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By John Murphy and John Murphy,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1999
Top Carroll County school officials doctored videotapes of school board meetings and withheld other information regarding the troubled construction of Cranberry Station Elementary School, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.The suit, filed by Cranberry Station's original contractor, James W. Ancel Inc. of Towson, accuses school officials of violating Maryland's Public Information Act, which protects the public's access to government documents and materials.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Tuesday pledged to improve communications with Rodgers Forge residents regarding updates and revisions of a controversial proposal to renovate Dumbarton Middle School - a project that involves removal of several historic trees on the property. The $27.5 million plan calls for additions and renovations to make the 58-year-old school compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, bring the interior up to 21st-century standards and improve traffic flow and safety.
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May 19, 1991
County school officials will celebrate the first part of a comprehensive computer school network with a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesdayat North Carroll High.The project will connect Carroll high school students with each other and other schools nationwide via computer. Designers hope to expand the project worldwide.Money for the project is being provided by the school system, theBoard of Commissioners and the Maryland State Department of Education.Federal money from the Elementary and Secondary Math and Science Initiative and the Carl Perkins Vocational Act will be used.
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The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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August 27, 2011
Faced with the threat of Hurricane Irene, county school officials have canceled all weekend events at the schools and planned to inspect the buildings and grounds Sunday to decide whether the schools will open for the year on Monday morning, as scheduled. An alert sent to parents Friday afternoon announced that all school-sponsored activities, including athletic practices, were canceled for the weekend in anticipation of the storm. In addition, school system maintenance workers will inspect buildings and grounds on Sunday, the alert stated, and any change in the school schedule will be announced "early Sunday evening.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2003
Defying Maryland orders, Baltimore County school officials told teachers that they should not read questions on this week's Maryland School Assessment tests to students with special needs who should have received that help under federal law. County school officials made the mistake after the Maryland State Department of Education sent two letters and conducted workshops for local school systems emphasizing the requirement to provide the reading help....
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,Staff Writer | November 27, 1992
A Howard County program for seriously disturbed children will remain open -- at least for the next couple of weeks.The Children's Guild of Baltimore on Wednesday postponed a decision until early December on whether to close its Howard County extension program. The postponement came a day after county school officials offered to move the program inside a public building, in part, to help reduce expenses.The program is currently on the grounds of Taylor Manor Hospital, a private psychiatric facility in Ellicott City.
NEWS
March 24, 1994
County school officials broke ground yesterday for a new Solley Road Elementary School -- a project intended to replace an overcrowded school built in the 1930s.Money for the school was won last year in a bitter fight. The project was deleted from the county's budget in May, but restored in June.The 74,000-square-foot building, which is expected to cost $6.5 million, is scheduled to open its doors in September 1995. It has been designed to accommodate about 600 students for the Pasadena-Glen Burnie area.
NEWS
August 14, 2007
Anew computerized program being tested in some Baltimore County schools could help keep better track of how students are progressing -- but it also raises a lot of questions. County school officials should move very cautiously and conduct a rigorous cost-benefit analysis before broadly implementing a program that could mean a lot more work for teachers. The "Articulated Instruction Module" offers a computerized checklist of what individual students have learned and where they might still need to concentrate on building their skills.
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By Dianne Williams Hayes and Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer | November 14, 1990
County school officials are bracing for a statewide report card that may spell bad news.For the first time, each of the 24 school districts in the state will be graded on their performances in the three Maryland Functional Tests, attendance and dropout rates. County school officials already are sounding an alarm to prevent what they say may be misunderstandings about the report.During a press briefing yesterday, School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton said he is concerned about some aspects of the 1989 Maryland School Performance Program, which is a direct result of the Sondheim Commission established by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to improve public schools.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Baltimore County schools dealt with reported threats on three separate campuses Thursday morning, as officials worked to quash rumors and assure parents their children are safe. The schools were not placed on lock down and all the rumors proved to be unfounded, officials said. "It appears at this point that a flurry of rumors is circulating on social media," said Charles Herndon, county schools spokesman. "People are understandably on edge because of recent events and these threats are really playing on people's nerves.
