Dr. Dianna Abney named Chair of newly formed Fresh Start Academy Advisory Board

Waldorf, MD- Superintendent Kimberly Hill has announced the Fresh Start Academy Advisory Board, which is composed of members representing the community and various organizations.

Dr. Dianna Abney, a Waldorf pediatrician and former director of the Charles County Department of Health, is the advisory board chair. The board will offer input and feedback on the Academy programs, policies and practices.

Other board members include: Catherine Meyers, representing the Center for Children; Linda McLaughlin, representing the Education Association of Charles County (EACC); Yolanda Christian, representing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Janice Wilson, selected by the Board of Education; Del. C.T. Wilson, representing the Charles County Delegation; Kim Johnson, selected by the Charles County Commissioners; Dyotha Sweat and Christienne Coleman-Warren, representing the NAACP; and DaVida Usual, elementary parent representative.

“We have asked the Advisory Board to help us think about how to best serve students in the program and offer perspectives for us to consider as we move forward,” Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill said.

The Fresh Start Academy Advisory Board will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21.

About Fresh Start Academy

Fresh Start Academy is a regular education CCPS program for children in kindergarten through Grade 2. It is structured to help students who are still discovering how to adjust to school and to provide them the tools they need to access the curriculum and successfully return to their home school. The program is for students whose academic success is impacted due to disruptive, destructive or aggressive behaviors.


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