School renovations funded in $10M bond

Officials in Wicomico County this week approved a legislative bill that would provided for the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds to fund several construction projects. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted unanimously to issue and sell general obligation bonds in the amount of $10,504,500 to finance the cost of 10 capital improvement projects. More than $5.1 million will be used to fund eight renovation projects and one study for the Wicomico County Board of Education. (Dispatch)

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Worcester County college-bound seniors trending up

A school system survey of seniors revealed that close to three-quarters of Worcester County’s graduates planned to attend college. In a presentation to the Worcester County Board of Education this week, school system officials announced that that majority of graduating seniors at Stephen Decatur, Snow Hill and Pocomoke high schools reported on a senior survey that they planned to attend a college or university. (Dispatch)

 

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Parents of Maryland football player Jordan McNair hire prominent lawyer Billy Murphy

The prominent Baltimore law firm that represented Freddie Gray’s family has been hired by the parents of a University of Maryland football player who died last month after collapsing during an outdoor team workout. Jordan McNair, a former McDonogh standout, was hospitalized May 29 and died two weeks later. While the university has not disclosed his cause of death, the website for a foundation launched by McNair’s family said the 19-year-old offensive lineman died of heatstroke. (Balt. Sun)

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Youth combine power of software and hardware at MAGIC camp

It was midafternoon Tuesday and six young people were arrayed around tables in the Ting Makerspace, in Westminster, with lines of computer code displayed on monitors and lines of analog circuitry arrayed in front of them. Here and there, tiny fans began to whir. This was the Arduino Boot Camp, a project of both the makerspace and the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, or MAGIC. (Carr. Co. Times)

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McDaniel Summer Music Camp a chance to grow, express selves through song

A mash of students from different schools all sat on the stage inside WMC Alumni Hall, instruments posed, eyes trained on conductor Jay Bocook. Bocook would count off, offering advice about tempo and rhythm as he clicked his baton off the podium to keep time, before starting the band with one fell swoop of his arms. The band worked to make their way through portions of a number of pieces, stopping when a note or beat was off. For one week, the students on the stage eat, breath and sleep music. And they wouldn’t have it any other way. (Carr. Co. Times)

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July 19 // Naval Academy athletics constructing $20 million Physical Mission Center

Youngsters of all ages spend time on the campus of the Naval Academy each summer attending various camps organized by head coaches of the 33 varsity sports. Academy leaders are hoping those campers find their way into the Physical Mission Center currently being constructed as an addition to Ricketts Hall. This new facility will feature 25,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space and will celebrate the storied history of Navy athletics while simultaneously serving as a testament to the academy’s commitment to the physical development of the entire Brigade of Midshipmen. (Capital)

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Second probe of graduation rates underway in Prince George’s schools

Investigators have embarked on a second review of grading practices and graduation rates in a Maryland school system that spent the past year engulfed in a diploma controversy. The new review of the Prince George’s County school system will focus on the recently graduated Class of 2018, examining those students’ records while looking at the district’s efforts to tighten procedures and oversight. Interviews of central-office administrators in the state’s second-largest school system began this week and will be followed by visits to the system’s 22 high schools, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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In new course, Glen Burnie High School students will train to be 911 operators

Angelina Reyes, 17, isn’t old enough to be a 911 operator at the Anne Arundel County Police Department, but she might get a head start on the training at school this year. More than a dozen seniors at Glen Burnie High School will spend the forthcoming school year learning police codes and dispatch center technology — and how to appropriately respond to someone calling 911 in distress. It’s the first of its kind in the country, as far as the Anne Arundel County school board is aware. (Capital)

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