Official: Early enrollment on the rise at Hagerstown Community College

After at least three years of fewer students taking credit courses at Hagerstown Community College, officials say they are seeing a good sign with early enrollment up for the next school year. At about 30 percent into registration for this fall, 1,070 students are enrolled, 7.3 percent higher than at this point in the registration process a year ago, HCC President Guy Altieri said Wednesday. (Herald-Mail)

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Math teacher at middle school in Pikesville charged with sexually abusing female student

A Baltimore County middle school teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a minor after police said he committed sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl in his classroom. Chadwick Zamarron, 35, a math teacher at the Northwest Academy of Health Sciences in Pikesville, wrote hall passes for the girl to be excused from class and carried on a physical relationship with her through February and March, police said. The school was known as Old Court Middle School until last year. (Balt. Sun)

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Authorities: No foul play in student's fall from dorm window

Authorities say a Frostburg State University student drank heavily at an off-campus party before his fall from a sixth-floor window of a dormitory. The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit said in a statement Wednesday that no foul play was involved. Officials say friends escorted 19-year-old Orion Belete of Silver Spring from the party to his dorm room. Officials say surveillance video shows Belete was alone at the time of the fall and the teen confirmed that no one else was involved. (Balt. Sun)

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April 20 // Baltimore County school board to start search for interim superintendent

The Baltimore County school board is planning to begin the search soon for an interim superintendent to replace Dallas Dance, who abruptly announced Tuesday that he will leave his job at the end of June. Board President Edward Gilliss said he believes the board must select an interim superintendent to serve for at least a year because there isn't enough time to find a permanent replacement. (Balt. Sun)

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BCPS vice chair: Dynamic on board played role in Dance's resignation announcement

Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance announced Tuesday that he'd resign after the school year. On Wednesday morning, Marisol Johnson, the county school board's vice chair, discussed Dance's resignation on WBAL News Now with Bryan Nehman. Johnson talked about the death of Dance's grandmother being a reason for the resignation but when Nehman asked about the timing -- he signed a new contract in May of 2016 -- she mentioned that the dynamic of the school board may have also played a role. (WBAL-radio)

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Anne Arundel board redistricts Annapolis schools

Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday night to change school boundaries for nearly 400 students on the Annapolis Peninsula, shifting students to reduce crowding and bring students closer to their neighborhood schools. County leaders and some parents have advocated for reducing crowding at Tyler Heights Elementary School in past years. (Capital)

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More crossing guards needed in Baltimore

Baltimore doesn't have enough crossing guards right now, and the City Council is well aware of that.  64 crossing guard positions have been lost since the beginning of school in 2015, and 30 corners in the city have been abandoned because there are fewer than 30 kids crossing the street -- and there aren't enough guards to spare. Now the City Council is hoping the mayor's budget will fund 44 more positions to solve those issues. (WMAR-TV)

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Garrett nixes performing arts center funding

The proposed Community Education and Performing Arts Center project at Garrett Community College has hit a snag after county officials said they can’t fund the college’s request for $725,000. “The county must remove the Performing Arts Center from our capital plan, and no funds will be allocated towards this project for the foreseeable future,” wrote Paul Edwards, chairman of the Garrett County Commission, in a letter to Vianne Bell, chair of the college board of trustees. (Times-News)

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