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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 25, 2000
THE LONG, LANGUID days of summer are coming to an end, at least for the school-age population. But fall brings its own delights. There are new clothes to buy for school and new friends to make in the coming year. And many area groups present new ventures and schedules. The Savage Boys and Girls Club offers a large roster of activities for school-age kids. While soccer registration has indeed ended, there are a few places available for the tardy. New this year is flag football, a noncontact sport for the 7- to 14-year-old set. Volunteer coaches, referees and league directors are needed.
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August 4, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has shown no shyness in the past about standing behind the school system's construction and renovation plans in the face of community opposition - case in point, his infamous "my job to talk, yours to listen" press conference at the ground breaking for a new elementary school in Mays Chapel last year. Yet on Friday he authored a sweeping re-write of Superintendent Dallas Dance's plans for additions, modernization and new construction involving three elementary schools and a middle school in the greater Towson area, plans that had drawn community opposition for everything from traffic to the destruction of century-old trees.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | January 15, 2006
David C. Drown - who has become identified with the laborious task of redistricting for the Howard County public school system - has accepted a new role as director of pupil transportation. He replaces Glenn Johnson, who retires at the end of the month. Drown will be responsible for a transportation system that includes 400 contracted buses that carry about 37,000 students each school day. His biggest challenge, he said, will be to attract and maintain qualified contractors and school bus drivers.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed a new 700-seat elementary school near the center of Towson on Friday to relieve overcrowding, telling the school superintendent that he won't fund the school system's plans to renovate two other schools. In a letter to Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance, the county executive said he is withdrawing support for renovations to the former Loch Raven Elementary and Cromwell Valley Elementary because they are too costly.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
Here is a list of future meetings that will address middle school redistricting: • Oct. 29, 7 p.m. — Public hearing • Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. — Public hearing • Nov. 15, 10 a.m. — Work session • Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. — Final vote on middle school redistricting All meetings are open to the public and take place at the Department of Education...
NEWS
November 19, 1992
Board of Education officials will discuss plans to open a new middle school on Mountain Road at a Nov. 30 meeting for Riviera Beach Elementary parents.Children from Riviera Beach, Fort Smallwood and Jacobsville elementary schools would attend the new school, which is on the same grounds as Chesapeake Middle and High schools.The plan aims to alleviate overcrowding at George Fox Middle School.Michael Raible, county director of school planning and construction, will meet with parents at 7:30 p.m. at Riviera Beach Elementary, 8515 Jenkins Road.
NEWS
March 21, 2010
•Gifted and talented testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 1 at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court in Columbia. Testing is for nonpublic-school students in grades 5-7 who plan to enter county middle schools in August. To register and more information, parents should call 410-313-6800. Deadline is April 23. •The Howard County public school system is seeking members for a potential Attendance Area Adjustment Committee to the Superintendent. Redistricting may be under consideration for next year.
NEWS
May 27, 2014
In response to Brenda Payne's open letter to state Attorney General Douglas Gansler, I say hats off to Ms. Payne ( "Dear Mr. Gansler," May 20). I was a teacher years ago but left when my children were born. However, my husband was a teacher in Baltimore City for 31 years, and my daughter has been teaching in Baltimore County for 15 years. I also volunteer several days a week at the local elementary school and work with some wonderful teachers. All of the teachers I know are skilled, devoted to their students and work very hard.
NEWS
November 5, 2003
Group is honoring minority children who did well on test The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County will recognize elementary school-age African-American and other minority children who attend community learning centers and scored at or above the 81st percentile on this year's CTBS/5, the national Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills. The test was given to second-, fourth- and sixth-graders in March. The event has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today, Friday and Nov. 12, because of the large number of children who will receive awards.
NEWS
January 14, 2001
Better planning would win schools more state funds It is time for the taxpayers, parents and educators of Carroll County to know why our state has repeatedly refused to fund new school construction in this county, especially the Cranberry Station Elementary School and the new Westminster-area high school: Our county does not appear to have a comprehensive systemwide school plan at this time. Our county and school decision-makers continue to insist on building new schools in the wrong places and have different rules for different areas of the county when it comes to school planning.
