More than 1,200 students to change schools after Frederick County redistricting plan approved

A last-minute maneuver by a county school board member means nearly 100 percent of Waverley Elementary School students will qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Board of Education member Ken Kerr proposed the amendment, which passed 4-2 Wednesday night, to take 57 students who live in the Elmwood Terrace Apartments and have them remain in the Waverley school district. Then, 47 students in two other planning blocks, which are near more affluent communities, were moved from Waverley to Butterfly Ridge, which is the under construction. The board approved the redistricting plan, which will move about 1,242 students to different schools. (News-Post)

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New Allegany High on schedule for 2018 opening

The new $51 million Allegany High School under construction on Haystack Mountain is on schedule for an August 2018 opening, according to officials. Construction crews had been facing delays on receiving shipments of bricks. However, the materials have arrived and the project is back on schedule, according to Vince Montana, director of facilities for the Allegany County Board of Education. (Times-News)

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Washington County Public Schools summer-meal program helps needy families

When students in Washington County Public Schools go home for summer, many from needy families don't have regular access to food like they do in their school cafeterias. That is why the school system brings it to them with the Summer Food Service Program. (Herald-Mail)

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Wilde Lake High teacher retires after 28-year teaching career

As a Howard County educator for nearly three decades, Charlie Shoemaker, 58, says his passion for learning paved a way to connect with his students on a deeper level, particularly with those who needed some extra guidance. The Columbia resident spent 27 of his 28-year teaching career at Wilde Lake High School, where he established the alternative learning program for struggling students. As he retires this month, Shoemaker said he will conclude his journey, leaving behind a bridge to success that he helped create for all students. (Howard)

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Baltimore teen graduates high school at 15

Mayor Catherine Pugh honored a 15-year-old boy Wednesday who just graduated high school. Solomon Gibson received his high school diploma from Baltimore City College with a 4.6 GPA. This young prodigy is headed to college a year before his older sister, who is 17, and three years ahead of his twin sister. (WMAR-TV)

 

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At Arbutus Middle School, students gain insight on personal finance

Want to know the difference between disposable and discretionary income? Ask these eighth-graders. "Disposable income is what you have left after you pay taxes and before you pay your bills," said Justin Maddox, an eighth-grader at Arbutus Middle School who lives in Baltimore Highlands. "Discretionary income is what you have after you get the taxes off and you pay your bills. It's basically what you have what left over." Justin was one of eight students in the school's Academy of Finance program, designed to give students an introduction to money management. (Arbutus)

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June 14 // Baltimore County passes compromise redistricting plan for eight schools

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night on a compromise redistricting plan for eight elementary schools on the east side that balances opposing needs in two communities. The board voted to keep all current Orems Elementary School students in the school, but slightly more than 90 students from Shady Springs, a school to the northwest with a high minority enrollment, will be moved into Orems. Orems will become 40 percent minority in the process. The plan, passed by an 8-4 vote, will take effect during the 2018-2019 school year when a new building for Victory Villa Elementary is complete. Built to hold 700 students, the school will help relieve overcrowding at several schools including Shady Springs. (Balt. Sun)

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$446 million Harford County Public Schools budget approved for fiscal 2018

A $446 million Harford County Public Schools unrestricted operating budget for the next school year that will result in the elimination of 36 teaching and seven non-teaching positions was approved unanimously by the Board of Education Monday night. Even though HCPS officials say no current employees will involuntarily lose their jobs – the positions are either vacant or expected to be at the end of this school year from retirements and other normal attrition – board member Robert Frisch called the need to reduce teachers a "collective failure" of the school board. (Aegis)

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