Tests indicate high lead levels in water at three Harford schools

Elevated lead levels have been found in water fixtures at two of the Harford County Public Schools buildings tested so far under new state regulations, school system officials said.cAt least one private school building in the county also has tested positive for elevated lead in its water fixtures.cAny water sources within a school that have lead levels of more than 20 parts per billion must be remediated, according to a state law passed in 2017 that went into effect with the publication of testing regulations April 9. (Aegis)

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Howard schools to test for lead in drinking water next month

In September, the Howard County school system will begin testing for lead in school drinking water, eventually taking samples from all 77 schools in the district, as mandated by a new state law. At least 61 Howard schools will be tested during the 2018-2019 academic year that starts Sept. 4, according to Brian Bassett county schools spokesman. “We have not yet sampled for lead under this current law,” Bassett said in an email. “This will start this school year.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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Washington Co. schools still looking to fill some teaching positions

With less than three weeks before classes start for Washington County students, most teaching vacancies have been filled. According to WCPS Communications Officer Erin Anderson, the district had five open teaching positions as of Tuesday, all of which were expected to be filled by the first day of class Sept. 4. Board of Education President Melissa Williams said she knew the number was in the single digits and interviews were being conducted. "I'm optimistic we will have all positions filled," she said. "It's rare that we don't." (Herald-Mail)

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August 15 // Maryland parts ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court amid football scandal

Amid reports of a toxic coaching culture, the University of Maryland has parted ways with football strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, athletic director Damon Evans announced at a news conference Tuesday. The dismissal comes less than a week after school sources told The Baltimore Sun that Court was among four staffers, including coach DJ Durkin, who were placed on administrative leave. (Balt. Sun)

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UMD football player who died didn't get proper care, preliminary investigation finds

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans revealed preliminary findings regarding the death of student football player Jordan McNair at a press conference Tuesday. Evans said early stages of an internal investigation showed that McNair did not receive appropriate medical attention. Evidence shows training staff failed to follow an emergency response plan, take McNair's temperature, and apply any kind of cold water immersion treatments after McNair began showing signs of exhaustion. (Examiner)

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State doctor's group urges meningitis vaccine for University of Maryland students

The state’s largest doctor’s group called on the University of Maryland to require its students to get the meningitis B vaccine, joining other health advocates in making the request to Big Ten Conference schools. The Maryland State Medical Society, or MedChi, said the life-threatening condition can spread easily in dormitories, classrooms and places where students are in close quarters. (Balt. Sun)

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Mount St. Mary's to give reduced tuition to FCPS teachers

Mount St. Mary’s University announced Monday it will offer Frederick County Public Schools employees 20 percent off tuition starting this fall at its Frederick campus. FCPS employees — including teachers and non-educators — interested in pursuing accelerated undergraduate degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and graduate degrees will benefit from the new agreement. Possible areas of study for FCPS employees might include undergraduate programs in elementary education and special education or master’s degrees in teaching or education in instructional leadership. (News-Post)

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Harford school board approves 10-cent increase in lunches, 15-cent increase for breakfast in 2018-19 school year

Increases in the price meals served to Harford County Public Schools students — 10 cents per lunch and 15 cents per breakfast — were approved by the Board of Education Monday evening. Breakfast prices will increase from $1.05 to $1.20 for the upcoming school year, which begins Sept. 4. Lunch for elementary school students will go from $2.20 to $2.30, and lunch for secondary students, those in middle and high school, will increase from $2.30 to $2.40. (Aegis)

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