Cusimano chosen to fill Frederick Co. school board vacancy

Colleen Cusimano, a former Frederick County Board of Education candidate and Frederick County Public Schools employee, became the board's newest member Thursday. County commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Cusimano to the seat left open by James C. Reeder Jr.'s death last week. (News-Post)

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Baker names Boston as vice chair of Prince George’s school board

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has tapped Carolyn M. Boston (District 6) to serve as the vice chairman of the Board of Education. Boston, who was elected to the school board in 2010 and has served as its vice chairman since December, is Baker’s final appointment in the school governance overhaul. (Wash. Post)

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July 11 // State plans new detention center for girls in Carroll

The state Department of Juvenile Services plans to replace its rundown detention center for girls with a new, 48-bed facility in Carroll County — a size that is raising questions among advocates for troubled youths. Juvenile Services Secretary Sam J. Abed will brief the Carroll County commissioners Thursday on the proposal to build a state-of-the-art, $53 million facility for girls on the site of the old Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center in Marriottsville. (Balt. Sun)

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Hundreds turn out to meet new CEO of Prince George's County schools

They expected, perhaps, a few dozen people to show up for a school meeting on a muggy summer night in Prince George's County. Instead, they got hundreds. School officials in Prince George's County held the first of several "meet and greet" sessions with Kevin Maxwell, the school system's new chief executive officer. (WTOP)

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Nation's principals build playground for Baltimore school

Every principal can use an extra set of hands, but Mary Donnelly of Baltimore's John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School never imagined she'd have 80. School leaders from across the country took to the Southeast Baltimore school's yard Wednesday, building a new playground to replace one whose missing pieces and decrepit structure had become a safety hazard. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll Board of Ed denies charter school application

The Carroll County Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to reject an application from Sustainable Futures, Inc. to establish the county’s first charter school. While board members voted to deny the application, they encouraged the group to revise their application and resubmit it for the charter school to open in the fall of 2015. (Patuxent)

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Stevenson U. jumps on free-course bandwagon

Stevenson University is getting in on one of the latest education trends — free, no-credit online courses. Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies plans to offer a free, 10-week online forensics course, beginning Sept. 30. The course, called Survey of Forensics, will cover forensic science, cyber forensics and forensic studies. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have become popular among universities. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Prince George’s BOE hires two directors

The Prince George’s County school system has hired a new director to head the district’s transportation system, which fielded numerous complaints last year about late and crowded school buses. Lori Carter-Evans, who ran the Henrico County school district’s transportation system for two years, replaces Thomas Bishop, who resigned earlier this year. Bishop was hired in 2012. (Wash. Post)

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