All Schools Recognized with PBIS Awards


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All ten Caroline County Public Schools were recognized for their success with schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) systems in the 2019-2020 school year. Awards were presented at the November board of education meeting by Supervisor of Pupil Services William Allen.

Schools were recognized as follows:


  • Denton Elementary – Ms. McCandless, Ms. Baumann
  • Federalsburg Elementary – Mr. Nichols, Mr. Stark
  • Greensboro Elementary – Ms. Swann, Ms. MacFarland
  • Preston Elementary – Mr. Angeloni, Ms. Murray, Ms. Sherman
  • Ridgely Elementary – Mr. Sutton, Ms. Fortner, Ms. Buffenmyer
  • Colonel Richardson High – Dr. VonDenBosch, Mr. Sousa
  • Caroline Career & Technology Center – Ms. Handte, Mr. Cook


  • Colonel Richardson Middle – Dr. Holloway, Ms. Blunt
  • North Caroline High – Mr. Spiker, Ms. Wright

Bronze: Lockerman Middle – Mr. Shepler, Ms. Carmean Reed, Mr. Hynson


At the meeting, principals and PBIS coordinators attended via Zoom, and were thanked for their work.  Superintendent Patricia Saelens stated, “PBIS leadership teams are doing great work in every school. Thanks to their efforts, students learn to make good choices and are able to enjoy a positive school climate which ultimately impacts student achievement.”

PBIS is a framework that schools use to develop interventions according to their school’s needs. The overall intention is to improve the school climate, engage learning and create positive relationships. PBIS Maryland was established in 1999 and continues today as a collaborative partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education, Johns Hopkins University, Sheppard Pratt Health System, and local educational systems.  (