National Science Foundation gives $1.2 million to bolster high school chemistry in Baltimore

The National Science Foundation is providing $1.2 million to help bolster the chemistry curriculum in Baltimore and transform how it is taught in the city’s high schools. The grant will support a partnership between the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and the city school system to design a course of study that infuses Earth science into chemistry classes. The topics explored will be Baltimore-focused, according to an announcement on Thursday by The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, an independent environmental research organization. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll BOE signs contract to begin search for new superintendent

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education has moved one step closer to finding a new superintendent. Last week, the school board officially signed a contract with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. The board came to a consensus in August to use MABE as the search firm in a national search after current CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie announced he would not be seeking a third term in the role. Guthrie has held the position as superintendent since since 2010, and will finish his term June 30, 2018. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Opioid epidemic laws lead panel to revisit recovery schools

A fire led to the eventual end of Phoenix — a groundbreaking Maryland public school program for children with addiction that closed in 2012 — but the state could see institutions like it rise again from the ashes. For Kevin Burnes, 47, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, attending a recovery school separate from his hometown high school was life-changing. Burnes said in a public letter that he began to experiment with drugs and alcohol at age 10, and his addiction to alcohol quickly escalated to PCP. He found himself homeless and was admitted into a psychiatric institute, he wrote. However, after finding Phoenix, a recovery program for secondary school students with addiction, and attending for two years, his whole life turned around. (CBS-AP)

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New foundation takes shape to support Wicomico schools

Members of the Wicomico County business community are coming together to create a backbone for the school system.  The Foundation for Wicomico County Public Schools, the brainchild of the Greater Salisbury Committee and Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, is a nonprofit still in its beginning stages, which will aim to provide support and help improve the Wicomico County Public Schools' image. “This concept is in its infancy," said Mike Dunn, Greater Salisbury Committee president and CEO. (Daily Times)

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Washington County teachers, support staff ratify new contracts which include raises

Members of Washington County Public Schools' teachers and support personnel unions have ratified new negotiated agreements that include pay raises for all employees. The contracts with the Washington County Teachers Association and Washington County Educational Support Personnel will now go before the county Board of Education for approval Tuesday, according to a district news release. Formal votes on the two agreements are expected during the seven-member board's 6 p.m. business meeting at the Center for Education Services off Downsville Pike southwest of Hagerstown. (Herald-Mail)

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Former Catonsville Elementary building to be used for school system offices

The county school system has started to renovate the former Catonsville Elementary School for administrative offices as discussions continue over ways community groups can use space in the century-old building. Mychael Dickerson, a spokesman for the school system, said it is too soon to say which departments or functions will be moved into the Frederick Road building, but that the system has “a lot of needs for office space,” and also plans to make some space available for the community. Bryan Sheppard, an aide in the county executive’s office who is coordinating with the county’s Parks and Recreation department on the building’s use, said he believes only baseball fields on the grounds and the gym will be available. (Balt. Sun)

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Commissioners talk next steps, community funding for artificial turf field project

Plans for the first artificial turf athletic field in Carroll County are underway, with county staff moving forward with the engineering and design plans to determine exact costs for such a field at the former North Carroll High School. Director of Carroll County Recreation and Parks Jeff Degitz gave an update to the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday about the plan, including ideas for funding the second half of the project. As of now, the county has $500,000 set aside for the project, Degitz said. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford Community College is celebrating 60 years

Harford Community College, from its humble beginnings in 1957 as part of the Harford County Public Schools system, continues to grow and prosper. In this, its 60th year, the college has adopted a new slogan and planned a series of events throughout the academic year to mark the milestone. The college’s logo this year is a 60 with the inscription “Our history is only the beginning.” (Aegis)

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