Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has a moratorium in place for students living in some areas of the Milton M. Somers Middle School attendance zone.

Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill approved the moratorium in June 2016 to help alleviate overcrowding at Somers. The moratorium is temporary and affects only students moving into homes built after July 15, 2016, in specific neighborhoods.

Students who live in the St. Charles neighborhoods of Gleneagles South, Gleneagles North, Villages of Wooded Glen and Villages of Piney Reach who moved in to a home built after July 15, 2016 attend Benjamin Stoddert Middle School.

The moratorium is helping to limit growth at Somers, which is over capacity, until the school system conducts a comprehensive middle school redistricting. The school system has requested state funding to start a renovation and expansion at Stoddert in 2019. The redistricting will coincide with the completion of the renovation and expansion, which will modernize Stoddert and add capacity.

Stoddert currently has the space to absorb new growth with estimates of a reduction of about 30 students per year at Somers and an addition of the same number of students at Stoddert.

Additionally, the moratorium also:

  • Allows for students moving into an occupied or resale home in the affected areas to attend Somers;
  • Keeps bus transportation of students in the designated moratorium areas to a minimum without incurring additional transportation costs; and
  • Includes a moratorium in blocks where future development is planned, but where no residents and students reside. The moratorium only affects future growth and future homes.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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