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May 5, 2014
The Board of Education of Harford County is seeking applications from interested county residents to fill one opening on the school system's Audit Committee. The purpose of the five-member committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its fiduciary oversight responsibilities. The committee serves as an independent body to monitor the school system's financial reporting processes and internal controls. The committee meets at least quarterly to review financial performance and may meet annually, in separate sessions, with management, the internal auditor and the external auditor.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 12, 2014
Editor: I was pleased to see Bryna Zumer's article in last week's Aegis about the growing popularity of solar electric power. I was disappointed Harford County Public Schools did not get mentioned, as we were one of the first to install photo-voltaic systems on seven of our schools in 2011.  I have attached information about our systems. More recently, we were recognized for being one of the first school systems in the state to implement a comprehensive commercial composting program at several schools.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 20, 2013
The following was sent to Harford County Executive David R. Craig. A copy was provided for publication. After reading your recent letters, I find myself once again obliged to respond to your comments. It is crucial that the current funding crisis facing our schools not be misconstrued or minimized. Your delineation of the roles and responsibilities of local boards of education as related to governmental bodies is quite accurate. It is very true that local boards of education are intended to be autonomous bodies.
NEWS
May 5, 2014
The Board of Education of Harford County is seeking applications from interested county residents to fill one opening on the school system's Audit Committee. The purpose of the five-member committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its fiduciary oversight responsibilities. The committee serves as an independent body to monitor the school system's financial reporting processes and internal controls. The committee meets at least quarterly to review financial performance and may meet annually, in separate sessions, with management, the internal auditor and the external auditor.
EXPLORE
Letter to The Aegis | February 28, 2013
Editor: We are bound to have a blizzard in the imminent future. I don't often agree with Aegis editorials, particularly those related to education. All I could think when I found myself agreeing with the Feb. 22 Aegis editorial was that it was time to stock up on bread and toilet paper, because snow was coming like never before. As writer stated in the Feb. 22 editorial, I agree whole-heatedly that HCPS should make use of its excess facilities space. This space could be used to address a plethora of needs within the system, including alternative education classrooms, fine arts electives, increased AP and honors classes, more foreign language options, bilingual classrooms for ELL students, increased technical and career education, adult education opportunities, parenting classes, early childhood lab schools, public pre-schools, as well as, greater access to STEM and G/T programming.
EXPLORE
Letter to The Aegis | April 30, 2013
Editor: All citizens of Harford County should be dismayed by County Executive Craig's proposed FY2014 Budget. Despite his claims of being a life-long educator, despite Harford County taking in more revenue than ever before, County Executive Craig has once again shown his misplaced priorities and lack of dedication to our schools. I am disappointed that the County Executive has so little regard for the hardworking HCPS staff, our schools and our students. In February, over 500 school employees stood up for our schools.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | August 12, 2014
Editor: I was pleased to see Bryna Zumer's article in last week's Aegis about the growing popularity of solar electric power. I was disappointed Harford County Public Schools did not get mentioned, as we were one of the first to install photo-voltaic systems on seven of our schools in 2011.  I have attached information about our systems. More recently, we were recognized for being one of the first school systems in the state to implement a comprehensive commercial composting program at several schools.
EXPLORE
March 6, 2012
Editor: It is indeed welcome news that the Harford County Public Schools, on the initiative of Superintendent Dr. Robert Tomback plans to fortify the offerings of advanced placement courses to students (As noted in The Aegis editorial, "Cause for concern" published Feb.17) but one has to wonder if we have seen this pattern before. In Harford County Public Schools, a positive public relations pitch drives almost everything and reports of increased AP enrollment is seen as a positive public relations tool for the local school system.
