Shore school officials outline legislative priorities

Eastern Shore school leaders met Feb. 9 with the region’s state lawmakers in Annapolis, urging them to support several legislative initiatives. Kelly Griffith, Talbot County’s school superintendent and current president of the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s Educational Consortium, gave the group’s presentation to the Eastern Shore Delegation. Griffith, along with the nine superintendents from the Eastern Shore school districts, requested the support of their six legislative initiatives. (Star-Democrat)

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CCPS donates $25,000 to Imagination Library

Caroline County Public Schools presented a $25,000 check to Caroline County’s Imagination Library, setting up 1,000 county children to get a free, age-appropriate book mailed to their homes every month for a year. The check was presented at the Caroline County Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6. Superintendent Dr. Patricia Saelens said this is the third year the school system’s administrative and instructional staff teams held a fundraising challenge to raise money for the early childhood literacy program. (Star-Democrat)

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North Hagerstown High cell-tower proposal renews safety debate

A top concern raised about a proposed cellular tower on the North Hagerstown High School campus is the potential health hazards, especially in a residential area. Officials with Milestone Communications, which is proposing the 115-foot tower, said telecommunication towers emit "very low" levels of radio-frequency (RF) emissions. They emphasized that the company contracts with an independent third-party that inspects its facilities to ensure they remain well below federal standards. (Herald-Mail)

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High school sticky notes campaign causes a stir

An effort by students at Allegany County’s three high schools to raise awareness concerning the dangers of depression and other mental health issues was met with mixed results by school officials. Several students at Fort Hill, Mountain Ridge and Allegany high schools joined together Monday to unleash a sticky notes campaign. The students placed the notes on all school lockers with messages like: “You are important,” “You are loved” and “You are beautiful,” among other sayings. However, the students distributing the sticky notes were asked to remove them at two of the three area schools. (Times-News)

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Adults, young people partner in Harford to make Valentine's Day cards for sick children

Omicron Chi Zeta Chapter, of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., a local alumnae chapter of an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority, recently teamed with the all-youth nonprofit, the We Cancerve Movement Inc., to make Valentine’s Day cards for area children fighting cancer and other illnesses. The card-making party was held at New Destiny Evangelistic Church in Edgewood a day ahead of World Cancer Day, which was Feb. 4, to raise awareness of the number of people fighting cancer. (Aegis)

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STAIR volunteers work one-on-one with second graders so they can read to learn

As kids lined up in the hallways of Georgetown East Elementary School Tuesday preparing for dismissal, Linda Barbour peeked between two book shelves in the media center to ask them a few questions. “What’s your favorite book?” she said. “What about you, sir, what are you reading right now?” “Don’t forget to keep reading,” she reminded them. Barbour is the Executive Director for Start the Adventure in Reading, or STAIR, an Annapolis-based group that provides one-on-one tutoring for first and second graders after school to ensure they’re on reading level before leaving the second grade. (Capital)

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February 14 // Baltimore County Council opposes building new Dulaney High School

A majority of the Baltimore County Council wrote a letter to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Tuesday saying they oppose his plans for a new building for Dulaney High School. The council members said they believe the cost of building a new school would put the county in a “difficult financial position.” “We are very mindful of the pressing needs of Dulaney and other deserving schools and we recognize the political landscape has changed,” the letter said. “But, so too, has the fiscal landscape.” (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore school board votes to renew Banneker Blake Academy's contract for one year

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to grant a one-year contract renewal to the Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Sciences, a public charter school that previously faced the threat of closure. The 6-1 vote grants the North Baltimore school a conditional renewal, with benchmarks that will be set and reviewed by the district office. The decision was in line with city schools CEO Sonja Santelises’ recommendation, who cited the school’s need to improve its finances and special education services. (Balt. Sun)

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