Carroll school system, law enforcement train for active assailant situation

Thursday began as a normal day at Winters Mill High School. Announcers read the Pledge of Allegiance and other morning statements. On the right side of a building, a guy wearing a hoodie and a backpack entered the school. Minutes later, announcers called out that the school was on lockdown. The seemingly normal day could have taken a tragic twist, as the guy in the hoodie took several hostages, some reporting injuries. But school is out for summer and it was all a drill to help Carroll County Public Schools, local law enforcement and the Westminster volunteer fire company prepare in case an active assailant situation arises. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Catonsville student gallops toward national rodeo championship

Catonsville's aspiring rodeo star, Charlize Stair, just finished sixth grade, an honor-roll student. She balances her training with playing soccer and a taking part in a book club. She has been riding horses since she was 2. She first learned the English style of riding, which focuses on jumps, which is how her mother, Jennifer Sulin-Stair learned to ride. When Charlize was 6 or 7, she went to a show where she saw rodeo-style events along with English events. The speed and the outfits drew her to rodeo. "I like going fast," Charlize said. "That's my speed, usually." (Balt. Sun)

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May 15 // Frederick County school board approves policy to protect transgender students

A last-minute turnout of opposing residents was not enough to delay a vote on the Frederick County Board of Education’s transgender policy. The board approved the policy Wednesday evening. In part, the policy allows students to choose which bathroom to use based on the gender with which that student identifies. (News-Post)

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Maryland school gives away more than 2,000 books to spur summer reading

It’s one thing to borrow a book from a library. But Theis Williams and his classmates say it’s much more exciting to take one home for keeps. So, as the Great Book Giveaway opened at his school, Theis clutched a favorite by author Eric Carle close to his chest. “I always wanted a dragon book!” said Theis, 4, thrilled at his luck. His enthusiasm was widely shared this week at Saint Francis International School, a Catholic school in Silver Spring, Md., where students got the chance to peruse tables arranged with paperbacks and hardcovers that were theirs for the taking. (Wash. Post)

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Carroll County BOE continues push back on commissioner-approved move to former North Carroll High School

Despite approval last month of the county budget — which includes money to move Carroll County Public Schools Central Office to the former North Carroll High School building — Carroll's school board is asking for the move to be reconsidered. Superintendent Stephen Guthrie brought the issue of the move up again Wednesday night at the June board meeting. The Board of Education has publicly opposed the move before, even going as far as sending an official email opposing the move just before commissioners approved it in April. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Allegany County BOE mulls media fees to cover stadium turf replacement

The Allegany County Board of Education is mulling the idea of charging radio and television stations fees for broadcasting area high school football games. The idea of charging the media is seen as a way for the school board to raise funds to replace the aging artificial turf at Greenway Avenue Stadium. (Times-News)

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More than 1,200 students to change schools after Frederick County redistricting plan approved

A last-minute maneuver by a county school board member means nearly 100 percent of Waverley Elementary School students will qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Board of Education member Ken Kerr proposed the amendment, which passed 4-2 Wednesday night, to take 57 students who live in the Elmwood Terrace Apartments and have them remain in the Waverley school district. Then, 47 students in two other planning blocks, which are near more affluent communities, were moved from Waverley to Butterfly Ridge, which is the under construction. The board approved the redistricting plan, which will move about 1,242 students to different schools. (News-Post)

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New Allegany High on schedule for 2018 opening

The new $51 million Allegany High School under construction on Haystack Mountain is on schedule for an August 2018 opening, according to officials. Construction crews had been facing delays on receiving shipments of bricks. However, the materials have arrived and the project is back on schedule, according to Vince Montana, director of facilities for the Allegany County Board of Education. (Times-News)

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