Progress continues in planning for two new Havre de Grace schools

Havre de Grace City Council President David Glenn is getting more excited about the new combined middle and high school in the city and other possibilities it could bring. With the school system moving forward on the new building, Glenn said he and Mayor Bill Martin met several weeks ago with Harford County Executive Barry Glassman to discuss what will happen to the existing gymnasium and auditorium on Congress Avenue once the new school is built. "No decision was made, but the message I took away from that was that the path forward is still happening," Glenn said at Monday night's city council meeting. (Aegis)

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Inaugural Bet on Baltimore Youth Entrepreneurship Program graduates first class

Artaz Cotton believes there are too many followers in this world. That's why he wants to be a leader. The rising senior at West Baltimore's Green Street Academy spent eight weeks this summer learning how to do just that as an intern in the Bet on Baltimore Youth Entrepreneurship Program's pilot class. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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McKay, Hancock council discuss after-school funding

Del. Mike McKay was in Hancock on Wednesday to report on the last legislative session, but he wound up discussing some current issues. McKay, R-Washington/Allegany, presented binders of paperwork about the bills passed during the 2017 session of the General Assembly and the votes he cast. During McKay's appearance, Hancock Councilman Timothy Boyer brought up funding for an after-school program run through the Boys & Girls Club. Washington County officials opted not to apply this year for the $120,000 to $130,000 state grant the club has received annually for three of its seven after-school programs. The club is asking for financial assistance from the community to continue serving the 200 children that are enrolled in the Cascade, Hancock and Williamsport clubs. (Herald-Mail)

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August 10 // Schools in MD required to stock naloxone

It might be a sign of the times, but the goal is to save lives. Now that message is coming to the classrooms. No one is immune to the opioid epidemic. As overdose deaths continue to spike, educators are on the front line of that battle. That's why lawmakers got behind the Start Talking Maryland Act. The law requires public schools to stock naloxone, and have staff trained to use the overdose-reversal drug. (WMAR-TV)

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City schools consider costs, benefits of relocating North Avenue headquarters

City schools officials are considering moving their administrative headquarters, district officials confirm. Chief of Staff Alison Perkins-Cohen said in a letter to faculty and staff that officials are starting to explore whether keeping the North Avenue headquarters "is the best thing for the district." They're working to commission a study on the short and long term costs of remaining in place or moving, whether the property could be redeveloped, and what the implications of redevelopment might be. (WBAL-radio)

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Appellate court finds state whistleblower laws do not cover Rockville teacher

A Maryland appellate court has decided that state whistleblower laws do not protect a Montgomery County teacher who claims he was punished for telling the press that Richard Montgomery High School was manipulating Advanced Placement statistics. The opinion released in July by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturns a lower judge's finding that the protections do apply to Brian Donlon, a social studies teacher at the high school in Rockville. (Bethesda)

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Health and safety concerns raised at Shady Side cell tower meeting

At a tense meeting Wednesday night, officials who have proposed placing a cellphone tower on the property of Shady Shade Elementary School were met with opposition from neighboring residents worried about the health and safety of children attending the school. Verizon Wireless and Milestone Communications want to place a 114-foot monopole in the woods behind the school, which they say is needed to improve cellphone reception in the area. (Capital)

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Ropes course unveiled at Outward Bound school in Leakin Park

As Ginger Mihalik looks out at a 40-foot-tall challenge course tucked in Leakin Park, she sees more than wood beams, ropes and a zipline. She sees a tool for fostering better relationships between the community and Baltimore police during a time of unprecedented violence and intense distrust. City and park officials gathered Wednesday at the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally unveil the aerial challenge course, the first of its kind in the city. (Balt. Sun)

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