Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

July 12, 2006

Top school official hired by Mich. district

A top Baltimore County school administrator has been chosen to be the next superintendent of a school district in suburban Detroit.

Christine M. Johns, deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said she will formally take the helm of the Utica Community Schools Aug. 1 but will spend transition time in both school districts before then.

Johns, 40, described the job as a "professional opportunity."

"I have enjoyed serving the children of Baltimore County schools," she said. "The staff here is professional and competent, and they care about the community."

The Utica board voted unanimously Monday to accept her, said board member Carl Territo. He declined to comment on the details of the contract until after it has been signed. Johns said she earned $160,000 during the past fiscal year.

Territo and another school board member met with Baltimore County school officials, a visit he said confirmed their impressions of Johns from her interview. "We are looking forward to her coming here," he said.

Utica's current superintendent will retire at the end of the month. About 27,000 students attend schools in Utica, which is about 20 miles north of Detroit.

Johns, who was a teacher and administrator in Prince George's County and an administrator in Pasadena, Calif., joined her mentor and friend Superintendent Joe A. Hairston in Baltimore County after he was hired in 2000. She holds master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University, and a doctorate from Harvard.

Liz F. Kay

Police

Grant to help monitor sex offenders

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention has awarded a grant to Baltimore County police to pay for overtime and equipment to better register and monitor sex offenders, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday.

The $110,000 grant is part of more than $800,000 awarded to law enforcement agencies throughout the state to buy computer equipment to register sex offenders and to pay for overtime for officers who investigate sex offenders' compliance with registry requirements, the governor's office said. The money will also be used to educate residents about the state's sex offender registry.

Elected officials took steps to improve the state's sex offender registry after The Sun reported last year that as many as one in five addresses in the registry was inaccurate.

Ehrlich urged residents yesterday to call the Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line at 866-559-8017 to be notified when a sex offender has moved into their area.

Nick Shields

Essex

Rocky Point Park beach reopened The beach at Rocky Point Park has been reopened, county officials said yesterday. The Essex beach was one of three in eastern Baltimore County closed last week because of concerns about water quality after heavy rains.

Sentencing

Man gets 46 years on cocaine counts

A 36-year-old man who fired a gun at Baltimore County police officers in attempting to flee arrest in October was sentenced yesterday to 46 years in prison on charges that he sold crack cocaine, federal prosecutors said.

Corey Howard Richardson of Baltimore was convicted by a jury in U.S. District Court in the city this year on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack, and possession of a firearm while a convicted felon and while selling drugs.

District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled that Richardson was an armed career criminal based on his previous convictions for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, three counts of battery and unlawful distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Schools

Dulaney High senior to join board

A Dulaney High School senior has been named the student representative to the Baltimore County school board for the next year. Peter Bacon, 16, of Lutherville was sworn in yesterday after he was appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

At yesterday's meeting, the school board elected member Donald L. Arnold president and Rodger C. Janssen vice president. In other business, board members tabled until their next meeting a memorandum of understanding with the organization 100 Black Men of Maryland for a college access meeting.

Liz F. Kay

Merit scholars

Five boys picked for national award

Five additional Baltimore County high school students will receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Daniel A. Beller, who went to Owings Mills High School, was awarded a merit scholarship to Brandeis University.

Gregory H. Gentry of Fallston, who attended Calvert Hall College High School, received a merit scholarship to the Johns Hopkins University.

Finksburg resident Christopher R. Hein, who attended Loyola Blakefield High School, was awarded a merit scholarship to the University of Southern California.

David J. Meninger of Monkton, who attended Loch Raven High School, received a merit scholarship to the University of Delaware.

Lutherville resident Dylan J. Murphy, who attended St. Paul's School for Boys, was awarded a merit scholarship to the University of Chicago.

More than 4,600 students received college-sponsored awards through the National Merit Scholarship program this year. Three other Baltimore County students were named recipients of awards in May.

The competition awards scholarships based on the students' PSAT and SAT scores, recommendations, academics and an essay. The awards offers up to $2,000 annually for four years.

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