For Wor-Wic grads, 'you've only just begun'

Thomas Babcock enrolled into Wor-Wic Community College just after high school in the late 1970s, aspiring to be the best mechanic he could be. Wednesday evening, the 53-year-old Babcock earned an associate of arts degree in general studies, a curriculum of study that exposed him to the latest in computer technology and digital applications in auto mechanics.Best of all, Babcock didn’t quit college as he did four decades ago on his first try as a student at Wor-Wic. (Daily Times)

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Howard grad ready for second run at Board of Education

Corey Andrews may only be 19 years old, but he believes his recent experiences in the Howard County Public School System make him best suited for the Board of Education. "Having come through the school system recently, it gives me an interesting perspective," Andrews said. "Candidates that are traditional candidates don't have the same perspective that I have." This is Andrews' second run for the board. (Balt. Sun)

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William and Mary’s tuition two-step: raise prices for freshmen, then freeze for four years

Tuition and fees for new Virginia students at the College of William and Mary in the next school year will be 14 percent higher than the in-state price for current freshmen, echoing a major increase approved the year before. The public college in Williamsburg is also continuing for a second year its unusual guarantee that tuition will not rise for in-state students in the four years after they enroll. William and Mary’s in-state price is the highest among Virginia’s public universities. The in-state price at the University of Maryland and several other public universities in Maryland is expected to rise about 3 percent. (Wash. Post)

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School board candidate from Potomac looks to expand community input

Merry Eisner-Heidorn has her sights set on an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Board of Education to help improve budget transparency, broaden the group of people providing input to the county school system, and increase teacher planning and training time. Eisner-Heidorn, 56, who has twin 10th-graders at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, said she would bring to the board experiences ranging from the county parent-teacher association to state politics to school system work groups. (Gazette)

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Harford school lunch prices to increase next year

The cost of prepaid lunch will hit the $2 mark for both elementary and secondary students in Harford County Public Schools next year. The prepaid school lunch price is set to increase 10 cents during the 2014-2015 school year to $2 for elementary and $2.10 for secondary schools, according to school officials. The price of reduced lunch for eligible students will remain at 40 cents next school year. Assistant Superintendent of Business Services James M. Jewell said the increase is based on a federal mandate from the Food Nutrition Act which sets prices. (Balt. Sun)

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May 7 // O'Malley orders school construction study

Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered a study on school construction funding in Maryland. The governor announced he was directing the Interagency Committee on School Construction to work with the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Legislative Services to conduct the study. O'Malley has made school construction funding a top priority of his tenure in Annapolis. (AP)

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Morgan State board extends president's contract

The Morgan State University Board of Regents on Tuesday extended President David Wilson's contract indefinitely. The new contract begins July 1, when his current one expires, and has no end date — rather, Wilson will serve "at the pleasure of the Board." "Morgan is a very special institution, which I have enjoyed leading now for four wonderful years," Wilson said in a statement. "Granted, we have a lot to do but our trajectory is upward." (Balt. Sun)

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Griffith named Talbot County school superintendent

The Talbot County Board of Education unanimously offered interim superintendent Kelly Griffith the position of permanent superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools during a special meeting, Tuesday May 6. “I am honored to be given this opportunity by the board to serve as the Talbot County Public School Superintendent,” Griffith said. (Star-Democrat)

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