BOE awards $21.75 million contract for new Sharpsburg Elementary School

Crews should be able to break ground on the new Sharpsburg Elementary School by early November following unanimous approval by the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday of a $21,752,700 bid. Board President Melissa Williams was absent. The bid, from Waynesboro Construction Company Inc., was more than $400,000 less than the budgeted $22,182,000. According to Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Proulx, several permits still need to be obtained before crews can start on the three-round, 60,054-square-foot facility. (Herald-Mail)

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50+ Baltimore first-graders to get free bikes

Baltimore beer distributor Legends Limited and Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery have teamed up to support the Can’d Aid Foundation and surprise 52 first graders with bicycles and helmets. The gift is going to students at North Bend Elementary School in Baltimore. (WMAR)

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After lengthy discussion, County Council passes amended school construction fees bill

After lengthy discussion about whether a public hearing was required and multiple council members had voiced their opinion on the matter, the County Council passed a school construction fees bill, originally introduced by council President Bud Otis. Otis (unaffiliated), along with council members Jessica Fitzwater (D), Billy Shreve (R), Tony Chmelik (R) and Kirby Delauter (R), all voted to pass the bill. Jerry Donald (D) and M.C. Keegan-Ayer (D) voted no. (News-Post)

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Plans for new schools in Harford County

Harford County has several schools that need to be rebuilt, and parents at all of them want their school done first. One of them is John Archer School for children with special needs. The plan for the new school was first talked about after an inspection of several schools in the county in 2009. The school was built in 1971 and for nearly 50 years has been serving special needs families. (WMAR)

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Washington Co. school board works on legislative priorities for 2019

The Washington County Board of Education's concerns for the next Maryland General Assembly session are similar to the ones for 2018, continuing to focus on adequate funding, local control and limiting state mandates. The school board met Tuesday to discuss the issues, along with its legislative priorities and watch list for 2019. Board President Melissa Williams was not present. The three proposed initiatives for the January session include amending the Student Safety and Support Act's Reportable Offense Law, amending the Maryland Safe to Learn Act and supporting funding for the Urban Improvement Project in downtown Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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Students in step with culture during annual German-American Day at McDaniel College

More than a dozen high schoolers stood in the center of the WMC Alumni Hall stage, hands holding colorful fabric connected to a center pole. Slowly at first, though rhythmically as confidence grew, the students wound around the pole — some dipped under, others over, as the fabric wrapped around the maypole. The dance was one of a handful students got the chance to learn Tuesday as a part of the 24th annual McDaniel College German-American Day, which allows middle and high school students to participate in workshops and hands-on activities. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore City's Pitts-Ashburton Elementary Middle School treated for rat infestation

Baltimore City school officials are addressing a reported rat infestation this week at an elementary middle school in the East Arlington neighborhood. A school district official confirmed that the Dr. Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary Middle School was experiencing a rat infestation problem this week. Extermination treatments have been applied to the building, district representative Anne Fullerton said in an email Tuesday. The school has since switched its three-day-per-week trash-removal schedule to a daily schedule, and repair crews have sealed exterior holes to keep rodents from entering. (Balt. Sun)

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Five kids in Maryland may have a polio-like disease, as CDC investigates

Health officials said five kids in Maryland are believed to have contracted a virus this fall that has symptoms similar to polio. The state’s health department said the five reported cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) also are being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and are among dozens of cases the federal health agency is looking into across the country. In an email Tuesday, Maryland Department of Health spokeswoman Brittany Fowler said the CDC will “make a determination about the status of the cases” in Maryland “based on clinical and laboratory information.” (Wash. Post)

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