HCC sharing success of students, faculty in new marketing campaign

The students and faculty know what goes on at Harford Community College, but the people in the community don't, so as the college gears up to celebrate its 60th anniversary, it's letting everyone know about its successes. "I succeeded at Harford" and "I teach at Harford" are two new pronouncements from students and faculty that is part of a new marketing for HCC. "We're telling the stories behind the people," Cynthia Courtney, marketing coordinator for enrollment services, told members of the HCC Board of Trustees at its most recent meeting on June 13. The board met in the newly renovated Edgewood Hall, where its regular meetings will be held going forward. (Aegis)

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June 19 // Maryland's children fare well in well-being

Maryland children are thriving in most areas of life, but a recent spike in deaths unveiled in an annual report on the well-being of young people is raising concern among advocates. Maryland ranked 16th among states for the well-being of its children in the 2017 Kids Count Data Book, released each year by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. The report determines how well kids are thriving by ranking states on 16 indicators across four key areas: health, education, economic well being and family and community. (Balt. Sun)

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Interim superintendent of Baltimore County schools to earn $265,000

Baltimore County's interim school superintendent will be paid $265,000 in the next academic year. Verletta White, currently the district's chief academic officer, signed a contract with the county school board earlier this week. She begins her job as interim superintendent on July 1. Her pay is slightly less than the outgoing superintendent, Dallas Dance, who earned $287,000 a year. He resigned in April and will leave the position on June 30. (Balt. Sun)

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Arrests made in killings of 2 Md. students shot on eve of graduation

Two Maryland teenagers gunned down on the eve of their high school graduation were lured to a dark cul-de-sac by three men who feigned interest in buying an extra commencement ticket — a scheme motivated by anger over an earlier, botched drug deal, Montgomery County police said in arrest records filed Saturday as the suspects were charged with murder. The gunmen’s target appears to have been Shadi Najjar, 17, who along with his friend Artem Ziberov, 18, planned to sell at least one ticket the night of June 5 after pulling over along Gallery Court about 20 miles north of Washington. (Wash. Post)

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Frederick County school board approves new contract with teachers union

The second year of a teacher salary scale transition received the go-ahead with the passing of a new contract between the Frederick County school board and teachers union. The Frederick County Board of Education ratified a new three-year agreement Wednesday evening with the Frederick County Teachers Association. The contract, which board President Brad Young said was “overwhelmingly supported” by the union, was reworked to include more planning time and enhance benefits for teachers along with the salary increase. (News-Post)

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Washington County Public School's fund balance almost $8.7 million

Washington County Public School's third-quarter budget adjustments increased the school system's fund balance by $453,180 to almost $8.7 million. The undesignated fund balance is approximately $4,117,000, said Chris South, the school system's chief financial officer. Four million dollars is designated for the downtown Hagerstown revitalization project and $580,000 is dedicated for public-private partnerships. (Herald-Mail)

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Annapolis police hand out $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors

Annapolis police handed out $1,000 scholarships to three graduating seniors from Annapolis High School as the department marked its first partnership with Papa John's to promote higher education. The police department teamed up with the chain pizzeria to create the scholarship fund, which saw two locations in Annapolis donate 10 percent of all online and mobile application purchases. (Capital)

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University system officials, FSU tout affordability

Robert Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, presented the fiscal year 2017 annual report to the Board of Regents on Friday during a public session held at Frostburg State University. “I find myself very optimistic about the future of the University System of Maryland,” Caret said. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved thus far and know that together we can achieve a great deal more.” (Times-News)

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