October 15, 2013
The first in a series of community charrettes to gather input on the Carroll County Public Schools' Facilities Utilization Study will be held today, Tuesday, Oct. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. at North Carroll High School, Panther Drive, Hampstead. The study stems from a discussion last year in which the Board of County Commissioners requested a look at how school facilities are being used, and if there might be any opportunities to close, combine or otherwise restructure school programs.
October 3, 2013
No matter how early she arrives at school or how late she departs, there always seem to be students buzzing about the 70-acre campus of The John Carroll School, according to Principal Madelyn Ball. And that's no wonder, given the sheer number of activities, sports and arts programs available to the Bel Air school's 700 students. But one afternoon this fall (and another next spring), Ball will shut it all down and shoo her pupils home to spend quality time with their families.
August 5, 2013
Frequently, we hear the lament that government should be run more like a business. As a fellow who has worked on both sides of the street, I can certify that there are vast differences in objectives and what we might call the rules of the road. But there are certain common principles. The very best organizations value their employees and want their long-term service and loyalty. Henry Ford raised wages over the norm early. IBM built a country club for its employees, not just its executives.
February 25, 2013
Sixth-graders from West Middle School in Carroll County scoured the Bear Branch stream one recent morning in search of aquatic life in the dead of winter. Nathan Grella said the contents of his bucket did not appear promising. "We just got leaves and rocks," said the 12-year-old, one of 57 youngsters spending the week at Outdoor School at Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster. Closer inspection, however, showed the leaves and rocks were indeed harboring life, information the students will use to size up the stream's health.
February 17, 2013
Devin Michael Spence, a teacher at Manchester Valley High School who died Monday, Feb. 11, in a car accident, will be remembered for his big heart and kind soul, according to those who knew him. Spence, 23, was killed after his car crashed into a private school bus and burst into flames Monday morning. The Carroll County Sheriff's Department reported to the scene and believe icy roads played a part in the accident. A math teacher, Spence joined the staff at Manchester Valley High School last August, according to Randy Clark, Manchester Valley's principal.
December 17, 2012
After a couple months of paying for lunch with their palms, students at 10 Carroll County schools are going back to buying pizza and tots using less Bond-like methods. While parent concerns about privacy led their superintendent to hit the breaks on the PalmSecure technology , they can expect to be asked for their biometrics again - and again and again - as they grow older, and even to willingly pay (whatever the method) to give them up. Thanks in no small part to Hollywood , security is the first application many of us consider when we think about biometrics, or measuring or analyzing biological data.