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By Larry Perl and Sara Toth | August 27, 2012
Perry Hall High School is more than 20 miles from Catonsville High, where Principal Deborah Bittner announced Monday, Aug. 27, on the school intercom, "There's been a tragic situation ... " "It's made us think and rethink how we would handle something like this," Bittner said an interview, reflecting on the shooting at Perry Hall High that morning. There, a male student was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot by a fellow student with a shotgun during the first lunch period of the school year, according to county police.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
The Bel Air High School production of "Almost, Maine," almost debuted in Harford County absent a scene many students considered critical to the drama about love in a small town. When county school officials demanded that the scene involving homosexual romance be deleted from the show, students cried censorship and discrimination and contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. After a strongly worded letter from the civil rights organization, officials reversed their decision with apologies.
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August 27, 2011
Faced with the threat of Hurricane Irene, county school officials have canceled all weekend events at the schools and planned to inspect the buildings and grounds Sunday to decide whether the schools will open for the year on Monday morning, as scheduled. An alert sent to parents Friday afternoon announced that all school-sponsored activities, including athletic practices, were canceled for the weekend in anticipation of the storm. In addition, school system maintenance workers will inspect buildings and grounds on Sunday, the alert stated, and any change in the school schedule will be announced "early Sunday evening.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
Anne Arundel County began the local school year Monday, with students and parents sharing some excitement — and a bit of nervousness. The county's first- through fifth-, sixth- and ninth-grade students marked the opening wave of what county school officials say is a record enrollment: more than 75,500. Most of Anne Arundel's remaining students will return Tuesday , including those at more than a dozen campuses that had delayed starts because of construction. "I'm looking to do better in school than I did last year," said Tyrek Thornton of Glen Burnie, who is entering the sixth grade at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,john-john.williams@baltsun.com | August 15, 2009
Marcy Leonard eyed the four thick New York strip steaks that rested atop the hot grill. Occasional flames jumped up as the juices from the meat dripped below. Her two assistants stood a few feet away, concentrating on chopping zucchini, squash and tomato for a roasted vegetable bruschetta. "Forty minutes, ladies!" Leonard yelled above the surrounding chatter and other sounds of the Howard County Fair. "We've got 40 minutes." Her teammates nodded and quickened their pace. At first glance, one wouldn't know that Leonard has no formal culinary training.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Caitlin Francke and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this article | January 23, 1998
A North Laurel elementary school teacher who suffered an apparent drug overdose on campus is well-liked by students and parents, and Howard County school officials said yesterday he never showed any signs of addiction.But some parents are questioning why the school system does not require prospective teachers to undergo drug testing and are upset that students may have been exposed to someone using drugs."My first reaction was I felt really sorry for him, but my next feeling was anger," said Denise Wesolowski, who has two children at the school.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1998
Baltimore County school officials, expecting at least $10 million in state school construction funds next year, pleaded their case yesterday for another $27 million to build and renovate schools.School officials had requested $36.9 million during an initial round of funding requests this fall, although so far they have only been assured of the $10 million.Yesterday, Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione and three administrators requested more state aid -- particularly to fix up older schools -- from the state Interagency Committee in Baltimore, which recommends state funding levels for school construction projects.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Nick.madigan@baltsun.com | June 23, 2009
Over the course of some 18 years, Mary and Ron Koontz had, by any definition, a troubled marriage. There were fights and recriminations, they both said, and a great deal of unhappiness. Finally, in November 2007, Ron Koontz, who had been a teacher and wrestling coach at Towson High School and later became an administrator in the Baltimore County schools system, asked a Circuit Court judge to order his wife evaluated for mental illness because of her "anger and rage," which he said was "becoming more frequent and intensifying."
NEWS
November 29, 2007
High school teacher files suit over firing A former Sollers Point Technical High School teacher is seeking lost wages, unpaid benefits and punitive damages in a lawsuit filed yesterday that contends Baltimore County school officials wrongfully fired him last year. Joseph F. Vrzalik of Perry Hall was fired despite "extremely laudatory" work evaluations and his completion of coursework to obtain a teaching certificate, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit does not specify an amount for damages, but Vrzalik's attorney, Howard J. Needle, said he is seeking a judgment in "the six figures."
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