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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2012
Carroll County public schools should strengthen financial controls and network security, seek all valid Medicaid-related reimbursements, review some of their contractor arrangements and re-evaluate their food service operations, according to a report released by the state Office of Legislative Audits. Those measures could save the county as much as $4 million a year, said the report released last week. "These are recommendations," said Bruce A. Myers, legislative auditor. "We have no enforcement power, but we can advise.
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By Kym Byrnes | April 17, 2014
As the county budget process gets underway, three Carroll County commissioners have put two plans on the table to spend $12.9 million FY2014 in budget surplus. In a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Carroll County commissioners Doug Howard and Haven Shoemaker proposed a plan to spend the surplus on education, nonprofits and IT upgrades, among other things. "I think [this plan] will actually allow us to move forward in strengthening some of the areas that have been struggling for the past couple years," Howard said.
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By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Carroll County school officials have discontinued use of a cafeteria checkout system with palm-scan technology after protests from parents who said the system violated their children's privacy. School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie announced his decision Wednesday to halt use of the system, called PalmSecure, and to ask officials to look at other options. His announcement came after a meeting with County Commissioner Doug Howard, who cited concerns among parents who worried about possible security breaches.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Lorraine D. Mihok, a retired John Carroll School office administrator, died March 6 at Symphony Manor Assisted Living of complications from a fall following a stroke she suffered in 2012. The Forest Hill resident was 75. Born Lorraine Dailey in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Irving Dailey, a trucking firm owner, and Stella Dailey, a homemaker. Raised on East Preston Street, she was a 1956 graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore, where she excelled academically. She became a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. secretary and worked at its Lexington Street headquarters.
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By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system - raising concerns from some parents that their children's privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale.
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By Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2011
Carroll County schools again scored well above the state average in most categories measured by the Maryland School Assessment, though the school system saw slightly decline in seven of the 12 grade-level measures of math and reading. Figures for latest round of MSAs were released by the state on June 29. The MSA was administered to 365,000 students throughout the state in grades three through eight. The test fulfills the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act, used to determine if students of all sub-groups are making adequate yearly progress.
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January 23, 2005
Several Carroll schools have announced projects to raise money and collect necessities for tsunami relief. Projects include: Eldersburg Elementary School pupils are holding a drive, "America Sends Love," to raise money that will be turned over to the Church of the Brethren for tsunami victims. Pupils have been encouraged to think of others, sacrifice a personal luxury such as a toy or an ice cream, and donate their change. Containers have been set up in each suite for donations, and fifth-graders are collecting and counting the money on a daily basis.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Mary Gail Hare contributed to this article | January 29, 1997
After running the Head Start program in Carroll County for more than 30 years, county school officials are dropping out.But schools will continue to offer classroom space if another agency will take over the duties of running the federally funded program, said Gregory Eckles, director of secondary education and acting director of curriculum and staff development."
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2003
Scrambling to find ways to make up five snow days and concerned that more wintry weather might be on the way, Carroll County officials have asked the state schools superintendent to allow them to shorten the school year and open schools on remaining state holidays. School board members will not decide until the middle of the month or next month how to make up snow days beyond the four that were built into the school calendar. But they have agreed to ask Maryland Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick for every available option and weigh them later.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2000
When Carroll schools Superintendent William H. Hyde left quickly and unexpectedly this month for a new job in Montana, he took with him several pieces of equipment funded by taxpayers, including a handheld computer, a cellular telephone and a laptop computer. School spokeswoman Carey Gaddis said late yesterday afternoon that school officials expect the school board-issued items to be returned Friday when Hyde is officially no longer superintendent. The equipment flap is the latest in a series of disputes to arise since Hyde suddenly announced that he would retire Sept.
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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.
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | 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.
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By John Culleton | 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.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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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.
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By Steve Earley, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2000
William H. Hyde, former superintendent of Carroll County public schools, returned from Montana and spent 2 1/2 hours yesterday testifying before a special grand jury about possible illegalities stemming from school construction projects during his tenure. Appearing harried, Hyde dashed from the grand jury room about 3:30 p.m., saying he had no time to comment about his testimony. "I have a medical appointment in five minutes," he said without slowing to answer questions. He looked over his shoulder and said he would be returning to Montana today.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | December 17, 1992
East Middle School students of Loretta Hill, who are not particularly fond of reading, go on a class project each year to read aloud to children at a nearby day-care center.That's just one example of things students are doing now that will count toward the new state-mandated community service requirement, said Peter B. McDowell, director of secondary education for Carroll schools. The Maryland Board of Education approved the program -- the first statewide program of its kind in the country -- in August.
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By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Carroll County school officials have discontinued use of a cafeteria checkout system with palm-scan technology after protests from parents who said the system violated their children's privacy. School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie announced his decision Wednesday to halt use of the system, called PalmSecure, and to ask officials to look at other options. His announcement came after a meeting with County Commissioner Doug Howard, who cited concerns among parents who worried about possible security breaches.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
Century High School in Sykesville was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after threatening graffiti was written on a bathroom wall, Carroll County school officials said. An Alert Now electronic message sent out by the school system about 2 p.m. said that law enforcement officials conducted a "comprehensive" search of the school and found "no threat or danger. " Students and staff re-entered the building, the message said. The incident came a day after graffiti was found on a bathroom wall at Sykesville Middle School that indicated a threat to the building, according to another Alert Now electronic message from the school system.
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