Education briefs

September 06, 2013

Superintendent search

The Anne Arundel County school board will discuss its search for a new superintendent at its meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25, officials said.

Board member Stacy Korbelak, chair of an ad hoc superintendent search committee, said the group will make a presentation before the full board discussing whether to enlist a search firm. It had been stated earlier that the panel would discuss the findings at its Sept. 15 retreat.

The school system is looking to replace Kevin Maxwell, who departed to take a similar position in Prince George's County. None of Anne Arundel County's current board members were on the panel when Maxwell was selected as superintendent. In July, Mamie Perkins was named as interim superintendent to fill Maxwell's term through June 30, 2014.

Teacher of the Year finalist

Jodie Hogan, a Spanish teacher at South River High School in Edgewater, has been named by the Maryland State Department of Education as one of seven finalists for the 2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year award.

In April, Hogan was named Teacher of the Year for Anne Arundel public schools.

Hogan began her career at South River in 1999 and has been there ever since. In addition to her high school classes, Hogan is an instructor for higher-aspiring educators at Gratz College. In 2011, she was named Maryland Language Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Foreign Language Association.

Work session on capital budget

The Board of Education will hold a workshop on interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins' fiscal year 2015 capital budget at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The workshop will be held in the board room of the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. The budget workshop is open to the public, but no testimony will be taken.

The date of the workshop has been changed from its originally scheduled Sept. 17 date to allow board members to attend the ribbon-cutting for the new Phoenix Academy.

The capital budget establishes funding priorities for construction projects at county schools. After adoption by the board, the plan is submitted to the state for funding consideration.

Engineering scholarships

Anne Arundel Community College has been awarded a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help support the college's Engineering Scholars Program. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $4,000 annually to financially needy, academically talented students to help them graduate from the school's engineering programs, transfer to a four-year institution and enter the workforce. Information: 410-777-2222.

Nursing scholarships

Through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive $3,000 scholarships through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The scholarships will benefit county residents enrolled in the college's registered nursing associate's degree program who demonstrate financial need as established by the AACC financial aid office. Information: 410-777-2203 or aacc.edu/finaid.

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