Thursday, May 16, 2013
Baltimore County police are investigating heat-exhaustion as a possible cause of the illnesses.
Pinewood Elementary School was evacuated Thursday afternoon after students reported feeling "light-headed," as if they were going to faint. Baltimore County emergency crews responded to a call from the school at 3:21 p.m., near the end of the school day, said Julia Hardgrove, a police and fire spokeswoman. Those who reported illness were at the school's cafeteria. Hardgrove said 11 students and an adult were transported to area hospitals for treatment. A cause for the illnesses have not been determined, but police are considering heat-exhaustion as a possibility. The school does have air conditioning, but police and school officials are investigating whether the system was working properly. Mychael Dickerson, a Baltimore County Public …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The meeting will focus on overcrowding issues.
Baltimore County Public Schools is holding an input meeting May 16 related to overcrowding issues at Towson area schools. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology at 938 York Road, according to an email from Councilman David Marks. Overcrowded schools has long been an issue along the York Road corridor. The school board recently approved plans to construct an elementary school at Mays Chapel, and county funds has also been allocated for additions at Hampton and Stoneleigh elementary schools. "Still, there are decisions that need to be made to accommodate both the current and future enrollment levels at schools in the Towson area," Marks wrote in the email.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sean McComb was declared the winner at a Monday afternoon ceremony at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.
Baltimore County Public Schools honored Patapsco High School English teacher Sean McComb was honored as the 2013-2014 teacher of the year Monday afternoon. "Sean McComb is a dynamic and creative educator who is an inspiration to both his students and his colleagues," Superintendent Dallas Dance said in a news release. "He used his teachers and education to rescue him from a difficult childhood, and now helps his own students to, in his words, 'achieve, awaken and ascend' We congratulate him and all of our 115 nominated teachers and finalists." McComb, a seven-year educator who also serves as an Advancement Via Individual Determination coordinator, was one of four teachers nominated for the award, according to the release. The win makes him…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Baltimore County Public Schools calendar had initially listed the closing date as June 18.
Baltimore County Public Schools announced Tuesday that the last day of classes is June 14. The originial schedule for the school system called for an end date of June 18, according to a news release. But the system is ending the school year early because of the limited number of emergency days off. The last three days of school will be full days under the new schedule, the release states. Under the previous one, the last three days were slated to be half-days.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The results of the audit are slated to be revealed in November.
The Baltimore County Board of Education gave Superintendent Dallas Dance the go-ahead to conduct an audit of the school system's magnet program Tuesday night. "This is something that we're definitely going to need to have the community involved in," Dance said following a board meeting. In recent months, parents of students at Cromwell Valley Elementary School have appealed to the school board and the superintendent to reconsider a decision by former Superintendent Joe Hairston to end a rule that granted kindergartners automatic admission into the elementary magnet schools their siblings attend, starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Dance said in February that he was interested in conducting an audit before directly addressing the sibling…
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Baltimore County executive praises county employees but asks employees to "stay the course" because the proposed budget contains no cost of living salary increases.
UPDATED (10:29 a.m.)—Baltimore County residents will not have to dig deeper for local taxes again this year under a budget proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Kamenetz is expected to introduce his third county budget to the Baltimore County Council at 10 a.m. The proposed $2.8 billion operating budget will contain no increases in property or income taxes for the budget year that begins July 1. The county has not raised property taxes in 25 years. The county income tax rate has not been raised in 21 years. But Kamenetz's spending plan is larger than the limit set in January by the County Council's Spending Affordability Committee. That committee in January set the limit for ongoing costs subject to spending guidelines at $1.675 …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The bill, introduced last month, has come under fire for being unconstitutional.
A bill restricting protests near schools in Baltimore County will not get a hearing or a vote later this month. Councilman Todd Huff said Monday that he will withdraw the bill that bars protests within 300 feet of a school and prohibits protests within one hour before or after school starts and ends. It would have also been illegal to block or prevent the use of public streets, sidewalks or other spaces while protesting. Violators would be subject to a fine of $1,000 or up to a 90-day jail sentence or possibly both. The bill has been criticized since it was introduced two weeks ago. Huff was not available for an interview following a Monday evening Baltimore County Council meeting but confirmed he would withdraw the bill. "I'm pulling the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
Arne Duncan will speak to interested parties at Loch Raven High School in April.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's school safety town hall, which will emphasize gun control, has been scheduled. Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance announced the visit earlier this month, noting that gun control is a topic Duncan is passionate about. "Today, looking into the eyes of parents who have lost children due to gun violence, I am more committed than ever, and the President is, too," Duncan wrote in a Jan. 16 post on the U.S. Department of Education blog. "Those parents’ unimaginable heartbreak and extraordinary strength must motivate us to act. Now is the time. Our children, families, educators, communities and our country deserve better. We can’t let them down." The event is scheduled for April 10, from 6 to 7:45 p…
Monday, March 25, 2013
The list, which ranks schools in need of air conditioning primarily by age, was released last September.
A priority list ranking the order in which county schools in need of air conditioning would get serviced could see some shake-ups. "Our initial air conditioning list was determined based on age, which was shared with the county earlier," said Superintendent Dallas Dance, in an email statement to Patch. "However, I also shared that as we begin to develop the 10-yr [sic] capital plan, that will drive all capital projects including air, there will be additional factors that are used to determine the order of capital projects." Currently, approximately 40 percent of public schools in Baltimore County are not fully air conditioned. Officials have largely blamed this issue on the school system overseeing one of the oldest stocks of schools in …
Heavy, wet snow fell in the Baltimore area early Monday morning, causing school closings.
Schools are closed Monday in Baltimore County. Citing inclement weather, school officials announced that classes were closed, after initially declaring a two-hour delay on the Baltimore County Public Schools website early Monday morning. Harford County Public Schools are also closed Monday. Baltimore City Public Schools are on spring break. Stay with Patch for updates.