Board Committees

As stated in Board Policy 101, the Board believes that public schools are strengthened when communities are actively engaged in the education process. In support of this belief, the Board is committed to providing advisory committees which allow interested community members to serve and to provide input to the Board in the following areas (see vacancies below):

  • Board of Education Policy Committee -- Develops and revises policies to govern the operation of the school system in accordance with expectations outlined in Policy 114 on a consistent cycle, with the goal of every three years cycle. The committee will review each policy with regard to:
    1. Relevance and effectiveness.
    2. As needed to align and comply with updates or changes in state, federal, local laws or regulations.
  • Calendar Committee -- Makes recommendations of a school calendar to the Board with the goals of maximizing consistent instructional time for students, opportunities for professional growth for teachers and increasing student achievement.
  • Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) -- The Board establishes the CAC as a standing committee which reports directly to the Board and serves as a channel for public concerns, advice and information as identified by the Board. The CAC may also respond to specific requests for research, at the direction of the majority of the Board, and make recommendations on specific topics impacting educational decisions and programs in Frederick County. The CAC exists as a subsidiary of the Board and as such may not act independently of the Board or inconsistently with policy or direction provided by the Board.
  • Curriculum and Instruction Committee -- Reviews new curriculum, instructional programs, state or federal legislation which affects curriculum, instricution or school administration, and provides recommendations as appropriate to the Board.
  • Ethics Panel – Provides advisory opinions, investigates complaints alleging an ethics violation by the Superintendent or a Board member and reports its findings and recommendations for action to the Board, and reviews annual disclosure statements.
  • Family Life Advisory Committee (FLAC) -- Reviews instructional material to be submitted to the Superintendent for consideration when recommending instructional material to be approved by the Board, taking into consideration the sensitive nature of comprehensive family life and HIV prevention education in schools.
  • Frederick County Career and Technology Advisory Council -- Serves as the overall career and technology education advisory body for FCPS and Frederick Community College; purpose is to advise, support and foster closer Board Policy 101 Page 2 cooperation and better understanding of career and technology education in industry, community, home and school.
  • Frederick County Public Schools Gifts for Education Committee -- Advises the board on matters pertaining to funds generated through the Endowment Fund, the Donor Restricted Projects Fund and the Current Initiative Fund for the exclusive purpose of meeting educational goals within FCPS to enrich students' learning experiences and ensure the highest quality education.
  • Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) -- Advises the Special Education Department and the Board regarding the needs of students with disabilities within FCPS.

Board Committee Vacancies

Calendar Committee

The Calendar Committee is not accepting vacancy applications at this time.

Ethics Committee

The Board of Education of Frederick County announces vacancies on its Ethics Panel.

The Ethics Panel has one opening for a volunteer to serve a three-year term that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2021. The Board also seeks one alternate member for the same term. Appointees interpret ethics regulations, advise on ethics issues and review financial disclosure statements. The panel meets about three times per school year to fulfill responsibilities under the Maryland Ethics Law and Board Policy 109.

It is expected that members attend regularly scheduled meetings, which typically occur during the day. FCPS employees are not eligible to serve.

To apply, email a letter of interest, relevant background information and contact information by April 27, 2018 to For further information, call 301-696-6850.

For more information about the above vacancies, contact BOE Executive Assistant Debbie Wachter-Harne, 301-696-6850.

Citizens Advisory Council

The Citizens Advisory Council is not accepting vacancy applications at this time.

Family Life Advisory Committee

The Family Life Advisory Committee is not accepting vacancy applications at this time.