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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 18, 1996
Howard County school days likely will be lengthened this spring because of Friday's snowstorm, the school system's ninth canceled day so far this school year.The county school board will not determine how much time to add to each 6 1/2 -hour school day until later, but it's expected that days will be lengthened beginning April 17, said schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan.The school days must be lengthened because the Howard school system already has used its available snow days.Students attended school on a scheduled teacher training day last month and are to attend classes on tomorrow's President's Day holiday.
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November 25, 2012
The Howard County school board's apology for the era of segregated schools seems at first blush a magnanimous gesture of reconciliation ("Howard school board apologizes for segregation," Nov. 16). But on further reflection, it doesn't jibe with the board's more recent history. While addressing issues from a dark, bygone era of racial inequality may be cathartic, those who created and perpetuated that social order are long gone. But present day board members need only look back to 2009, when they were party to the widespread disrespect of President Barack Obama by making students' attendance at his welcome back to school address optional.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1997
Howard County schools are about to launch an ambitious systemwide survey in an attempt to assess whether the perceptions of parents, teachers and students match the system's consistent top performance on state achievement exams.Beginning this week, the survey will be taken in county schools by 34,000 third- through 12th-graders and 2,700 instructional staff members, and it will be sent home to 26,000 families who have children in Howard schools."This is the single most massive attempt on the part of the school system -- at least in my time here -- to gather feedback from our various customers," Howard school Superintendent Michael E. Hickey said yesterday at a news conference.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2004
The Howard County Board of Education wants school boards across the state to have more power when it comes to hiring and firing superintendents. Howard school board members are asking for the authority to fire a superintendent in the final year of a contract after being frustrated this year in their attempt to get rid of former Superintendent John R. O'Rourke. The board's options were limited when it tried to get O'Rourke to leave with five months remaining on his contract, but he refused to budge.
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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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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 Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Caitlin Francke, Dana Hedgpeth, Craig Timberg and Del Quentin Wilber contributed to this article | January 22, 1998
A Howard County elementary teacher passed out in a school bathroom last week from an apparent drug overdose and was discovered by a student, Howard school officials said yesterday.The teacher, a first-year prekindergarten and kindergarten teacher at Laurel Woods elementary, was found after school hours unconscious in a bathroom stall, Michael E. Hickey, Howard school superintendent, said.Associate Superintendent James R. McGowan confirmed that the teacher is Garrett M. Bradley, 28, of Baltimore, who was charged in a Jan. 15 warrant with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
Parents and students at Columbia's Wilde Lake High School came before the Howard school board last night to speak their minds -- at times loudly and angrily -- about the school's embattled principal.About half who spoke expressed support for Wilde Lake Principal Roger Plunkett, but others said that his actions have divided the school community."What is happening today at Wilde Lake High disturbs me greatly ," said Victoria Cofield-Aber, whose daughter is a senior at the school. "Today, I see a breakdown in trust.
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