Anne Arundel County in negotiations to buy Glen Burnie land for elementary school

In a pre-election announcement, County Executive Steve Schuh revealed he was eyeing land in Glen Burnie for a future elementary school but did not disclose its exact address or estimated purchase price. The county is in negotiations to purchase 8.3 acres off Marley Neck Boulevard, south of Fort Smallwood Road and across from the Creekside Village Community, according to Owen McEvoy, a spokesperson for the county executive. (Capital)

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Md. superintendent hopes young children will increase pedestrian safety

As local and state officials consider what can be done to improve pedestrian safety, 10 days after four teenagers were hit by a car as they waited for a school bus on Georgia Avenue, the head of public schools says a proven technique is already being used. Superintendent Jack Smith says the county is using a lesson learned 40 years ago, when society attempted to school adults. Smith said he is speaking with other county officials to better leverage their attempts to improve pedestrian safety, “about things we can do to together to encourage the state to make changes that we see locally are needed. (WTOP)

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Calvert Hall Greenhouse Has Students Getting Down In The Dirt With New Greenhouse

There’s something new on the campus of Calvert Hall College in Towson. It’s a 600-square foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse that will provide the school’s nearly 1,200 students with hands-on opportunities in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. “It allows our young men, in science courses particularly, to apply the things they’ve learned in the classroom in a real-life situation, and it gets dirt under their fingernails,” said Brother James, the chairman of the Calvert Hall science department. (WJZ-CBS)

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Northfield Elementary in Ellicott City turns the big 5-0 with 'the biggest birthday party'

Party hats, popcorn and birthday decorations filled the hallways and playground of Northfield Elementary School on Thursday to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. “This is the biggest birthday party I ever went to,” Cathleen Lopez, the school’s principal, said to all students, staff and guests at the afternoon celebration on the school’s playground. The Ellicott City school opened in 1968 and was renovated in 1986 and 2011. An addition in 2007 expanded the building, which has more than 700 students and about 100 staff. (Balt. Sun)

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Worcester Tech In Running For Cash Prize

Welding students at Worcester Technical High School are hoping a national contest could bring them a new classroom. Worcester Technical High School is one of three finalists in the Channellock Trade School Trade-Up contest. If the school’s video earns the most votes in the tool company’s Facebook contest, the school could win a $5,000 cash prize, new tools and a classroom makeover. “Welding is in its fourth year at Worcester Tech,” Principal Tom Zimmer said. “It’s one of the most demanded classes. Getting more tools will allow us to expose more students to the welding world.” (O.C. Md. News)

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October 18 // In school calendar talks, board members suggest Veterans Day be a holiday for students

Two school board members last week suggested a change to the 2019-20 school calendar that would give students off on Veterans Day. “Because quite frankly, the U.S Army is our largest single employer and we have quite a lot of veterans in our community,” Thomas Fitzpatrick, a member of the Harford County Board of Education, said at the Oct. 8 meeting. (Aegis)

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Baltimore City Community College names new president

Working to reinvent itself and improve its graduation rates, Baltimore City Community College named a new president Wednesday with experience in helping transform a similarly sized institution. Debra L. McCurdy, who has served as president of Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio, for the past 11 years, will take the job in the spring semester. (Balt. Sun)

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Delegate Folden calls for independent review of claims against FCC president

Maryland Delegate William Folden called for a vote by the Frederick Community College board of trustees at its monthly meeting to allow independent investigations of complaints that FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster has been verbally and physically abusive toward faculty and administrators at the college. “I’ve met with numerous faculty who have been on the receiving end of [Burmaster’s] aggressive outbursts, up to and including inappropriate physical contact. This simply cannot happen,” Folden (R-District 3B) said at Wednesday’s meeting. (News-Post)

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