Howard school board approves Patuxent Valley renovation plans

Since Patuxent Valley Middle School opened its doors in 1989, the building has undergone no major renovations. That's about to change. The Howard County Board of Education approved a schematic design report last month for a significant renovation to the Jessup school. The $21.7 million project entails a complete renovation of the building, including a new mechanical and electrical system. Clustered teaching stations will be turned into self-contained classrooms, and there will be a new health suite. (Balt. Sun)

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Old Oxon Hill school's transfer riles residents

A decision to convert an old school building into a casino training facility has angered some Fort Washington residents who wanted the site to be used a community center. (Gazette)

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Harford Schools Superintendent Requests Feasibility Study on New “North Harford Zone” for Weather-Related Delays and Closings

Harford Schools Superintendent Barbara Canavan on Monday requested a feasibility study on a separate “North Harford Zone” for weather-related delays and closings. Canavan called for the study at a school board meeting yesterday where staff outlined current inclement weather procedures and acknowledged errors last Monday when schools opened on time but dismissed early under heavy snow in North Harford. (Dagger)

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Students, teacher protest class change

Hereford High School students, teachers and parents protested a Baltimore County Public Schools decision to alter the school's class schedule from four classes a day for half a year to eight classes a day for an entire year. (ABC2)

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No cushion for major emergency, Harford schools finance chief says

Harford County's public school system may not have enough financial reserves to handle a major emergency, the system's top finance official said Monday. A projected year-end surplus of $3.2 million could change to the negative once the bills come in for snow removal and facility repairs following snow and ice storms in January and February, Jim Jewell, assistant superintendent for business services, told members of the Board of Education Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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Internet Essentials

The Internet Essentials program offered by Comcast has been up and running for several years. The partnership between the Internet provider and state school districts offers low-income families broadband Internet service at an affordable $9.95 a month. It also offers an Internet-ready computer for $150, plus a number of free training opportunities. Just how many Frederick County families are enrolled? Comcast isn’t saying, according to a recent story by News-Post business reporter Ike Wilson. Nor, per Wilson’s story, are all eligible families aware of Internet Essentials. The defining requirement is that the family have at least one child eligible for the National School Lunch Program. (News-Post)

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Feb. 11 // MICA names Samuel Hoi as next president

As incoming president of Maryland Institute College of Art, Samuel Hoi is succeeding Fred Lazarus IV, who is retiring this spring after nearly 36 years at the helm of an institution that has seen unprecedented growth and prosperity under his direction. But he’s not daunted. “That is the wonderful luxury of not coming to an institution that needs to be fixed,” Hoi said Monday, hours after being named. “I’m actually inheriting a well-run organization that I can actually build on. I don’t see anything that needs to be fixed. But I see an opportunity for a continuation.” (Balt. Sun)

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Md. leads nation in high-scoring AP exam results

The College Board says the Maryland class of 2013 led the nation in high scoring on Advanced Placement tests. The New York-based organization said in a report Tuesday that 29.1 percent of last year's Maryland public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam. That compares with a national rate of 20.1 percent. (AP/Examiner)

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