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By Joe Burris | September 5, 2012
The Anne Arundel County school board on Wednesday took its first step in considering plans proposed by Superintendent Kevin Maxwell to address the district's capital improvement and maintenance concerns. Maxwell presented his $240 million capital budget for fiscal year 2014, a $1.6 billion capital budget six-year plan and a $1.4 billion state-funded capital improvement planĀ at Wednesday's regplar meeting. School officials say that the capital improvement plan must be submitted to the state's Interagency Committee for School Construction by Oct. 5. School officials said that the school board will conduct a workshop on the capital budget and capital improvement plan on Sept.
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By Colin Campbell and Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
A pair of people drunkenly stole an empty Anne Arundel County school bus, crashed it twice, smashed out the windows and tried to torch it before ditching it in the woods in Davidsonville Tuesday morning, police said. The motive? Travis Edward Champagne and Nicole Jo-Ann Adams, charged in the incident, were "looking for change to purchase cigarettes," police said. During a search, the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Aviation Unit spotted the bus badly damaged under power lines near Governor's Bridge and Strawberry Run roads just before 9 a.m., police said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
The owner of two dogs that chased deer into an Anne Arundel County school and caused thousands of dollars in damage has been cited by Animal Control. Alice McCormick of Lothian was issued 11 citations for the two dogs, including allowing dogs to run free without tags, failing to get required vaccinations, creating a public nuisance and letting dogs run loose on school grounds, said Robin Catlett, director of animal control for Anne Arundel. One of the dogs was cited for being a public safety threat for "approaching a person in an attitude of attack.
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
As the Board of Education gave its blessing last week to Superintendent George Arlotto's $163.4 million capital budget request, officials said some projects in the budget may affect coming redistricting efforts in the Annapolis area. Two elementary schools in the Annapolis school cluster, Rolling Knolls and West Annapolis, are among facilities targeted for upgrades as part of the capital budget plan. West Annapolis Elementary is the subject of a $24 million modernization that will increase enrollment capacity from 274 students to 314. Construction is underway, and the renovated school is expected to open in August 2106.
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From Sun staff reports | July 10, 2012
William Norman, the retired first principal of Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, was found slain in a canal in Davie, Fla., and police said they have charged two teenagers with premeditated murder in his death. Norman, 76, of Tampa, worked for 28 years in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system, serving as Chesapeake's principal from 1976 to 1983. The school auditorium is named for him. He retired in 1989 as director of fiscal services, school officials said. Two men, one of whom rented a house in Tamarac that Norman owned, were charged, according to police.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
A 9-year-old girl was sexually assaulted last week while she was walking from her Pasadena elementary school, police said. Shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the victim was heading home from Lake Shore Elementary by walking through the Riding Woods neighborhood when a man "grabbed her and pulled her into a wooded area," according to a statement Tuesday from Anne Arundel County Police. The assault was reported to police on Sunday. Additional officers are patrolling the area.
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July 19, 1993
When C. Berry Carter was named school superintendent in July 1992, we joined Anne Arundel residents in looking forward to a leader who knew that county's school system inside and out. A year later, no one questions Mr. Carter's knowledge. But his leadership during his first full school year proved disappointing.Faced with situations that begged for outrage, sympathetic words or efforts to support parents and students, Mr. Carter has almost always under-reacted. Like others in the Anne Arundel school system of which he is so much a product, he tends to deny problems, as if the denial renders the problems non-existent.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2012
The Anne Arundel County school board voted Wednesday to allow Chesapeake Science Point to expand its high school but placed it on two years' probation as part of efforts to address concerns about the charter school. The board also said it would dissolve the entire school, which has grades six through 10, after the coming school year if it does not comply with terms of a revised charter. The 8-0 vote was the culmination of contentious open discussions about CSP, which since its inception has gained a reputation for high-performing students but has been marred by concerns about administrative record keeping and transparency in such areas as report cards, student transcripts and student selection.
