Our Operational Record of Success

  • High employee retention rates. The teacher turnover rate in 2009 was 4.6 percent, far below the national average of16.8 percent.
  • Employees report high satisfaction rates with their work. In 2009, more than 91 percent of elementary, middle, and high school staff members reported that they were satisfied with their jobs. The rate for non-school-based staff was 84.8 percent.
  • Principals report high satisfaction rates with the departments that provide critical services to their schools: The Division of Construction has kept a 4.25 rating on a scale of 5.0 since 2003, while the Department of School Plant Operations rated a 4.4 on a 5.0 scale in 2009, up from 4.38 in 2008.
  • Centralized photocopying services will return more than 50,000 hours of instructional and planning time to teachers in 2010-2011.
  • Energy conservation and recycling programs at all 200 schools and of ces saved $632,000 in 2006; $2.5 million in 2009.
  • MCPS mail service delivers letters and packages faster and more economically than the U.S. Postal Service. MCPS spends about 33 cents per letter delivery, compared to the average 46 cents that it would cost via the U.S. Postal Service.
  • In-house copier repair service  xes copy machines faster, cheaper and better than outside vendors and saves MCPS approximately $1.5 million per year.
  • On-time completion of construction projects rose from 90 percent in 2007 to 100 percent in 2009.
  • First school system in the Maryland/Virginia region to enter innovative, public-private partnership to install solar panels at eight schools that generate 1,148 kilowatt hours of energy each day, resulting in significant energy cost savings. Installation costs of $7 million absorbed by private partner, not MCPS.
  • Commitment to communication with families through numerous methods: More than 2.5 million emailed newsletters (published in six languages) in 2009-2010 school year; 50,000 subscribers to Alert MCPS instant message and texting service to provide breaking news information in regard to weather-related and other emergencies in schools, Connect-ED automated call system for schools to deliver important information to homes, 5,000 followers on Twitter, and a website that attracted 3 million unique visitors