Carroll County schools appoint mental health coordinator as part of Maryland Safe to Learn Act

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education approved the appointment of a mental health coordinator, a position that came out of the Maryland Safe to Learn Act, and will be funded through grants from the state in its first year. The school board unanimously approved the appointment of Amy Jagoda, a current 12-month school psychologist in CCPS, to the position. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Collaboration between FSU, Johns Hopkins aimed at improving technology

A collaborative research project between Frostburg State University and Johns Hopkins University is aimed at improving organic semiconductor vapor sensor technology. Vapor sensors are critical for modern life, monitoring industrial processes, ensuring air quality, detecting security threats and even aiding in medical diagnostics. The OSC vapor sensor offers great promise for a cheaper, more versatile product. Wudyalew Wondmagegn, associate professor of electrical engineering at FSU, and Howard Katz, professor of materials science and engineering at Johns Hopkins, are supported by a three-year, $438,463 grant from the National Science Foundation, approximately $160,000 of which will fund research at FSU. (Times-News)

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Hood College to build new residence hall

Hood College announced plans Friday to construct a new residence hall, to be opened in the fall of 2020. According to a press release, the new hall is being built to accommodate the college's growth.  The new residence hall will hold 200 beds and replace the Marx Center, which currently houses the Honors Program and will be demolished, behind Memorial Hall and adjacent to Coffman Chapel. The Honors Program will continue to be housed in the new residence hall. (News-Post)

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Three-member alliance to shift future direction of education

The four winners in the Allegany County Board of Education race shared views this week on Tuesday’s election and the future direction of the school board. Of the five seats making up the board, four were up for grabs in the general election. The four winners were Debra Frank with 9,756 votes; incumbent Wayne Foote, 9,283; Bob Farrell, 8,831; and David Bohn, 8,319. Foote, Farrell and Bohn, known as “the alliance,” ran a unified campaign, appearing in videos and posting signs with all three of their names on them. (Times-News)

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Reisterstown youth football teams meet goal of raising money to travel to new tournament after Carroll County league ban

The Reisterstown Mustangs have surpassed their $6,000 fundraising goal, with some help from Ray Lewis. A donation from the former Raven will help send 140 youth football players to an out-of-state tournament after a Carroll County league banned them from the playoffs. Rachel Bullock, whose 8-year-old son plays for the Mustangs, said the money from a GoFundMe drive will pay for buses, hotel rooms, food and participation fees for the kids — a handful of whom are living in a homeless shelter. (Balt. Sun)

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Theater program coming to Western Maryland

The JumpStart Theatre program will be implemented in Western Maryland beginning in the 2019-20 school year through a partnership between the Educational Theatre Foundation and the Mountain City Center for the Arts in Frostburg. The JumpStart Theatre program creates sustainable theater arts programs in middle schools where there previously were none. Schools are chosen through an application process and receive materials, budget and training support to produce their first full-scale musical production. The support continues for three years until the program becomes self-sustaining. (Times-News)

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Baltimore teacher has forgiven student who struck her, union says

A Frederick Douglass High School teacher has forgiven the student who struck her across the face Wednesday, the Baltimore teachers’ union president said. The teacher had just returned from a leave of absence and was spending her first day back in the classroom Wednesday when the incident with the student occurred, said Baltimore Teachers Union president Marietta English. The moment was captured in a viral video this week. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael: Washington County Public Schools’ Custodial reorganization might not happen

The proposed restructuring of Washington County Public Schools’ custodial staff might not happen, according to Superintendent Boyd Michael. Michael said Thursday that the custodial reorganization, which was announced to staff members in the spring, is still being studied for potential cost savings and efficiency gains. “It may or may not happen,” Michael said. “It’s at least six months out, if it happens at all.” (Herald-Mail)

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