Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Baltimore County Public Schools cited inclement weather as the reason behind the schedule changes.
As a result of inclement weather, the school system has announced that the Board of Education meeting will be rescheduled and after-school activities canceled Tuesday. Baltimore County is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The school board meeting, which will focus of air conditioning for county schools, is rescheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Board of Education Campus, according to a statement from the system. Those interested in speaking at the meeting are asked to sign-up at the Education Support Services building on campus between 5 and 6:25 p.m. Classrooms without air conditioning have been a highly contentious issue, with approximately 40 percent of county schools without. The board recently released a …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The list will be presented at a Sept. 18 Board of Education meeting.
Hot weather makes Jamie Papas' daughter "very cranky." The first grade student at Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School has asked her mother to stay home from school, especially on days she has gym class. The school has classrooms without air conditioning. "And it's really sad because she loves school," said Papas, head of the school's Climate Control Committee with the Parent Teacher Association. She said the committee has compiled a list of students with diabetes, sickle cell anemia, asthma and those prone to seizures and strokes who have a more pressing need for cool classrooms. A thermometer from one of the classrooms at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 showed the temperature at 90 degrees, according to a reading recorded by Papas. She said readings…
Monday, August 13, 2012
The former senior school officials will also continue to receive benefits until June 30, 2013.
As part of settlement agreements, two former senior school officials will receive more than $150,000 combined to depart from Baltimore County Public Schools. According to the settlement agreements—attached to this post—former Assistant Superintendent of the Department of Human Resources Don Peccia will receive a lump sum of $79,714.50 and former Chief Communications Officer Phyllis Reese will be paid $71,274.50 for their retirement and resignation respectively. The severance payouts amount to six months salary for both former officials. Additionally, the two will continue to receive health insurance and other benefits until June 30, 2013, and Peccia will remain a member of Baltimore County Employees' Retirement System, the agreements read…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
After eliminating 196 positions in this year's budget, school officials respond to reports that class sizes have gone up significantly at the high school level.
Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Joe Hairston Tuesday night defended the loss of 196 teaching positions, resulting in larger high school class sizes, saying he had no alternative given state and county budgets. Hairston told the Baltimore County Board of Education at its meeting in Towson that the economy has forced tough decisions. "We have no control over the economy. We have no control over the budget," Hairston said to members of the board. "We preserved our employees." The school system's budget did not include furloughs or layoffs and had to account for an increase in insurance costs and a small pay raise for teachers. Hairston and several school staff said that eliminating positions was the only way to balance a budget…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
House of Delegates could take up a final vote on an amended bill as early as Friday.
The fate of a bill that creates a partially-elected school board in Baltimore County hangs on one vote that could come as early as Friday. Members of the county House delegation met Thursday afternoon moments after the full Senate approved an amended version of the bill that already passed the full House. The delegation voted 13-6 to concur with Senate amendments that changed the House bill from a fully-elected school board to a board with six elected and five appointed members.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Controversial bill passes 7-3 just one day after the same committee delayed its vote.
A state Senate committee Friday approved an amended version of a controversial Baltimore County school board bill. The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee approved the bill by a vote of 7-3. Sens. Joanne Benson, Bill Ferguson, and Karen Montgomery—Democrats from Prince George's County, Baltimore City and Montgomery County, respectively—voted against the bill. Sen. Joan Carter Conway, a Baltimore City Democrat and chairwoman of the committee, abstained. The committee voted to pass the bill after adopting amendments proposed by Sen. James Rosapepe, a Democrat who represents Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties. Rosapepe's amendment creates a hybrid board with six elected members and five appointed members. The …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
S. Dallas Dance will take the reins of Baltimore County schools on July 1.
(UPDATE, 4:33 p.m.)—The Baltimore County Board of Education is set to tap a Houston school official as its next superintendent. S. Dallas Dance will take office on July 1, succeeding Joseph A. Hairston, who has served as superintendent since 2000 and announced his retirement in October 2011. “I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to be joining such an outstanding school system," Dance said in a statement released by the school system. "I intend to work tirelessly to reach out and collaborate with everyone who wants to make Baltimore County schools an even better place for students.” Since 2010, Dance, 30, has been chief middle schools officer in the Houston school system, the seventh-largest in the country. "He was just very impressive," …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The school board is discussing the budget at tonight's meeting.
Tonight's meeting of the Baltimore County Board of Education starts at 6:30 p.m. in Towson. At tonight's meeting, board members will discuss the school system's operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Stoneleigh Elementary School, Milford Mill Academy and Dundalk/Sollers Point and Parkville high schools make the list of funding priorities for fiscal year 2013.
The Baltimore County Board of Education formally asked the state Tuesday night to earmark $74.8 million for major construction projects in fiscal year 2013 such as a new building to house Dundalk and Sollers Point high schools. The board unanimously approved the funding requests, which included 21 proposed projects, during its meeting at Eastern Technical High School. The board is meeting at different schools to spur more community participation.Superintendent Joe Hairston is scheduled to present the budget requests on Dec. 20 to the County Council, which would then vote on the proposed requests on Jan. 12. The $18.4 million requested for the Dundalk/Sollers Point High School construction is the board’s top priority and adds to the $12 …
Friday, August 19, 2011
Hairston touts school system's accomplishments at address at Catonsville High School Friday.
Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston said Friday the "new normal" for educators has been doing more with less at the same time public schools are being held to increasingly higher standards. Hairston touted the system's accomplishments, including a higher graduation rate and high rankings for the county's high schools. In the superintendent's 12th's annual meeting for administrators, principals and staff, he touched only briefly on the system's budget cuts, which included a reduction in teaching staff. He also referred several times to the school system's Blueprint for Progress and said the document would serve as a guide to continue to educate students. Baltimore County Public Schools will open for students Aug. 29. …