March 12 // Baltimore County school board OKs $205 million technology contract

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to approve one of its largest contracts in recent years, an ambitious $205 million plan to supply laptop computers to the system's 150,000 students and teachers over the next seven years. The school system will lease HP EliteBook Revolves, the centerpiece of Superintendent Dallas Dance's initiative to put a laptop in the hands of every student in the next several years. (Balt. Sun)

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City school board approves Thornton contract

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to give a four-year contract worth more than $1 million to Gregory Thornton, the Milwaukee administrator introduced last month as the next superintendent of the school system. The contract, approved unanimously by the board, includes a base salary of $290,000 for Thornton, who takes his post July 1. That salary is tied with that of the Prince George's County schools superintendent, currently the highest-paid superintendent in Maryland, state salary records show. (Balt. Sun)

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County Council members want Montgomery students to get unlimited fruits, vegetables

Students who buy lunch in Montgomery County should get all-you-can eat fruits and vegetables, under a new plan by two County Council members. Montgomery County Council President Craig L. Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown and Vice President George L. Leventhal (D- At Large) of Takoma Park sent Superintendent Joshua P. Starr a letter on Monday, advocating for support of their Healthy Food Program for Students. (Gazette)

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First of 3 SMCM president finalists visits campus

The first of three finalists who could become the next president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland touted his knowledge of higher education in the state as well as his admiration of liberal arts during a visit to the campus last week. “The liberal arts college is a world I know from different angles,” Charles Caramello, University of Maryland’s associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school, said to a crowded hall on campus last Thursday. “I think it is a transformational experience.” (Enterprise)

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Search for new Anne Arundel superintendent narrowed to 7 candidates

Anne Arundel County school officials have whittled their list of superintendent candidates from more than 50 to seven. Fifty-five people applied to replace Kevin Maxwell, who left Anne Arundel last year to take over the school system in Prince George's. That list was narrowed from 12 and then again to seven, who will be interviewed by members of the Board of Education. After those interviews, board members will narrow the list further. Those candidates will meet with a 20-member community panel. (Balt. Sun)

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Athletic trainers on the sidelines in Montgomery County Public Schools

Dr. Carter Mitchell said he was on the sideline of a high school football game this school year when a player was hit and fell to the ground. Mitchell ran out on the field with Becky Taylor, a certified athletic trainer assigned to Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring as part of a pilot program that started this year at 11 Montgomery County public high schools. For Mitchell — who attends some Sherwood games with Taylor — the incident highlights the importance of having trainers at school games. (Gazette)

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Montgomery County schools to look at personalized learning

Six county public schools soon will look to get personal. As part of its efforts to help schools better reach underperforming students, the school system will form a group of six schools interested in developing instruction plans focused on the interests and strengths of individual students, according to Kimberly A. Statham, deputy superintendent of teaching, learning and programs. (Gazette)

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Harford school board meets next student rep

The next student representative on the Harford County Board of Education was recognized during Monday night's board meeting, several months before she will take her seat for the 2014-2015 school year. Hannah Jones, 17 and a junior at Patterson Mill High School, was elected in December 2013 by the members of the Harford County Regional Association of Student Councils to represent Harford County Public Schools' 38,000 students. (Balt. Sun)

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