overcrowding in our schools. Using this feedback, he will forward his recommendation to the Board of Education in October 2021. The Board of Education will make a final decision in February 2022.
The virtual public input forums will take place via Zoom from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the dates below. During these forums, participants will be put into small discussion groups to provide feedback on the changes. For this reason, community members who plan to participate in a virtual forum are asked to register their intent to attend by clicking the date below. Please note, registration for an event will close 48 hours prior to the event date.
It is suggested the public participate in the forum associated with your secondary attendance area; however, participants are not required to attend the meeting with their attendance area listed. You may address any attendance area at any of the forums listed.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (Fallston, Joppatowne, and North Harford)
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, and Edgewood)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 (Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, and Patterson Mill)
As a reminder, the Superintendent’s draft recommendations, boundary maps, and map books associated with the boundary adjustments being proposed, are available on the Balancing Enrollment page on hcps.org.
Additionally, please be advised notifications and updates will be communicated via HCPS’ Connect5 phone, email, text, and posted to the HCPS Balancing Enrollment Webpage. You are encouraged to register for or update your information for HCPS communications at the links below. This will ensure you receive all direct mass communication about the balancing enrollment initiative as we move forward in the process.
Community Members https://hcpscommunityconnect.bbcportal.com/
Parents/Guardians - https://hcpsparentconnect.bbcportal.com/
Thank you for your continued engagement and participation.
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