EXPLORE
April 9, 2013
Harford County Public Schools students and faculty got some welcome news Tuesday: the school year will be ending three days earlier than expected. The school system - which has been closed six days for weather this school year - was granted a waiver for three of those days, Dr. Lillian Lowery, the state superintendent of schools, announced Tuesday. Harford County Public Schools were closed for three days near the beginning of the school year by the effects of what was left of Hurricane Sandy as the superstorm passed through the region.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | March 4, 2014
Editor: During County Executive Craig's final State of the County Address, he extolled the accomplishments of his administration. Most notable among these were many construction projects, including a new sheriff's office, emergency operations center, new schools, etc. Presumably, Mr. Craig believes that these edifices alone fulfill his commitment to public safety and education. While Mr. Craig's commitment to development and construction cannot be questioned, his commitment to both public safety and education are suspect.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | March 4, 2014
Editor: During County Executive Craig's final State of the County Address, he extolled the accomplishments of his administration. Most notable among these were many construction projects, including a new sheriff's office, emergency operations center, new schools, etc. Presumably, Mr. Craig believes that these edifices alone fulfill his commitment to public safety and education. While Mr. Craig's commitment to development and construction cannot be questioned, his commitment to both public safety and education are suspect.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | February 18, 2014
The following letter wes sent to Barbara P. Canavan, interim superintendentof Harford County Public Schools, and Nancy Reynolds, president of the county Board of Education. A copy was provided for publication. As a follow-up to our letter to you of February 6, the Harford County Delegation requests your presence at our next delegation meeting on Friday, February 21, 2014. The precise time is to be determined, but will be between 9 and 10:30 am. Our purpose is to have a better dialogue and to come to a better understanding of the circumstances which occurred in relation to the Board of Public Works appeal hearing on Feb. 5. We would also like to discuss issues concerning vocational training in the Harford County Public School system.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | August 20, 2013
The following was sent to Harford County Executive David R. Craig. A copy was provided for publication. After reading your recent letters, I find myself once again obliged to respond to your comments. It is crucial that the current funding crisis facing our schools not be misconstrued or minimized. Your delineation of the roles and responsibilities of local boards of education as related to governmental bodies is quite accurate. It is very true that local boards of education are intended to be autonomous bodies.
EXPLORE
Letter to The Aegis | April 30, 2013
Editor: All citizens of Harford County should be dismayed by County Executive Craig's proposed FY2014 Budget. Despite his claims of being a life-long educator, despite Harford County taking in more revenue than ever before, County Executive Craig has once again shown his misplaced priorities and lack of dedication to our schools. I am disappointed that the County Executive has so little regard for the hardworking HCPS staff, our schools and our students. In February, over 500 school employees stood up for our schools.
EXPLORE
April 9, 2013
Harford County Public Schools students and faculty got some welcome news Tuesday: the school year will be ending three days earlier than expected. The school system - which has been closed six days for weather this school year - was granted a waiver for three of those days, Dr. Lillian Lowery, the state superintendent of schools, announced Tuesday. Harford County Public Schools were closed for three days near the beginning of the school year by the effects of what was left of Hurricane Sandy as the superstorm passed through the region.
EXPLORE
Letter to The Aegis | February 28, 2013
Editor: We are bound to have a blizzard in the imminent future. I don't often agree with Aegis editorials, particularly those related to education. All I could think when I found myself agreeing with the Feb. 22 Aegis editorial was that it was time to stock up on bread and toilet paper, because snow was coming like never before. As writer stated in the Feb. 22 editorial, I agree whole-heatedly that HCPS should make use of its excess facilities space. This space could be used to address a plethora of needs within the system, including alternative education classrooms, fine arts electives, increased AP and honors classes, more foreign language options, bilingual classrooms for ELL students, increased technical and career education, adult education opportunities, parenting classes, early childhood lab schools, public pre-schools, as well as, greater access to STEM and G/T programming.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | February 18, 2014
The following letter wes sent to Barbara P. Canavan, interim superintendentof Harford County Public Schools, and Nancy Reynolds, president of the county Board of Education. A copy was provided for publication. As a follow-up to our letter to you of February 6, the Harford County Delegation requests your presence at our next delegation meeting on Friday, February 21, 2014. The precise time is to be determined, but will be between 9 and 10:30 am. Our purpose is to have a better dialogue and to come to a better understanding of the circumstances which occurred in relation to the Board of Public Works appeal hearing on Feb. 5. We would also like to discuss issues concerning vocational training in the Harford County Public School system.
EXPLORE
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 4, 2013
More than 300 students from drama classes around Harford County gathered in the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School Jan. 30 for the annual HCPS Dramafest. This event, sponsored through the school system's English/Language Arts Department, allows advanced drama students to perform short drama presentations for their peers throughout the county. Students from each high school were represented. This year, nine "Ten-Minute Plays" were presented by the attending schools.
EXPLORE
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 4, 2013
More than 300 students from drama classes around Harford County gathered in the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School Jan. 30 for the annual HCPS Dramafest. This event, sponsored through the school system's English/Language Arts Department, allows advanced drama students to perform short drama presentations for their peers throughout the county. Students from each high school were represented. This year, nine "Ten-Minute Plays" were presented by the attending schools.
EXPLORE
March 6, 2012
Editor: It is indeed welcome news that the Harford County Public Schools, on the initiative of Superintendent Dr. Robert Tomback plans to fortify the offerings of advanced placement courses to students (As noted in The Aegis editorial, "Cause for concern" published Feb.17) but one has to wonder if we have seen this pattern before. In Harford County Public Schools, a positive public relations pitch drives almost everything and reports of increased AP enrollment is seen as a positive public relations tool for the local school system.
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