Strategic plan, measures of success discussed at Board of Education work session

The Carroll County Public Schools system has dedicated teachers, high graduation rates, a well-regarded Tech Center and a number of opportunities, but struggles with retaining and paying those teachers, making logical financial choices and with communication, according to feedback gathered from the community and key stakeholder groups. This information moves the CCPS Board of Education one step closer to setting its next strategic plan, something Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said Wednesday will likely be out in draft form for public review in the next few months. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Recent Middletown graduate files for Board of Education

Just to be clear, Camden Raynor does not want to be the county executive. A computer error with the state’s Board of Elections website originally listed Raynor as a Democratic candidate for county executive, Raynor said. It later said Raynor withdrew his candidacy. “I’m not sure why that happened, but I have no desire to run for county executive,” Raynor said. “I want to run for the Board of Education. ... I am also fervently unaffiliated.” Raynor, a 19-year-old junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, on Tuesday became the third person to file as a candidate for the Board of Education. (News-Post)

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As questions swirl around search for a Howard County high school site, a third property is studied

The county’s search for the site of its next high school remained in the spotlight last week as word spread that the school board had dropped Jessup’s Mission Road site as an option, only to announce its reconsideration days later, and as County Executive Allan Kittleman announced he wanted to consider space at Troy Park in Elkridge. Board of Education Chairwoman Cindy Vaillancourt said board members have additional questions they would like to have answered about the Mission Road property before they can make a decision about its suitability for the county’s 13th high school, needed to relieve crowding at other schools. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Officials: Washington County Public Schools health insurance pool rebound continues

Since a 25-percent rate hike was levied, Washington County Public Schools' health insurance pool has responded nicely, netting a profit of nearly $2.8 million over the first two quarters of the current fiscal year, according to district officials. The school system began the fiscal year July 1, 2017, with a deficit in its health care fund balance of about $4.1 million, but that figure has been reduced to about $1.3 million. (Herald-Mail)

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Snow days force changes to Maryland school calendars

Persistent cold that has enveloped Baltimore, combined with repeated winter storms over the first three weeks of January, has forced school systems around Maryland to rearrange calendars to adjust for multiple snow days. Every school in the Baltimore area has closed for at least two inclement weather days so far this winter. Districts across Maryland already had to crunch their calendars this year because of Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 mandate that all public schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15. (Balt. Sun)

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As Howard snow days start to pile up, no word on school makeup days

With its second snow day of the year on Wednesday, Howard County school officials said there is no decision on what adjustments will be made to the school calendar. About a half-inch of snow coated the Baltimore area on Wednesday morning, causing the school system to announce a two-hour delay and later closing. School officials announced last week that they would wait until “later in the winter” to make a determination of when to hold makeup days. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Montgomery County parents weren't surprised by snow — they were surprised by schools' reaction

When Montgomery County parents woke up Wednesday morning, they looked out the window and were not surprised by what they saw — snow falling and coating the ground. Around an inch all together, which was in the forecast. They were surprised, though, by their school district’s reaction to the weather. At first, Montgomery County Public Schools announced a two-hour delay. Then, just after 7 a.m., it announced that the district would close for the day because of “unsafe road conditions.” (Wash. Post0

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Warm-clothing effort turns into broader drive that warms hearts at Loch Raven and Parkville High and other schools

What began as a request for warm clothing to support students at two area schools grew into an outpouring of donations that will benefit students at 10 Baltimore County Public Schools! The drive began when students returned to Loch Raven and Parkville High schools after the holiday break without suitable clothing for the dangerously low temperatures. They were not going without coats because of “fashion,” but rather because they did not own or have the means to buy appropriate outerwear. (Towson Times)

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