NEWS
May 27, 2014
In response to Brenda Payne's open letter to state Attorney General Douglas Gansler, I say hats off to Ms. Payne ( "Dear Mr. Gansler," May 20). I was a teacher years ago but left when my children were born. However, my husband was a teacher in Baltimore City for 31 years, and my daughter has been teaching in Baltimore County for 15 years. I also volunteer several days a week at the local elementary school and work with some wonderful teachers. All of the teachers I know are skilled, devoted to their students and work very hard.
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 8, 2014
Towson area state and local officials have written to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance asking for assurances that the Loch Raven Elementary School building will be saved - and Dance's chief of staff says plans call for renovation and an addition at the school. The 66-year-old school building hasn't welcomed elementary school students since 1982 but Dance last year proposed moving the children of Halstead Academy to a new school on the Loch Raven site. Local and community officials have continued to express fears about demolishing the 1948 school, which currently operates as a community center and is protected as a historic landmark.
NEWS
January 30, 2014
Your recent editorial pooh-poohing expanding to other counties the innovative school construction model the legislature approved for Baltimore City missed the mark by a wide margin ("School construction apples and oranges," Jan. 14). I didn't vote for the Baltimore plan because the city is a special case (although, in some other important ways, it is). I voted for it because the plan made fiscal, educational and economic sense for taxpayers and for kids. The state school construction program, a progressive innovation in the 1970s when Governor Marvin Mandel and the legislature created it, needs updating.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
On the matter of reopening Loch Raven Elementary School and moving the Halstead Academy population to Loch Raven, Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools Dallas Dance has been less than candid about the role that the Loch Raven Village and Knettishall communities and other stakeholders have played in the process ("Loch Raven Village residents protest outside Balto. Co. Board of Education," Nov. 5). Either that or people who advise him have been sloppy with their facts. An Oct. 30 notice on the Baltimore County Public Schools website reads as follows: "After six months of community engagement, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance will recommend to the Board of Education, at its November 5, 2013, meeting, several proposals to relieve capacity issues in the central areas of Baltimore County.
NEWS
November 25, 2013
It seems strange that parents who objected to the original Howard County middle school redistricting plan had months to provide feedback and work with Superintendent Renee Foose on changes, yet those of us who are now objecting to parts of her revised plan have had less than a month to provide our feedback and, even worse, the county board of education voted recently voted to ignore it ( "Foose's middle school redistricting plan backed by board," ...
NEWS
October 23, 2013
Here is a list of future meetings that will address middle school redistricting: • Oct. 29, 7 p.m. — Public hearing • Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. — Public hearing • Nov. 15, 10 a.m. — Work session • Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. — Final vote on middle school redistricting All meetings are open to the public and take place at the Department of Education...
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | October 16, 2013
The pact that will facilitate the $1 billion, decade-long effort to upgrade Baltimore city school facilities was finalized today, with a unanimous vote of the Maryland Board of Public Works to approve a Memorandum of Understanding that will serve as a blueprint for revitalizing the city's dilapidated school infrastructure. The memorandum, which outlines the roles and responsibilities of state and local agencies over the course of the system's 10-year facilities plan, was a condition of the law that allows the district to orchestrate and fund 30 to 35 renovations and new structures.
EXPLORE
September 19, 2013
Does the Howard County Public School System hate the poor? Consider the languishing schools in Columbia juxtaposed against the palatial new schools elsewhere. The latest act of animus toward the poor is robbing Wilde Lake Middle School of its long-overdue expansion/renovation. How will they accomplish this? By redistricting the wealthy into Clarksville, leaving Wilde Lake Middle School with a building that doesn't meet current standards, fewer staff and contributing families, and increasing its already high percentage of low-income families.
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