December 18, 2012
It's easy to get lost in the back and forth about education policy decisions in Harford County, or anywhere else for that matter, and focus on problems like portable classrooms, security issues, teacher retirement plan funding and the like. A danger when this happens is the focus is lost on what's right with our public school system, and there's plenty that's right. Maryland has one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the country, and Harford County's public schools have been among the top tier in the state.
December 13, 2012
Anne Arundel County Public School officials said on Thursday the county Department of Health has not recommended additional cleaning steps to be taken amid the Tuesday death of a Glen Burnie High School junior, who had become ill the day before with symptoms associated with bacterial meningitis. School officials on Wednesday said that a letter was sent home to students' parents outlining the girl's death and providing information about bacterial meningitis. "The county Department of Health has not recommended any additional cleaning procedures for us outside of our normal daily cleaning procedures," said Anne Arundel schools spokesman Bob Mosier.
August 10, 2012
WESTMINSTER — With a trio of figures holding the world and a theme of "Building the Future," a new logo for Carroll County Public Schools was unveiled this week at the Aug. 8 Board of Education meeting. The logo is a variation of a design developed by Beth Sheedy, a 2012 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School. Sheedy had developed a logo based on a system-wide project to come up with new look to represent the new theme, "Carroll County Public Schools - Building the Future. " The process stems from a December 2011 initiative that created a new mission statement for the school system with the "Building the Future" theme.
July 12, 2012
Arthur Everett Petersen Sr., a pioneering African-American educator whose career with Baltimore County public schools spanned four decades and the era of segregated schools, died July 6 of a heart attack at his West Baltimore home. He was 94. "Arthur started in the segregated school system and was one of the real leaders in moving it toward integration. He was extremely helpful in that process," said Robert Y. Dubel, who headed Baltimore County's public schools for 16 years until retiring in 1992.
July 1, 2012
Baltimore County Public Schools has announced that due to the effects of Friday's storms, 42 of public schools are without power as of Sunday evening and will be closed on Monday, July 2. Summer school does not begin in Baltimore County schools until Monday, July 9, but many have regular administrative offices, and some host programs during the summer months. School officials said that following the storm, 52 county school sites initially had lost power, and many schools, administrative offices, grounds and parking and walking areas were affected by fallen trees and other debris.
June 25, 2012
Steven Robert Hardy, a Harford County public school educator whose career spanned more than four decades, died June 13 of cancer at his Bel Air home. He was 64. The son of a real estate salesman and a homemaker, Mr. Hardy was born and raised in Havre de Grace. After graduating from Havre de Grace High School in 1965, he earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1969 from what is now Towson University. He completed his graduate studies in education administration at Morgan State University and had earned a master's degree from Loyola University Maryland.