City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

September 29, 2006

Interim city schools COO named to stay on the job

The Baltimore school board has named J. Keith Scroggins to the permanent position of chief operating officer.

Scroggins, who previously headed the Bureau of General Services at the city Department of Public Works, has held the job on an interim basis since June. He replaced Eric Letsinger, who was fired after taking 10 school system and city employees on a fishing trip. Letsinger paid for the trip himself, but there were questions about whether he intended to use public funds before details were made public.

The chief operating officer oversees more than 1,000 employees in departments, including transportation, food services, school police and facilities.

In other action, the school board appointed Barbara Wheeler, an associate superintendent in Cecil County, to the newly created position of deputy officer for academic achievement.

Wheeler's position replaces the job of deputy chief academic officer that was held by Frank DeStefano, who resigned this month. But while DeStefano oversaw only middle and high schools, Wheeler will oversee instruction from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, said school system spokeswoman Edie House.

System officials did not release the salaries for Scroggins or Wheeler.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore: Traffic

Streets closed off for annual book festival

Baltimore transportation officials are implementing a variety of street closures and other traffic restrictions in preparation for this weekend's 11th Annual Baltimore Book Festival. Both East and West Mount Vernon Place will remain closed until 4 p.m. Monday. Charles Street will remain closed between Centre Street and Read Street until 6 a.m. Monday. Madison Street will be closed between St. Paul Street and Cathedral Street from 10 a.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday. Detours will be marked for motorists, transportation officials said.

Detour

Repair of guard rail to close ramp to I-95

Work crews repairing a guardrail will close the ramp leading from Kane Street to southbound Interstate 95 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Detours will direct motorists to continue north on Kane Street and turn right onto Eastern Avenue to get on the highway. The work will be done only if weather permits.

Carroll County: Westminster

Free tire disposal at Northern Landfill

Carroll County residents can dispose of up to eight scrap tires (33-inch limit) free of charge from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Northern Landfill, 1400 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. One visit is allowed per household, and proof of residency is required. Commercial vehicles and business tires will not be accepted. Information: 410-386-4550 or 410-386-2035.

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