BOE votes for feasibility study about new CCPS Central Office facility

The Carroll County Board of Education discussed a possible option that would keep the central office from being moved to the former North Carroll High School building, closing the discussion with a unanimous vote to move forward with a feasibility study. Superintendent Stephen Guthrie presented a possible idea for a new facility for CCPS Central Office on the Friendship Valley Elementary School campus, as opposed to the current plan from the commissioners. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Summer Youth Work Experience fosters job skills for those with disabilities

Seventeen-year-old Daisha Robinson sat at a small table at Playtime Child Care Center in Westminster. As she sat there on a Tuesday afternoon in August, a little girl in the center’s program ran up and gave her a hug. Another child came up asking for more of the fig bars the children had received as a snack. That interaction with the children is what Robinson said she loves about working at Playtime. Robinson, who was recently offered a permanent position at the center, began working at the childcare facility this summer as a part of a state program that helps those with disabilities acquire work experience. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Bowie High slated to get new turf field, but not until later in the fall

Work crews have begun digging up the football field at Bowie High School so a new synthetic turf field can be installed. However, the field won't be completed until early October, meaning Bowie sports teams will have to compete and practice at other fields during the installation. (Blade-News)

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To combat overcrowding, $1.4M Bennett Middle cafeteria expansion approved

Overcrowding in Bennett Middle School's cafeteria is causing students to sit shoulder to shoulder with close to no room to move around.  With a current population of 1,058 students dispersed throughout grades 6-8, the influx of students since opening in 2015 is too much to bear for the current cafeteria size, pushing the school to add six tables to the stage and some additional seating in the gymnasium. (Daily Times)

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Work starts on Fallston, North Harford turf fields

Contractors are in the process of installing an artificial turf playing field for Fallston High School's football stadium, the oldest such facility in Harford County without a synthetic grass surface. Work also began last week to replace the artificial turf field at North Harford High School, the oldest such field in the county. (Aegis)

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Washington County Board of Education members speak positively of retreat

It was a long day for board members, but one that they said was very worthwhile. The Washington County Board of Education held its first retreat in a handful of years Tuesday, spending time revisiting procedures, team building and discussing important information ahead of the upcoming school year. (Herald-Mail)

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Food Bank program helps feed the needy while training chefs

The Maryland Food Bank is our state’s number one source of food for the needy. Now it’s also helping train a new generation of food professionals. The FoodWorks program, a collaboration with the Community College Of Baltimore County, gets men and women interested in the food industry ready to work in a hotel, restaurant or open their own catering business. It’s accredited, tuition-free and it happens in the kitchen at the Maryland Food Bank. (WJZ-TV)

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August 9 // Baltimore County effort seeks to equip young students with much-needed school supplies

When Arianna Sanchez started as a first-grade teacher at Padonia International Elementary School last school year, she planned to buy extra school supplies to help out students who might be short on pencils and paper. As a first-year teacher, Sanchez said she expected to spend some money on supplies and decorating her classroom, but on her first day some students arrived with much less than she expected. "I had kids come in with one pencil and a backpack," Sanchez said. "I wasn't expecting them to come in with so little. Luckily, there's great support systems for Baltimore County when that happens, but it's mind boggling to think some students don't have those basic needs." (Balt. Sun)

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