Verletta WhiteJanuary 2018

Dear Team BCPS,

Happy New Year!

Schools have the opportunity to start each year twice; first, during fall and then, in January. I sincerely hope that your winter break gave you the gift of time to spend with loved ones, as well as the chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

While our budget process spans the year, in January, there are important milestones for public input. I will propose the operating budget for 2018-2019 to the Board of Education at their meeting on January 9, with a focus on ensuring that we are providing “people for our people.” In other words, while programs, resources, and technology will always be important, nothing substitutes for the contributions of our talented staff and leaders.

On January 11, we’ll once again turn the county blue on Team BCPS Day. Be sure to wear blue and send us pictures, videos, and messages on social media using hashtag #BCPSblue, or by emailing

That evening, we will celebrate Educators Appreciation Night as the Towson Tigers men’s basketball team takes on rival Hofstra University featuring special on-court recognition of Team BCPS members and the participation of a BCPS JROTC Color Guard for the national anthem. The game is at 7 p.m. at SECU Arena, and BCPS employees may claim four free tickets by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER (1-855-888-4437), emailing, or presenting a copy of the event flyer at the SECU Arena Ticket Office. Additional tickets can be purchased at a discounted $5 price.

As the month ends, we’ll open the 2018 Team BCPS Stakeholder Survey for students in Grades 4-12, parents, staff, and community members. This is your chance to help shape our budget, staffing, and programs. The online survey only takes about five minutes, and you can complete it on your phone, tablet, or computer. The survey is in 16 languages for students, parents, and community members. Take the survey at from January 29 through March 2. We need your voice!


Verletta White
Interim Superintendent

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