Sheppard Pratt to reopen residential treatment facility for adolescents

Sheppard Pratt Health System plans to expand services to more young people by acquiring the beds from Good Shepherd, a Baltimore County residential treatment facility for adolescents that was shuttered last year after two state agencies stopped sending children there, officials said Tuesday. Services will be moved from Good Shepherd’s Halethorpe location to new space in Baltimore County that has not yet been identified, according to Sheppard Pratt, the state’s largest private provider of behavioral health services, which has a memorandum of understanding with the Sisters of Good Shepherd to purchase their 115 beds. (Balt. Sun)

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The million-dollar question: Washington County 'hopeful' it can fully fund BOE's budget request

The president of the Washington County Board of Commissioners said Tuesday that he's "hopeful" the county can provide $2.3 million more than the current funding for Washington County Public Schools. "I'm very, very hopeful that we can find the funding to help where we can and provide as much as we possibly can provide," Commissioner Terry Baker said. "After all, it's for our kids, our community and it's for tomorrow's leaders." (Herald-Mail)

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Wicomico Board of Education foresees $9.2M funding gap for 2019

Wicomico County Board of Education officials said Tuesday they expect a $9.2 million funding gap for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Tuesday meeting was the first of many meetings with school officials predicting the funds the school system expected from Wicomico County and the state of Maryland. However, those predicted funds currently don't add up to what Wicomico County public schools needs to fulfill its desired General Fund Operating Budget, said Edwin "Bruce" Ford, chief finance and operations officer. (Daily Times)

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School officials present stark outlook for capacity needs over next six years

Montgomery County Council members on Monday agreed that they’re in a bind when it comes to school construction: Even if they fully fund a $1.83 billion capital plan for Montgomery County Public Schools, they’ll barely be keeping up with anticipated enrollment growth. “This couldn’t be more indicative of what our challenge is,” council member Craig Rice said Monday during the council’s education committee meeting. “By us fully funding and giving you everything you need, which would be near impossible for us to do … it still keeps us just even.” (Bethesda)

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Plans for expanding Ashburton Elementary to come up for review

Montgomery County planners next week will review plans for a $10.2 million addition at Ashburton Elementary School that will relieve—but not eliminate—student overcrowding. The proposal to increase the Bethesda school's capacity from 651 to 770 involves building an eight-classroom addition, expanding the multipurpose room and installing a modular building that will provide another eight classrooms. Montgomery County Public Schools also is planning to move four preschool special education classes from the school to other locations, freeing up an additional 26 student seats, according to a planning report. (Bethesda)

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Scott Rogowsky, host of addictive app HQ Trivia, got his start at Johns Hopkins

Scott Rogowsky comes from a long line of law school grads — his dad, his mom, his uncles. As an undergrad at the Johns Hopkins University, he was perfectly prepared to follow suit. And then being funny got in the way. “I started doing standup at Hopkins. That sort of spurred the whole thing,” says Rogowsky, who proceeded to ditch the idea of law school, move back to his native New York and, after a few years on the periphery of the humor circuit, get a gig as host of a quiz show app called “HQ Trivia.” (Balt. Sun)

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Students perform through canon of African American literature

“When I was a senior in high school, I was a pocket full of chalk dust I was elevator music on a CD that stuttered like a Volkswagen with really bad transmission,” said Emma Reilly, of Century High School, reciting to the words of the poem “Seventeen” by Rudy Francisco. Reilly’s smooth performance of the words of a poet who was describing his anxious, bashful younger self, was a captivating opener to the fourth annual Carroll County African American Read-In on Tuesday night. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Wicomico schools add two makeup snow days

Wicomico County Public Schools must add two dates to its 2017-2018 school calendar after receiving word that Maryland state education officials did not grant the school system’s request to waive two of the days that schools were closed during a recent winter storm. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin, with the support of the Board of Education, requested a state waiver for two of the five days that were missed due to the winter storm. (Daily Times)

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