St. Mary’s schools won’t shorten summer breaks

A proposal to shorten summer breaks for St. Mary’s County public school students has been dropped. A committee of about 45 people recommended making no shift to the school calendar in future years, a move that Superintendent Michael Martirano said surprised him. “I’ve had to take a pause and say, ‘Not now,’” Martirano said. “The timing is not right.” He had pushed for the change, saying that student learning can regress during the long summer break, particularly those from families without resources or abilities to find summer activities for children like camps or visits to museums. (Enterprise)

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LifeBridge Health growing its teaching program

LifeBridge Health has plans to expand its teaching program to encompass more hospitals and more specialties. The Baltimore health system plans to extend its residency and fellowship programs, which primarily take place at Sinai Hospital, to Northwest Hospital. LifeBridge administrators are also exploring the possibility of creating a new fellowship for primary care physicians-in-training. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Law school job rates drop 

Fewer students graduating from Maryland’s two law schools are finding jobs, but a greater number are obtaining employment that requires bar passage, according to data from the American Bar Association. (Daily Record)

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Montgomery Co. transfers Kensington park for new middle school

Kensington’s Rock Creek Hills Local Park was officially transferred from the county parks department to the Montgomery County Board of Education.The park is slated to be the site of the new Bethesda-Chevy Chase Middle School. Rock Creek Hills Park, at 3701 Saul Road, has 13.3 acres with 11 acres suitable for building. (Gazette)

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Foose recruits from Montgomery, Baltimore

More transfers and promotions are taking place among school and central office administrators in the Howard County Public School System, along with the arrivals of several new hires from neighboring districts. The shifts Superintendent Renee Foose announced included two new employees each from her former school districts in Montgomery and Baltimore counties, where she served before becoming Howard's superintendent last year. (Patuxent)

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John Carroll School renovating former convent to house international students

When The John Carroll School in Bel Air opened its doors in September 1964, The Sisters of St. Joseph served as the faculty and lived in a building on campus officially known as the John Carroll Faculty House. By the early 2000s, only two sisters were living in the building, known as "the convent" by students and alumni, and the school began to pursue other uses for the structure. Two years ago, the school's board of trustees decided to use the former convent to house international students, a growing part of the student body. (Aegis)

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St. Mary's school administrators reorganized

Superintendent Michael Martirano announced his vision for next school year, including a reorganization of administrators to address what he said were new issues facing schools. The St. Mary’s school board this spring approved keeping Martirano on for a third four-year term that began this month. Martirano outlined what he called his new “10-point plan of priorities” to raise the bar for students and staff. (Enterprise)

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Howard County to open new elementary school

Howard County is about to open a new elementary school, which is it's first new building since 2007. Ducketts Lane in Elkridge is set to open in late summer to students who live mostly along the Interstate 95 corridor. (WBAL-TV)

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