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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2004
For Ken Hovet, life now is a mixture of relief, anger and anxiety. The 43-year-old former Oakland Mills High School athletic director and football coach got his teaching job and back pay restored by the Howard County school board this week. Today, he is due in Circuit Court, seeking $113,000 in legal fees and damages from his fight to obtain access to documents he needed to prepare a defense against charges that he should be fired in a grade-changing scandal. But important as all that is, there is something more vital to Hovet, a plain-spoken father of three who agreed to be interviewed yesterday in the downtown Washington law office of Thomas R. Bundy III, a 1991 Oakland Mills High graduate who represented Hovet.
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January 19, 1993
Will the real Howard County school system please stand up?Is it the shallow-eyed waif asking for another bowl of gruel, or the rich kid with the bow tie and the perfect part in his hair? Who could tell from the mixed signals emanating from the county school system.Last fall, the school administration suggested that the county might have to go to double sessions or a year-round school calendar to accommodate all the youngsters attending public school in the county. This month, Superintendent Michael E. Hickey reports that "the county revenue picture is looking very good," and the county can afford an 8 percent increase in its budget for next year without a tax increase.
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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.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1997
Instead of being suspended, some disruptive students in Howard County will find themselves attending classes on weekends and at night.As part of a far-reaching effort to curb misbehavior, the Howard school board agreed late Tuesday to create Saturday and evening schools and voted to expand the county's Gateway School -- a program for middle and high school students with emotional and behavioral problems.Students smokers are likely to be among the first to attend weekend classes. Saturday school will be the automatic penalty for being caught with tobacco.
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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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