Policies and Procedures Handbook

Last Updated: 3/1/2011
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550


A Procedure to Modify the Curriculum of the Garrett County Public Schools
by Adding or Deleting Programs and Disciplines

Administrative Procedure

 The development and evolution of the curricular offerings in the public schools occurs in essentially four ways:

  1. Teachers, teaching teams, departmental staff, and/or faculties develop course offerings which add to or enrich the curriculum within their areas of responsibility and interest.

  2. Administrators and supervisors in reviewing the needs of children and youth, and in analyzing the scope and sequence of the curriculum institute additions and modifications to the course offerings.

  3. Career and Technology Education classes with a diminishing enrollment trend are placed on alert status.  During the year's alert status, the program is evaluated as to reasons for low enrollment and possible solutions are sought.  At the end of that year, a recommendation with input from the school principals and the CTE Advisory Committee is made as to whether to restructure or eliminate that program.

  4. Local and state boards of education and the state and federal legislators implement directives, laws, and by-laws which establish and/or define specific course offerings.

Since the Garrett County Board of Education is responsible for the over-sight of the general curriculum, it is apparent that the board should be kept informed about significant changes made to the curriculum of the public schools. Therefore, when it is believed that new disciplines or subjects should be added to the curriculum, or when existing programs should be deleted from the course offerings, the Principal(s), Supervisors, and Directors under whose purview the proposed addition(s) or deletion(s) fall will propose in writing such change(s) to the Executive Director of Instruction. The Executive Director of Instruction will review the request for addition or deletion of program(s), and if he/she approves, will inform the Superintendent of Schools that the change is being contemplated. The Superintendent of Schools will in turn inform the Public Schools of such pending change at its next regular, or otherwise appropriate, meeting. Such recommendations will not be implemented until the Public Schools has been informed.

This procedure is not intended to limit the staff in any way from revising existing curricula or from enriching the course offerings in any current discipline.


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