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PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Partnership Supports Students Well-Being

April 7th, 2015

The Howard County Public School System is partnering with PFLAG Columbia-Howard County to help increase levels of understanding about topics central to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, faculty, and staff. The partnership will be formalized with an official partnership signing Friday, April 10 at the Sheraton Columbia Waterside Restaurant, 10207 Wincopin Circle.

PFLAG will collaborate with HCPSS staff to share resources and information regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. PFLAG representatives will also serve on HCPSS advisory councils to provide input on LGBT issues that relate specifically to students. This partnership is aligned with Vision 2018 strategies to engender a culture of trust, transparency, and mutual respect.

Howard County Board of Education Vice Chairman Ann De Lacy and Board member Christine O’Connor; HCPSS Chief of Staff Susan Mascaro, and Executive Director Special Education and Student Services Patricia Daley will join PFLAG Chair Susan Garner, Vice Chair Sean McGovern and Transgender Coordinator Catherine Hyde to sign the formal partnership agreement at the April 10 event.

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.

The Howard County Public School System’s Partnerships Office unites businesses and community organizations with schools to enhance the educational experience. Partnerships benefit schools, businesses, and the entire community by leveraging the resources of all participants. Partners may commit human or financial resources or other support.

For more information, contact Partnerships Office Manager Mary Schiller at 410-313-6655 or