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May 5, 1993
A group of parents has decided to appeal a Howard County school board decision that redistricts the boundaries for Wilde Lake and Centennial high schools. We hope they are successful, although we doubt they will win in the way that they anticipate.The appeal, which was made to the State Board of Education, comes from several communities affected by the redistricting. It charges that by shifting their neighborhoods from the Centennial to the Wilde Lake district, school officials failed to increase the minority and non-English-speaking population at Centennial while overburdening Wilde Lake with those students.
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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 rTC 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.
NEWS
November 17, 1993
News that Howard County has the best school system in Maryland is nothing new. County schools ranked number one in achievement on the state's school performance program for the fourth year in a row. And the Howard system was the only one to meet standards in 13 categories, including test scores and rates of promotion, dropouts and attendance.Such stratospheric results can be numbing, but the wisest educator would admit that there is always room for improvement.For Howard, the most glaring problem spot comes from the results of another battery of tests given to third, fifth and eighth-graders that measures learning in reading, math, social studies and science.
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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 Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2003
The state's Open Meetings Compliance Board has again been asked to deliver an opinion on the practices of the Howard County Board of Education, which has repeatedly been accused of violating sunshine laws. Former school board candidate Melody Higgins has asked the panel to investigate the legality of action taken during a June 17 closed meeting and the legitimacy of a phone-poll decision made June 20. She has also asked the compliance board to render an opinion - the fifth such request concerning this school board since 2000 - on whether a school superintendent is a public officer and could not legally receive a pay increase while in office.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | February 9, 1992
Howard County Superintendent Michael E. Hickey will be interviewed for a job in suburban Seattle tomorrow, a development that has caught school board members by surprise -- and left them wondering whether they'll have a superintendent in the spring.The situation is tentative, with Hickey saying he is unsure whether he'll get or accept a superintendent's job in Washington. County school officials say that they expect a commitment from Hickey on their recent offer to renew his contract.Despite being "a little hurt" by Hickey's failure to inform her of another job prospect, "we still want him to stay, although we need a commitment by March 1," said Board of Education chairwoman Deborah D. Kendig.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
Four months after becoming chief administrative officer of Harford County schools, Raymond H. Brown is resigning and returning to the Howard County school system. "It's a great opportunity," Brown, 55, said yesterday. He will assume his new post as Howard's chief business officer May 19, overseeing financial matters, as well as school planning and construction. When Brown left the Howard school system at the end of December, he called the move a "great opportunity to grow professionally," though it meant a $14,000 pay cut. Some, however, speculated that Brown's resignation had more to do with friction with John R. O'Rourke, the former Howard County superintendent.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | August 13, 2006
Kunja Ra moved to the United States from Korea three weeks ago with limited English skills and was apprehensive about registering her 11-year-old son, Andrew Cho, for elementary school. But after a quick trip to the Howard County school system's International Student Registration Center, all of her questions were answered. With help from an interpreter, she completed all of the necessary paperwork required for the enrollment. And she learned that her son's years of English-preparatory classes had paid off: Andrew would not have to enroll in English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL.
NEWS
September 21, 1994
The removal of Lawrence A. Snoops as a plumbing subcontractor on Howard County's $30.8 million state-of-the-art River Hill High School project raises serious questions about possible impropriety. Beyond the usual concern about nepotism -- Mr. Snoops is the son of Hilda Mae Snoops, longtime friend of Gov. William Donald Schaefer -- there is also the question of why the state took back $2 million in construction funds already promised to the project.In all, the Howard school system incurred a $4 million cost overrun at River Hill, which the County Council covered this week by approving a budget transfer.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1996
Even though Howard County students missed another day of school Friday, it is unlikely to add another school day to the year or more hours to the school day.Howard pupils have missed 10 days of classes so far this school year because of bad weather.But the school system needs to make up only eight days because the Maryland State Board of Education has reduced the minimum number of school days this year from 180 to 178.Two of Howard's canceled days already have been made up, when students attended classes on a teacher training day and on the Presidents Day holiday.
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