CCPS school board accepting applications for superintendent

The application process for the next Carroll County Public Schools superintendent has officially opened. The CCPS Board of Education will be using the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to conduct the search to fill the pending vacancy. In September, the school board officially signed the contract with MABE after it reached a consensus in August to use them as the firm to conduct a national search. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Former Baltimore Community High principal pleads guilty to theft from school

A former Baltimore city schools principal pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing money and property from the alternative high school that she led for three years. Leslie Lewis, 44, of Owings Mills, worked as the principal of Baltimore Community High School before the school closed last June. Prosecutors said Lewis stole nearly $13,500 from a bank account she set up for the school, which included funds generated by uniforms sales, class dues payments and graduation fees. (Balt. Sun)

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December 5 // Baltimore City Council votes unanimously to give preliminary OK to youth fund legislation

The Baltimore City Council unanimously voted Monday in favor of legislation that would bring the city one step closer to distributing money from a $12 million fund for children and teens. A council final vote on the bill is expected Thursday, followed by a vote of the city’s spending panel, the Board of Estimates. (Balt. Sun)

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Washington County Board of Education proposes adding fifth floor to downtown project

The Washington County Board of Education will consider Tuesday night adding a fifth floor to its piece of the Hagerstown urban-improvement project, likely eliminating the need for a pedestrian bridge connecting to another proposed educational building. At an additional cost of almost $2.9 million, it is a significant change to the proposed South Potomac Street building that will require a revision to the school board's fiscal 2019 capital-improvement program to request more state and local funding. (Herald-Mail)

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Record enrollment at the University of Maryland University College

University of Maryland University College is seeing record enrollments for its students in the United States. The university announced Monday that the 2017 summer and fall terms reached a record high of 52,987 new and returning students. Annual enrollments worldwide reached nearly 91,000. Erika Orris, the university's chief enrollment and marketing officer, says UMUC grew enrollment of new students in the summer by more than 10 percent, compared to the previous year. (AP)

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Maryland state troopers hosting inaugural 'shop with a cop' for Harford children Dec. 9

Troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack, plus their counterparts from other law enforcement agencies in Harford County, will take local children in need Christmas shopping Saturday, Dec. 9, for the troopers’ inaugural Shop with a Cop-Harford County event. “The goal is to have everyone involved in the county,” MSP Cpl. Scott Sander, the event coordinator, said in a recent interview. (Aegis)

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Sensory-friendly Santa visit offers calm setting, flexible option for Christmas photos

Santa and Mrs. Claus sat in small room in Carroll Springs School, a black backdrop wrapped in white lights behind them. There were no plush decorations, no loud Christmas music and no line to wait for a picture. The kids came in one family at a time, sometimes excited and sometimes worried. Some gave Santa and Mrs. Claus a high five, while others required the entire family to give hugs before they felt comfortable doing so. Some could communicate what was on their Christmas list, while others only laid in Santa’s arms, offering a smile or two. (Carr. Co. Times)

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B-CC students invite community to step inside the brain of a teen

Adults who want to understand what it’s like to be a teen in 2017 should imagine jumping into a tub of foam blocks, each one bearing a photo of someone, somewhere doing something better. The display is meant to capture the Fear of Missing Out that comes from being inundated by social media, so local teens have decided to call it the “FoMO pit.” And in a few days, post-teens in the Bethesda area can check it out. (Bethesda)

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