November 9 // Baltimore County school board will seek clarification on superintendent hiring authority

The Baltimore County school board voted 8-4 on Tuesday night to challenge the state superintendent’s authority to block the hiring of Verletta White as the next county school leader. In one of its last meetings before a newly elected board is seated in December, the school board is asking the Maryland State School Board to interpret the legal language in state law. (Balt. Sun)

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Wicomico County votes for Board of Education for first time: results

In a historic moment for Wicomico County, residents elected its Wicomico County Board of Education members for the first time Tuesday. The change was established after voters in November 2016's election supported an all-elected school board with one member elected from each of the five Wicomico County Council districts and two members elected at-large. The change began with the Nov. 6 midterm elections. (Daily Times)

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A closer look at MCPS superintendent’s proposed fiscal 2020 capital budget, CIP amendments

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) superintendent recently rolled out his capital budget for fiscal 2020 and amendments to the capital improvements plan (CIP) for fiscal years 2019-2024 that aim to tackle intensifying overcrowding problems in county schools, including the possibility of reopening Woodward High School. Shaped by the pressures of an ever-increasing student population and the need for upgrades at aging facilities, Superintendent Jack Smith’s proposal includes options for reopening Woodward High School in Rockville for use by 2025, as well as a capacity study for all elementary schools in the Walter Johnson (WJ) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) clusters to address overcrowding. (Bethesda)

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Worcester County approves school system’s capital project plan

Education officials put an emphasis on the lack of state funding Worcester County’s school system receives as they presented capital plans to the Worcester County Commissioners this week. On Wednesday, the Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved the school system’s capital improvement program (CIP) but not before questioning the level of state funding Worcester County Public Schools received. School system officials confirmed that the county received just a fraction of the state aid other counties received. (Dispatch)

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Howard school board approves Columbia site for 45th elementary school

Howard County’s 45th elementary school will be in Columbia. The county school board unanimously approved Clary’s Forest, a site off Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia’s Hickory Ridge area, as the future home of the school. The school board held a special meeting Thursday to approve the site in advance of a county Planning Board meeting where a Downtown Columbia development plan was scheduled to be reviewed. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Lansdowne High, superintendent search key issues for new school board member for Catonsville, Arbutus

Lisa Mack, one of seven newly elected members of the Baltimore County Board of Education in Tuesday’s election said she did not expect to win. On Election Day, the candidate running for Council District 1 school board seat, stood in the rain outside Woodlawn High School, talking to voters. She felt good engaging them in conversation, but then worried when she saw her opponent, Matt Gresick, handing out campaign material with an endorsement for him from the Teachers Association of Baltimore County. But in the end, Mack garnered 19,045 total votes to Gresick’s 12,715. (Catonsville)

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Six Frederick County schools ranked 'high suspending' in statewide study

Six schools in Frederick County are considered “high suspending” schools, according to a University of Maryland study, meaning one or more student groups were suspended at a rate of 25 percent or more. The study shows wide variation in the way districts and schools in Maryland approach disciplinary problems with students, with some relying more heavily on out-of-school suspensions. (News-Post)

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WCPS superintendent discusses Antietam Academy changes at listening session

Addressing rumors about possible changes at Antietam Academy, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said Thursday that a new state law on expulsion will change some things at the alternative school. Michael addressed a small crowd in Clear Spring High's auditorium during the first listening session of the school year. He said the law, which took effect in September, defines expulsion as the exclusion of students from their home school for 45 school days or longer. This is contrary to the typical definition, he said, which usually is reserved for students no longer allowed to attend school. (Herald-Mail)

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