School system to look into text donation program, gather level of interest

The Carroll County Board of Education and school officials discussed system electronic communications during the work session Wednesday, which followed the 1 p.m. board meeting. The technology initiatives at different levels of implementation by the school system include wireless coverage in all schools, digital curriculum and professional development platform, web-based instructional programs, new intranet portal, student email accounts, social media for schools and students bringing in their own devices, said Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jonathan O’Neal. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Washington County Approves Land Transfer To School Board

Another hurdle was cleared Tuesday for the construction of the new West City elementary school in the Hagers Crossing community in western Hagerstown, when the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the transfer of a 16.5-acre site to the county school board. The commissioners voted 3-1 on the issue, with Commissioners President Terry Baker voting against the move. (Herald-Mail)

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Commissioners To Decide On CATS Fare Increase For College Students

College students using the Carroll Area Transit System’s demand response service may be forced to pay more if the Carroll County Board of Commissioners approve a proposed fare increase this week. CATS Executive Director Louise Tinkler has asked for the increase because the current fare structure does not cover anywhere near the cost of transporting people to the Carroll Community College and McDaniel College, both in Westminster. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oct. 23 // Hopkins wins $70 million NIH grant; UM left out

The Johns Hopkins University regained a five-year, $70 million federal grant designed to change how researchers pursue drug development and other medical treatments, but the University of Maryland, Baltimore lost its first bid for a similar grant, the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday. The award pleased Hopkins officials, who had been forced to tweak their proposal for the grant after their application wasn't renewed in 2012. The university received $80 million through the program, which focuses on what is known as "translational" research, from 2007 through 2011. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery School Board Lobbies For White Flint School Site Swap

The location for a new elementary school on the White Flint Mall property is under debate, with the county school board wanting a site with access to more space for playing fields than the one county planners are offering. The school board has voted to send a letter to county Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier strongly recommending the school site’s placement in a northern portion of the property where the board says the school could be co-located with an existing park that would provide adequate room for play space. (Gazette)

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Washington County Public Schools Panel Begins Work On West City School Attendance Zone

Members of a school enrollment advisory committee on Tuesday night began examining how they will draw the boundary lines to determine which students will go to the proposed new West City elementary school to be opened in August 2016. The committee worked on a school boundary redistricting for Pangborn and Paramount elementary schools in Hagerstown that was approved this year by the Washington County Board of Education. (Herald-Mail)

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Chadwick Elementary Wins National Award

Chadwick Elementary School in Woodlawn is one of only four public schools in the nation to be honored with an award by the Education Trust, an education advocacy group based in Washington. The award is given to schools that are successful in educating a diverse population to the same standards of achievement as schools with higher income students. Chadwick, the Trust said in a statement, has a mix of immigrants from Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America as well as African-Americans. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Schools Fundraising For Uniforms

Baltimore City school officials are working to raise money to help outfit a growing number of students in need with uniforms. The number of homeless school children in Baltimore City has more than doubled over the past five years. It's a struggle for parents to find somewhere to live and try and outfit their children with uniforms. School officials said they get close to 1,000 requests a year from families asking for uniform vouchers. (WBAL-TV)

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