Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Councilman warns school officials there will be retaliation next budget season.
A $5 million feud between the Anne Arundel County Council and the Anne Arundel County Board of Education appeared to be settled Monday by withdrawing the needed funds from the county's reserves. That didn't sit well with Councilman John Grasso (R-2nd District), of Glen Burnie, who again threatened the school system with cuts during the next budget session. "I hope they're watching tonight, because I'll tell you what, you can bet I'm going to have one heck of a large appetite next year—$5 million worth," Grasso said. "And I'd assume that most of my colleagues will pretty much want to show who's running the show, and it's not them." Earlier this month, the council sparred with a school system representative over a $5 million bill the council…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
An Anne Arundel County Public Schools employee dialed 911 after a soda bottle aroused his or her suspicions.
Firefighters are responding to a report of a suspicious package at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education building at 2644 Riva Rd., said Annapolis Battalion Chief John Menassa. "An employee was leaving for the day and saw a soda bottle with a folded up piece of paper underneath of it," said Bob Mosier, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. "As a precautionary measure we called 911 ... It's still unfolding at the moment." Patch will update this story as it develops. To get the news as soon as it breaks, follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
School system custodians, cafeteria workers, administrators and secretaries are all set to receive the same 1.25 percent salary increase as AACPS teachers.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved a 1.25 percent mid-year pay increase for all non-teaching staff members Wednesday morning. The board’s decision to increase salaries for all Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) workers comes three weeks after they approved similar salary increases for teachers on Sept. 19. School staff members are now set to receive a pay bump in the middle of the current work year, which varies depending on the position held. For the current school year, employees will only technically receive a 0.62 percent increase, but then receive the full 1.25 percent for the next year. The agreement between the school system and employee bargaining units for support staff, secretaries and administrators …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The president of the school board asked for the formation of a committee to seek a site for graduations. Currently, many ceremonies are held in Baltimore and Prince George's counties.
The president of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education said he'd like to find a place in the county to hold high school graduations. Andrew Pruski requested the formation of a committee to determine how to hold more graduation ceremonies in Anne Arundel County each May. Currently, many graduation ceremonies are held outside of Anne Arundel County, at sites including the campus of UMBC and Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro. “Anytime we can keep tax dollars, and keep people traveling in Anne Arundel, we should do that,” Pruski said. “It’s not a decision or a move, but a look to the future." Pruski said that Sen. Ed Degrange (D-Glen Burnie) has indicated support for a county graduation site. Board member Salon Webb asked that the ad hoc…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The at-large school board member received the unanimous support of the board. Teresa Birge was elected as vice president.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has unanimously elected Andrew Pruski as its next president. The board voted 8-0 in support of Pruski, who joined the board in 2009. He will replace Patricia Nalley. Pruski is a Gambrills resident and works as an assessment supervisor with Baltimore County Schools. The board also unanimously elected at-large member Teresa Birge to serve as vice president for 2012-2013.
Friday, March 9, 2012
After the delegation voted 9-3 to support the bill, it now heads to the Maryland House of Delegates' Ways and Means Committee for a hearing.
Anne Arundel County's delegates in Annapolis voted 9-3 Friday to support a bill that would add elected officials to the county school board. The legislation, House Bill 367, calls for establishing a "hybrid" school board with a five-member majority elected by county residents for the first time. Currently, the nine-member Anne Arundel County Board of Education is one of four districts in the state whose positions are entirely appointed by the governor. Sponsored by Del. Steve Schuh (R-District 31), House Bill 367 would maintain three governor-appointed seats and reserve one board position for a student member. House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-District 30) did not attend the voting Friday morning. Below is a breakdown of how the …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Teacher pension shifts, salary raises and Maryland's maintenance of effort requirements are on the town hall's agenda.
Ray Leone, president of the Anne Arundel County Council PTA, will join elected officials and educators Monday in a town hall meeting to discuss Maryland’s education issues. Policymakers and more than 100 teachers throughout the state will gather in Annapolis to address public school funding, the maintenance of effort law and more. Leone said one of the biggest topics on the table will be Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed teacher pension shift from state to county governments. The immediate legislation would cost more than $240 million throughout the state. The shift would cause Anne Arundel County $20 million alone in its first year and more than $30 million in the second year, Leone said. “No matter what side you fall on, $20 million is …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Speaking to the county Board of Education, a PTA representative cited all the organization's concerns regarding the potential new structure.
When Sarah Williamson spoke to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Wednesday afternoon she made it clear the Annapolis Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association is concerned with more than just the fate of the playground. Speaking on behalf of the PTA, Williamson laid out a lengthy list of concerns involving the city’s proposition to build a parking garage along Compromise Street near the school. They all involved the safety and health of the students. The garage would be built at the same time as an upcoming renovation and expansion of the school. Wednesday’s board meeting was the first time the two groups officially talked about the possibility. They are now working on a memorandum of understanding to move forward with planning…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Mayor Josh Cohen asked the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for an official memorandum of understanding on the project, but for now he has to wait.
Officials from from Annapolis and the Anne Arundel County School Board are going to continue talking about the possibility of building of parking garage near Annapolis Elementary School. But the project is just short of an official memorandum of understanding between the city and the school system that would allow the project to officially move forward. The city wants to build a parking garage along Compromise Street partially where the public playground and a portion of the school’s play area currently stand. The project quickly met with opposition from parents and residents who started a petition against the garage and to keep the playground as part of any project that proceeds. City officials are hoping to cooperate with the school …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
During the Anne Arundel County Board of Education meeting Wednesday, a board member's plan to give the body more control over makeup days was rejected by a tie vote.
A bad winter storm could mean a longer school year. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved school calendars two years in advance for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years on Wednesday. Within those calendars are dates for holidays, breaks and the policy for how to handle school closings due to extreme weather. The next school year is comprised of 185 days. If any are missed, state law requires the days to be made up. Four days are built in to the end of the school year to compensate for emergency closings. If additional school days must be missed, they’ll be added on top of those last days of school. If there are leftover days at the end of the year, school could conceivably end earlier in June. Board member Kevin Jackson …