Carroll Superintendent Guthrie to take job in Delaware school system

Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Guthrie is set to step down from that post on June 30, but far from retiring, he is opening a new chapter in his career: Come July 1, Guthrie will start his new job as Superintendent of the Sussex Technical School District, in Sussex County, Delaware. “I’m certainly thrilled at the opportunity to continue my career in Delaware, particularly at the Sussex Technical School District,” Guthrie said in an interview Saturday. “My wife and I will be living in the county at Bethany Beach and looking forward to it.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Broadneck High removes bathroom doors to discourage vaping, smoking and 'juuling'

Officials at Broadneck High School removed the doors to about half of the bathrooms this week to discourage increasing numbers of students smoking, vaping or “juuling” inside. Bob Mosier, county schools spokesman, said Principal Jim Todd decided to remove the doors Tuesday in bathrooms where stalls only could not be seen from the hallway. “It’s unfortunate that it came to that,” he said. Two weeks ago officials at the school near Cape St. Claire added doorstops to prop the doors open, but those were kicked off. So, the doors were removed Tuesday, Mosier said, and will remain removed until further notice. (Capital)

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Steven Wantz, executive director of Institutional Advancement, shares Carroll Community College's importance in county

With April being Community College Awareness Month, those at Carroll Community College — including Steven Wantz, the executive director of institutional advancement — are working to promote and celebrate an institution working to make a difference in the county. Wantz, a native of Carroll County has been the executive director of institutional advancement at the college and of the Carroll Community College Foundation for more than 16 years. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Alsobrooks joins chorus calling for school chief's head

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) faced new pressure to jettison his handpicked education chief on Thursday, when a top ally called on him to seek the resignation of embattled Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin M. Maxwell. State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D), who hopes to succeed Baker atop county government, issued a carefully-worded statement in which she said, "I believe that we cannot get back to focusing children, educators and families and what they need from us.. until Dr. Maxwell is removed as CEO of our school system. So, I am calling on County Executive Baker to ask for Dr. Maxwell's resignation." (Md. Matters)

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Sheriff’s deputy who fired on Maryland school shooter is honored by governor

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday honored a Maryland deputy who fired on a student gunman during a school shooting in St. Mary’s County last month. On March 20, 17-year-old Austin Rollins wounded two classmates, one fatally, at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md. Armed with his father’s handgun, he fired one shot that mortally wounded 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, who had recently ended their relationship, and hit 14-year-old Desmond Barnes in the leg. (Wash. Post)

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Barry and Mary Gossett donate $21.25 million to Maryland for academic programs for athletes

Barry and Mary Gossett have made a $21.25 million donation to the University of Maryland for the development of the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence, which will be devoted to academic and postgraduate success of the school’s athletes, the university announced Thursday morning. Barry Gossett, who made a $10 million donation to help build the football “team house” adjoining to Maryland Stadium that opened in 2007, is a member of Maryland’s Board of Regents and also one of the school’s most influential donors. (Wash. Post)

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Harford students who walk out during latest national protest Friday could face discipline, school system says

The Harford County Public Schools system has not changed its position regarding school walkouts which means students who plan to participate in the walkout scheduled for Friday will face disciplinary action, school system officials said. Two local walkouts are planned at 10 a.m. on the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two teenagers killed 13 classmates before killing themselves. (Aegis)

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School safety expert tells Md. teachers: Rethink school shooter profile

A school safety expert who has studied school shootings for years advised Maryland teachers and school resource officers to throw out the common “profile” of who they think could end up bringing a gun to school. School shooters “look like a lot of different things,” said Bill Modzeleski during a presentation Thursday on school safety held at the National Guard armory in Annapolis. When he studied individual cases, “physically they were different; academically they were different,” he said. (WTOP)

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