Change ahead for students caught in redistricting

I’d never turned left at the light. I’d always gotten in the right lane and made the loop toward Ballenger Creek, where the office sits near a nursing home and some apartment buildings. But around that new corner there is a wide field of crops, and maybe a few cows stretch out to the left side until the road curves revealing the school: brand-new and shaped with the same layout as West Frederick Middle School. Butterfly Ridge Elementary School is one of two new schools opening in Frederick County this year. Some of the students who were previously slated to attend Hillcrest, Orchard Grove and Waverley elementary schools will flood these halls in just a few weeks. (News-Post)

Read Full Article

"If You Give a Child a Book" campaign launched

WMAR-2 News is proud to take part in the Scripps Howard Foundation's “If You Give a Child a Book” campaign. During the month of August, employees at each of the company's television and radio stations are donating their own money to buy brand new books for children living in poverty. WMAR-2 News will give all proceeds to Callaway Elementary, a title one school in the Park Heights community. The majority of kids at the school come from low-income families, struggle with standardized tests and do not own books at home. (WMAR)

Read Full Article

Teen's Eagle Scout project collects nearly 1,000 pounds of nonperishables

Now that Foodstock is over, 17-year-old Jeremy Reynolds has to get four more merit badges before his 18th birthday to become an Eagle Scout. And the results of his benefit concert, which charged attendees a bag of nonperishables instead of a cover charge on Aug. 5, are in. Foodstock brought in 936 pounds of canned food and raised $200 in cash for St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. “I still have to fill out my Eagle Scout binder and earn four more merit badges, and then I will have Eagle,” Reynolds said Monday. “I have until my birthday, Nov. 5, to get them all completed.” (Carr. Co. Times)

Read Full Article

August 13 // Maryland puts football coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave in wake of Jordan McNair's death, report of 'toxic culture'

University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave Saturday after a pair of explosive media reports alleging abusive treatment of the players in his program. Athletic director Damon Evans announced the move less than 24 hours after three members of Durkin’s staff were also placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of “procedures and protocols surrounding athletes’ health and safety” prompted by the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair in June. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Maryland to launch external investigation into football program's coaching practices

The University of Maryland, College Park will launch an external investigation into the football program’s coaching practices in the wake of damning reports about the team’s staff and treatment of players, school President Wallace D. Loh wrote in a letter to the university community Saturday night. The letter was sent about an hour after third-year football coach DJ Durkin and three other staff members were placed on administrative leave. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

New GPA rules could mean six Baltimore schools couldn't field any teams. Now the district is easing them

The Baltimore school system is revising its academic standards for student athletes after district officials estimated that rules taking effect this year meant six high schools might not be able to field a single sports team this fall. Under academic eligibility standards approved by the school board in 2016, students must have a grade-point average of at least 2.0 and no more than one failing grade to play interscholastic sports. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

19 Anne Arundel schools have too much lead in water, tests show

At least 19 Anne Arundel County public schools have unacceptably high levels of lead in their water, according to results from the first tests conducted under a new state law. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no safe level of lead exposure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends water be shut off at any faucet where lead levels exceed 20 parts per billion. At Glen Burnie High School, 71 water outlets tested above that level. (Capital)

Read Full Article

U-Md. wants to take a part of its 18-hole golf course and turn it into intramural fields

For the second time in five years, the University of Maryland is considering repurposing part of its 18-hole golf course for athletic fields — a plan university leaders say is necessary to advance the institution’s growth but critics view as an attempt to tear apart the only championship-caliber public golf course inside the Capital Beltway. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article