Diversity hiring, future of Tech Center among the issues discussed at school board candidate forum

The future of the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, the importance of diversity hiring, the possibility of redistricting and school closures, and the recently mandated school resource officer program were among the topics discussed Tuesday night, May 8, during a Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education candidate forum. The forum, which took place at Oklahoma Road Middle School, was put on by the PTAs of Carrolltowne and Freedom elementary schools, and Oklahoma Road Middle. (Carr. Co. Times)

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School board votes against renovations for Lansdowne High, sets eyes on replacement

The Baltimore County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to re-designate funds for renovation of Lansdowne High School toward construction of a new school. In its 8-3 vote, the board is asking that the renovation money — $60 million in two phases — be put toward a new Lansdowne High School, although the vote means the process of acting on a new building, which could cost more than $100 million, will have to begin anew. (Balt. Sun)

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MCPS earns C+ grade on Healthy School Food report card

Montgomery County Public Schools earned a middling grade this week on a report card evaluating the food served in its cafeterias in 2017. A nonprofit and business coalition, Healthy School Food Maryland, awarded grades to all 24 school districts in Maryland, and overall, the scores increased by 56 percent compared to last year. Earning an A+, Howard County Public Schools posted the highest marks for serving whole, fresh, local and safe food. (Bethesda)

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Lansdowne Middle one of 37 schools nationally recognized for mathematics education support

Lansdowne Middle School has been recognized as one of 37 schools or school districts in the country for its work to support its students in math education, the school system announced Tuesday. The middle school was recognized as a gold metal recipient by Ascend Education, a Utah-based, for-profit company that provides educational resources to schools and instructors. (Arbutus Times)

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Appeal filed against cell tower project at North Hagerstown High School

A Washington County Public Schools employee has appealed a city board's recent ruling allowing a telecommunications tower to be built at North Hagerstown High School. Matthew Moser, a systems technician with the school system, filed a petition on May 2 in Washington County Circuit Court seeking a judicial review of the Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals' written decision in April. (Herald-Mail)

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May 9 // Baltimore school board votes to pass $1.3 billion operating budget

The Baltimore school board voted 6-2, with one abstention, to pass next school year’s $1.3 billion operating budget, which manages to avoid a call for layoffs but includes steep cuts for the city’s public charter schools. This year’s budget season was largely drama-free compared to last year, when schools CEO Sonja Santelises revealed that the school system faced a massive shortfall and the threat of up to 1,000 layoffs. City and state officials worked to get an additional $180 million for Baltimore schools, distributed over three years, which brought the final number of mandated layoffs down to 115. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County school board will ask state superintendent to reconsider White as schools chief

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to resubmit Verletta White as its choice to be the next superintendent, along with documents the board majority hopes will change the outcome. Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon took the unusual step last week of blocking the appointment of White, saying she was uncomfortable with White’s ethics violations. Salmon also wanted an audit of the school system’s contracts to be completed before White, who is the county’s interim schools chief, was named to the job for four years. The board voted 8-4 Tuesday to ask Salmon to reconsider. (Balt. Sun)

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Two finalists for next Harford schools superintendent named

An interim vice president at University of North Carolina and a former president of the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore have been named the two finalists to become the next superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, the school system announced Tuesday. Both will be in Harford next week to tour the county, visit schools and meet with school officials and the community. The Harford County Board of Education held its second round of superintendent interviews on May 5 with four candidates and selected Sean Bulson and David C. Ring Jr. as finalists to replace Superintendent Barbara Canavan effective July 1, according to an HCPS news release. (Aegis)

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