Nation's principals build playground for Baltimore school

Every principal can use an extra set of hands, but Mary Donnelly of Baltimore's John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School never imagined she'd have 80. School leaders from across the country took to the Southeast Baltimore school's yard Wednesday, building a new playground to replace one whose missing pieces and decrepit structure had become a safety hazard. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Board of Ed denies charter school application

The Carroll County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to reject an application from Sustainable Futures, Inc. to establish the county’s first charter school. While board members voted to deny the application, they encouraged the group to revise their application and resubmit it for the charter school to open in the fall of 2015. (Patuxent)

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Stevenson U. jumps on free-course bandwagon

Stevenson University is getting in on one of the latest education trends — free, no-credit online courses. Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies plans to offer a free, 10-week online forensics course, beginning Sept. 30. The course, called Survey of Forensics, will cover forensic science, cyber forensics and forensic studies. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have become popular among universities. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Prince George’s BOE hires two directors

The Prince George’s County school system has hired a new director to head the district’s transportation system, which fielded numerous complaints last year about late and crowded school buses. Lori Carter-Evans, who ran the Henrico County school district’s transportation system for two years, replaces Thomas Bishop, who resigned earlier this year. Bishop was hired in 2012. (Wash. Post)

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Former BCCC employee sentenced for theft

A 52-year-old former employee of Baltimore City Community College pleaded guilty in Circuit Court on Wednesday to stealing more than $7,000 in student tuition payments and was sentenced to three years' probation and a one-year suspended prison term, the city state's attorney's office announced. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick Board of Education considers Urbana elementary options

Frederick County school officials are debating how to divide students between buildings in the Urbana-Centerville area after construction of Urbana's second elementary school is complete. (News-Post)

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Balto. Co. School Board elects officers

The Baltimore County Board of Education re-elected Lawrence E. Schmidt as its president and chose David Uhlfelder as its new vice president during its yearly election of officers on Tuesday. (WMAR-TV)

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Clinch leaving University of Baltimore

Richard Clinch, the director of economic research at the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, is resigning effective Aug. 1, he said Wednesday. Clinch will take a similar job at Batelle Memorial Institute, a Columbus, Ohio-based firm that also has an office in Aberdeen. (Daily Record)

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