City / County Digest


March 15, 2007

School official resigns to work for ex-employer

David J. Stone, a city schools administrator overseeing charter and innovation schools, has resigned to return to work for his former employer, Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Stone served on the city school board from 2002 until 2004. He stepped down amid ethical concerns as he applied for the job overseeing charter schools while serving on the board, which makes hiring decisions.

Yesterday, Stone said he would continue to work in the city schools until the end of next month.

Before he leaves, he said, he hopes to resolve a continuing dispute in the city over how to fund charter schools, public schools that operate independently.

A lawsuit over the dispute is pending before the Maryland Court of Appeals as the school system and the charter schools negotiate funding.

Stone will return to Kennedy Krieger as director of operations. The school system has not named his replacement.

Stone oversees 27 city schools, including the 17 charter schools that have opened since he started his job two and a half years ago.

"I'm really happy about the work I did," he said. "We had no charter schools and now we have lots of them, and they're operating smoothly."

Sara Neufeld

Anne Arundel: Harwood

Dunkirk woman killed in accident

A Dunkirk woman was killed Tuesday night when she lost control of her car in Harwood and slammed into an oncoming van, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Ashley Click Juckett, 43, was heading southbound on Route 2 near Harwood Drive around 8:30 p.m. when she apparently missed a slight curve in the road, spun around her 1999 Mercedes Benz and veered in the northbound lane, where she struck a 2000 GMC van, police said.

She was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the van, Eric Alexander Monaghan, 37, of Edgewater, was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma and is listed in serious but stable condition.

Speed is believed to have been a factor in this crash.

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Crews clean up wastewater spill

Anne Arundel County crews have cleaned up a 10,000-gallon wastewater spill in Glen Burnie, a county spokeswoman said yesterday.

A blockage in a pipe near 445 Mystic View Turn sent the raw sewage spewing from a manhole and was reported about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Pam Jordan.

The Department of Public Works stopped the flow about 6 p.m.

While the wastewater ran into a nearby ravine that eventually feeds into Marley Creek, Jordan said it did not appear that the spill reached the creek.

The Health Department has posted signs warning against coming in contact with the area of the spill and waters of Marley Creek.

City schools: Finances

Budget forum will be held Tuesday

The city school board will hold a forum Tuesday to hear public comment on interim Chief Executive Officer Charlene Cooper Boston's proposed $1.2 billion budget for the 2007-2008 school year.

The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at school system headquarters, 200 E. North Ave.

The board is scheduled to vote to adopt the budget at a meeting March 27.

The budget will then be submitted to Mayor Sheila Dixon and the City Council for approval.

Sara Neufeld

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