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September 24, 1993
Attorney Alan I. Barron's investigation -- for which taxpayers paid plenty -- of the handling of the Ronald W. Price sex scandal by Anne Arundel Superintendent C. Berry Carter is complete.But guess what? The Anne Arundel school board doesn't want to let anyone know what it says, at least not now.Some board members do not want to release this critical section of the report until November, when the entire investigation is to be finished -- even though they are due to meet tonight to discuss (and possibly decide)
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By Monica Nortonand Marina Sarris and Monica Nortonand Marina Sarris,Evening Sun Staff | January 18, 1991
An unused Anne Arundel County school is being readied as a reception and processing center in the event that thousands of American civilians now in the Middle East are evacuated.Under a contingency plan, the old Lindale Junior High school in Ferndale could be used to process "repatriates" arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Andrews Air Force Base, said David McMillion, director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.Those two Maryland airports, along with five others on the East Coast, have been selected to receive 30,000 to 40,000 people if an evacuation is ordered, he said.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The case involving an Anne Arundel County elementary school student suspended last year after nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun went before the county school board Wednesday, the latest attempt by the boy's parents to have the incident removed from his record. Joshua Welch, then a second-grader at Park Elementary school in Brooklyn Park, received a two-day suspension in March 2013 in a matter that drew national attention. The school system has argued that Joshua, who is now 9 and has been transferred to another school, was suspended not solely for the incident but for a series of behaviors.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program in the new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society. Superintendent George Arlotto said Thursday each of the nine elementary schools that feed into North County High School will take part in the program, dubbed Triple E: Enhancing Elementary Excellence. It will begin Sept. 29, about a month after Monday's start of the school year.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students around Anne Arundel County are getting ready to head back to school in a couple of weeks, but for one couple who recently moved to Maryland from Florida, the school year marks an even greater beginning. Marcio and Dee Rosado are starting as new teachers in the system this year and took part in Anne Arundel County public schools' teacher orientation this past week with a mix of excitement and anxiousness. Dee, 36, has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 11 years.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
About a dozen schoolchildren at the Willows Apartments in Glen Burnie queued up curbside as the Anne Arundel County school bus pulled up. Some kids were flanked by parents and toddler siblings who appeared just as excited to see the bus; the moment had all the trappings of the first day of school. But that's a few weeks away. Instead, the bus had come with a mainstay for students in the area: healthy meals. School officials opened the rear of the bus and set up tables with some of the same food offered during the school year, feeding not only the schoolchildren but siblings who won't begin classes for a couple of years.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Former Anne Arundel County school board member Eugene Peterson formally resigned Tuesday from the school system's ethics panel, less than a week after the board requested he step down for comments made at June meeting where he referred to interim superintendent Mamie Perkins as "Aunt Jemima. " Peterson, who is African-American, said he sent a resignation letter Tuesday to school board president Stacy Korbelak, one of six board members that approved a resolution censuring Peterson for his comments.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
A former Anne Arundel County school board member says he'll resign from a school system ethics panel after being censured by the board for comments he made last month, including a reference to then-interim superintendent Mamie Perkins as "Aunt Jemima. " On Wednesday the board moved to censure Eugene Peterson and called for his resignation from the ethics panel. Board vice president Patricia Nalley read a motion criticizing Peterson for "inappropriate and startling" comments and said it "demonstrated his poor judgment and his willingness to employ derogatory and despicable language to describe highly regarded and well respected public officials.
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By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | August 8, 2009
Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed an education administrator and former teacher to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Friday. Andrew C. Pruski, a Gambrills resident and manager of Baltimore County public schools' state-mandated assessment program, was appointed to serve the remaining four years of a departed board member's term. Pruski, who worked as a high school social studies teacher in Prince George's County from 2001 to 2005, takes the seat of former board member Tricia Johnson, who was appointed to an open seat on the Anne Arundel County Council.
NEWS
November 4, 2004
Anne Arundel school board members unanimously approved an emergency, one-year, $4.89 million contract with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield at their meeting yesterday, after rejecting a bid protest filed by another health care company. Before the meeting, board members voted 6-2 in favor of denying United HealthCare's protest of their decision in September to reject all bids to administer the school system's "preferred-provider" health care plans, said the board's attorney, P. Tyson Bennett.
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BiJoe Burris | July 7, 2014
School is out, but it's business as usual for the Anne Arundel County school system, which has undergone several transactions during the summer break. Among the transactions: Ayesha Chaudhry, a rising senior at South River High School, was sworn in as the board's 41 st student member on July 1 at the county courthouse in Annapolis, school officials said. Chaudhry succeeds Else Drooff, a Broadneck High School graduate whose term ended on June 30. School officals said that board member Kevin Jackson, whose five-year term in an at-large seat also officially expired on June 30, will remain in his seat until a new governor is sworn into office and makes an appointment early next year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
A hearing examiner recommended the Anne Arundel County school board uphold last year's two-day suspension of a second-grader who was accused of nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun. But an attorney for the family of Joshua Welch said if the county board agrees, he's prepared to take the matter to the state Board of Education. "We're going to do whatever we can to clear this little kid's name and take the brand off his record," attorney Robin Ficker said. Hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum, who was brought in by the school system to hear the case, sided with school officials in the sanctioning of Welch, then a 7-year-old Park Elementary School student whose suspension in March 2013 drew national media coverage and debate.
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