In Baltimore City
State school board discusses takeover of failing schools
The State Board of Education held a closed meeting yesterday to begin discussing which low-performing schools in the city and elsewhere in Maryland should be taken over and whether more schools should be added to its list of failing schools.
Since 1994, the board has identified 83 failing schools in Baltimore, 12 in Prince George's County and one each in Anne Arundel and Somerset counties, based on their low state test scores and attendance rates.
At its regular public meeting this month, the board is expected for the first time to take over several city schools that have languished on that failing list, handing over control to private companies or nonprofit organizations that have submitted bids.
Public invited to comment on school system master plan
The new Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is sponsoring a public forum on the status of the school system's master plan at 5 p.m. today in Room 301 at the Department of Education, 200 E. North Ave.
The forum seeks public comment on the plan and recommendations for the 2000-2001 school year. Information: 410-396-8577.
In Baltimore County
State board votes to give county $400,000 for park
WHITE MARSH -- The state Board of Public Works voted yesterday to give the county $400,000 to pay for 25 acres on Cowenton Avenue that will become a community park.
The land's owner, Vincent Del Pizzo, at first refused to sell the land to the county. But after the county initiated condemnation proceedings, he agreed to sell.
The state grant includes $394,000 for the land and $6,000 to pay expenses related to the acquisition. The county has not decided what kind of park it will develop on the property.
Planners to explain effect of zoning on property values
PARKVILLE -- The Greater Parkville Community Council will meet to educate residents on how the four-year zoning process -- under way in Baltimore County -- affects property values.
County planners will make a presentation at the Parkville council's meeting, scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at Parkville Middle School, Avondale Road and Hiss Avenue.
Residents in the Parkville, Carney and Cub Hill areas are encouraged to attend. Information: Ruth Baisden, 410-668-2580.
Police in city arrest suspect in Dundalk shootings
TOWSON -- An 18-year-old man was arrested yesterday in Baltimore on charges of killing one man and attempting to kill another at a Dundalk apartment, county police said.
Police arrested Lundes A. Cartwright, who they said has no fixed address, in the Dec. 22 death of Jonathan McCrory, 22, and the shooting of Gerry Owens, 21, in the 2800 block of Dunmar Court.
Police said the men were shot when they answered the door at the back of the townhouse. Cartwright's bail has not been determined.