Week In Review

January 07, 2007

County schools

Maxwell proposes $920 million budget

Saying the school system can be one of the country's best - and that the county can afford to pay for it - Anne Arundel schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell has proposed a $920 million budget for next year.

The operating budget, which he outlined to the school board Wednesday, calls for a $131 million increase, or 17 percent, to expand special education services, pre-K and all-day kindergarten programs; bolster security; update technology; and launch the International Baccalaureate program at Meade High School and precursor programs at three middle schools. It also funds a previously negotiated 6 percent salary increase for teachers.

"You and I share a passion to take this school system from good to great, to make it the best in the state and one of the best in the nation," said Maxwell, who came to the county in July from the Montgomery County school system. "With your support we can get there, but we all know getting there comes with a price tag."

Anne Arundel section, Friday


Field set for special election

The field of candidates for the special election to fill two vacant Annapolis Board of Aldermen seats was set Tuesday after about 800 voters cast ballots.

Seven people had filed candidacies for the open seats by the Dec. 11 deadline. One Democrat and one Republican won nominations in each ward and places on the ballot for the Jan. 30 special election.

In Ward 4, where Democrat Wayne Taylor stepped down to head the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, Democrat Sheila M. Finlayson will face Republican James M. Conley.

In Ward 8, which Democrat Josh Cohen represented before his election to the County Council in November, Democrat Ross Arnett will face Republican Frank B. Bradley.

Maryland section, Wednesday


Head-on crash leaves two dead

A 24-year old Annapolis man was charged Thursday with two counts of negligent auto manslaughter after a head-on collision with a van that left two people dead.

About 5:30 a.m. Dec. 30, Jason Robert Dehn of the 500 block of Bellerive Road was driving a 1993 Mercedes Benz on Admiral Drive near the Jennifer Road intersection when the brakes failed, authorities said.

Dehn rammed the van, which was traveling north on Admiral Drive with dialysis patients onboard.

Mary Agnes Davis, 48, and Terry Wright Sr., 56, were killed in the crash.

Police said Dehn, who was driving on a suspended license, failed a sobriety test and knew that the vehicle, which belonged to his employer, had faulty brakes.

He was arrested in Baltimore and is being held without bond at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

Maryland section, Saturday


City aims to save historic house

A short walk from Annapolis City Dock, where untold thousands of slaves were bought and sold, a free black man named John T. Maynard took a shed and made it a home.

It was 1847, and over the years, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, Maynard added a full second story, a porch, a brick chimney and furnished it with mahogany chairs, two feather beds and a marble-topped table. He lived there, right across from City Hall, with his wife - whose freedom he bought - their three children and other relatives.

The house still stands, though time and weather have worn away the original roof and the hand-hewn wooden beams are termite-infested.

And for the past 16 years, preservationists have been trying to save the white wooden home from what Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer called "demolition through neglect."

With state and federal grants, the city has spent about $350,000, mostly to complete structural renovations. About a half-million dollars is needed to finish, though it's still not clear what's being finished: a city office or an interpretive museum.

The next round of work could begin as early as this month.

Maryland section, Tuesday

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