OCPD Issues Heads Up About College Takeover Event Next Month

Ocean City police this week issued a warning about an unsanctioned event planned for late July that will likely bring thousands of unruly visitors to the resort reminiscent of a similar unsanctioned and unannounced event last summer. On Tuesday, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) advised residents and visitors to expect an unsanctioned event that will likely bring thousands of college-aged visitors to the resort on the weekend of July 21-23. The College Beach Weekend event is being promoted on various social media platforms, specifically Twitter under #CBW2K17, encouraging participants to come to Ocean City on those dates for a variety of planned activities. (O.C. Md. News)

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Drug crisis causes drop in local school attendance

The opioid epidemic is showing up in the public school system. Officials report a drop in elementary school attendance — including 21 student enrollment cancellations — related to the drug problem. The issue was revealed Tuesday at a meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education at the Central Office on Washington Street. Officials said the problem was primarily at the elementary school level and was a result of parental drug problems impacting children's daily lives. "We have to report to MSDE (Maryland State Department of Education) our attendance," said Grove. (Times-News)

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Carroll school system, law enforcement train for active assailant situation

Thursday began as a normal day at Winters Mill High School. Announcers read the Pledge of Allegiance and other morning statements. On the right side of a building, a guy wearing a hoodie and a backpack entered the school. Minutes later, announcers called out that the school was on lockdown. The seemingly normal day could have taken a tragic twist, as the guy in the hoodie took several hostages, some reporting injuries. But school is out for summer and it was all a drill to help Carroll County Public Schools, local law enforcement and the Westminster volunteer fire company prepare in case an active assailant situation arises. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Catonsville student gallops toward national rodeo championship

Catonsville's aspiring rodeo star, Charlize Stair, just finished sixth grade, an honor-roll student. She balances her training with playing soccer and a taking part in a book club. She has been riding horses since she was 2. She first learned the English style of riding, which focuses on jumps, which is how her mother, Jennifer Sulin-Stair learned to ride. When Charlize was 6 or 7, she went to a show where she saw rodeo-style events along with English events. The speed and the outfits drew her to rodeo. "I like going fast," Charlize said. "That's my speed, usually." (Balt. Sun)

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May 15 // Frederick County school board approves policy to protect transgender students

A last-minute turnout of opposing residents was not enough to delay a vote on the Frederick County Board of Education’s transgender policy. The board approved the policy Wednesday evening. In part, the policy allows students to choose which bathroom to use based on the gender with which that student identifies. (News-Post)

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Maryland school gives away more than 2,000 books to spur summer reading

It’s one thing to borrow a book from a library. But Theis Williams and his classmates say it’s much more exciting to take one home for keeps. So, as the Great Book Giveaway opened at his school, Theis clutched a favorite by author Eric Carle close to his chest. “I always wanted a dragon book!” said Theis, 4, thrilled at his luck. His enthusiasm was widely shared this week at Saint Francis International School, a Catholic school in Silver Spring, Md., where students got the chance to peruse tables arranged with paperbacks and hardcovers that were theirs for the taking. (Wash. Post)

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Carroll County BOE continues push back on commissioner-approved move to former North Carroll High School

Despite approval last month of the county budget — which includes money to move Carroll County Public Schools Central Office to the former North Carroll High School building — Carroll's school board is asking for the move to be reconsidered. Superintendent Stephen Guthrie brought the issue of the move up again Wednesday night at the June board meeting. The Board of Education has publicly opposed the move before, even going as far as sending an official email opposing the move just before commissioners approved it in April. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Allegany County BOE mulls media fees to cover stadium turf replacement

The Allegany County Board of Education is mulling the idea of charging radio and television stations fees for broadcasting area high school football games. The idea of charging the media is seen as a way for the school board to raise funds to replace the aging artificial turf at Greenway Avenue Stadium. (Times-News)

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