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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | June 22, 1997
It's over. The speeches, interviews, resume polishing, stumping, waiting.The Baltimore-area student school board members have been selected and are being sworn in this spring and summer by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who probably can identify with some of the maneuvering to gain high political office they've just gone through.These young enthusiasts -- some involved in sports, many at the top of their class and all involved with student government -- didn't just stumble onto school boards, the governing bodies for school systems across the state.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Sun | April 20, 2007
After being rebuffed by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, the principal of an Edgewater charter school is planning to appeal to local lawmakers to help the school find room to expand. The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Harbor Academy, which now has 120 fifth- and sixth-graders inside Sojourner-Douglass College on Old Solomons Island Road is negotiating with Mount Moriah AME Church in Annapolis to build on the church's grounds, Principal Jallon Brown said. In the meantime, the school had hoped to move into Annapolis Middle School, which is two-thirds vacant, to keep to its plan to add a seventh grade in the fall and an eighth grade in 2008.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2001
The technology magnet program will remain unchanged at River Hill and Long Reach high schools, at least until school board members can study the recent spate of criticism that has welled up in the community about it. Howard County school board members discussed the future of the school system's prized technology program last night and decided by consensus that they needed more time to evaluate its pros and cons before changing it. Parents have complained...
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | January 25, 2006
The Carroll County school system has returned two disputed books to high schools, but the student who led the effort to have them removed maintains that profanity and sexual references have no place in school libraries. Westminster High School junior Joel Ready felt so strongly that the books were inappropriate that he fired off letters last fall to Superintendent Charles I. Ecker and school board members seeking removal of The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler and Born Too Short: The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case by Dan Elish, after a committee decided to keep them in school libraries.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | October 3, 1999
She should be charismatic, a natural leader.He should tap into teachers' expertise and respect them as professionals.She must be a keen-witted financier.He must weed out incompetence.No one knows who will be Baltimore County's next school superintendent, but school board members and other education players -- parent, teacher and minority representatives -- have a pretty clear idea of the type they'd prefer.The ideal person is an education guru who is equal parts teacher, curriculum wonk and forward-thinking bureaucrat with a master's degree in business administration who knows how to make employees feel energized and appreciated.
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