The Howard County Public School System renewed its 21-year-long partnership with the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County last week, the school system announced.
The school system and the Council have been partners since 1992. Under the renewed partnership, the Council will collaborate with the school system to create and maintain an environment “where all students are recognized, supported, strengthened and empowered to meet and exceed high standards of academic excellence and student citizenship,” according to a news release from the system.
Council representatives will meet regularly with school system staff to assess the graduation rates, attendance and academic achievement of black students, and identify areas for improvement.
The Council recognizes the achievement of black students at its annual Celebration of Excellence, where graduating seniors with GPAs of 3.0 or higher are honored, at its annual Celebration of Achievement, which highlights students who have performed well on county and state assessments.