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July 13, 2005
THE ISSUE: SCHOOL HOURS Last week, Anne Arundel County school board members considered testimony from school transportation officials and parents from Annapolis and Severna Park high schools about school operating hours. Supervisor of Transportation Winship Wheatley explained several options to change the high school start time of 7:17 a.m., the earliest in the state. These included shifting the time all schools begin by about 15 minutes, picking up high school students after elementary and middle-schoolers instead of before them, and hiring more bus drivers and purchasing more buses to delay the start time of only high school students - at a substantial cost.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 13, 2005
A committee of Anne Arundel school officials recommended last night that the applications of two proposed charter schools be approved by the Board of Education. However, in making the recommendation, they said they still have questions. KIPP Harbor Academy and Chesapeake Science Point are expected to open in the fall, but school system officials said they need to know how the new schools would provide for special education and pupil transportation, among other things. School board members, who also attended the Annapolis meeting, will have until March to vote on whether to give final approval.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | February 9, 2007
Anne Arundel County school board members approved $2.7 million for stiffer school security, despite their own concerns about how the money fits into a sweeping $39 million security plan. It is a plan they have been told about for two years, but still have not seen. At a meeting Wednesday, the board approved $1.2 million - on top of $1.5 million given last summer - for improvements such as cameras at schools, fencing and expanded security at athletic events. But school board members said the approval for extra funds put them in an awkward situation of not knowing how their spending this year gels with $39 million of security weaknesses highlighted in a 2005 consultant's report.
NEWS
September 17, 2006
ISSUE: In the wake of increasing complaints from parents and school board members about the prevalence of inappropriately dressed students, Harford County school officials are stepping up enforcement of the dress code. Some students think the dress code is too stringent, but administrators say it's about setting limits on what is appropriate attire for the school environment. YOUR VIEW: Are school officials over-reacting with their increased enforcement of the dress code? Tell us what you think.
NEWS
February 14, 2002
The Glenelg High School PTSA's Safety Committee will sponsor a discussion about how decisions are made to delay school start times when weather conditions are poor. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the school cafeteria. Glenn J. Johnson, director of transportation for Howard County schools, County Councilman Allan H. Kittleman, school board members, school bus contractors, and representatives from the Department of Public Works will attend. The PTSA is collecting used cellular phones and charging cords for school bus drivers who have no other means of communication en route.
NEWS
April 29, 2012
That schools CEO Andrés Alonso deplores the lavish renovation at headquarters only after the work has been done says a lot about why he should go. Mr. Alonso has abused having a driver, and he brings in outside auditors when standardized tests are given because he doesn't trust the people who work for him, He and the mayor were pictured with President Obama when he signed a wavier to do away with certain requirements of the No Child Left...
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2003
Scrambling to find ways to make up five snow days and concerned that more wintry weather might be on the way, Carroll County officials have asked the state schools superintendent to allow them to shorten the school year and open schools on remaining state holidays. School board members will not decide until the middle of the month or next month how to make up snow days beyond the four that were built into the school calendar. But they have agreed to ask Maryland Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick for every available option and weigh them later.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2001
Despite the overwhelming sentiment against them, Anne Arundel County school board members stood their ground yesterday, voting to double the time sixth-graders spend in reading classes next year even though it means less time for art and music courses. The board voted 7-1, with President Paul G. Rudolph opposed, to transform language arts into two periods a day with the hope that the action will reverse the trend of falling reading performance in middle school. "Our students need this," said board member Tony Spencer.
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By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 31, 2013
On Halloween morning, Dunloggin Middle School in Ellicott City received a treat for all the environmental improvements that students and faculty have accomplished in recent years. Gov. Martin O'Malley visited the school in recognition of its dedication to the environment, as shown through projects including a stream restoration/wetland construction project and an oyster gardening group. "It's so overwhelming," said Pam Kidwell, who along with fellow teacher Dan Blue, started working on the stream restoration project eight years ago in 2005.
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