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Parking lot expansion under way at Gunpowder Elementary School

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The long-awaited expansion of the Gunpowder Elementary School parking lot is now under way. Councilman David Marks shared photos of the expansion work “in progress” on Thursday. “When schools reopen, this (expansion) should alleviate the persistent parking issues in this area – one of the key priorities identified by the task force I created to improve mobility near Klausmier …


Education, Health, Sci-Tech

Baltimore County Public Schools announces plan for virtual education through January 2021

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools plans to begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual education, following approval secured Tuesday night from the Board of Education of Baltimore County. Following schedules designed by their schools, students will engage in live, virtual instruction with their teachers four days each week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday), for 2 – 3.5 hours per day. …


New BCPS eight-year strategic plan focuses on quality instruction, systemic supports

TOWSON, MD—A focus on quality instruction and systemic supports will guide the next eight years of Baltimore County Public Schools, according to “The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence,” a new strategic plan for the school system approved at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Board of Education of Baltimore County. The Compass is based on extensive public outreach that began on …

Councilman Marks introduces bill to look at Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks will introduce legislation to update the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, the statute designed to govern development in school districts. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Councilmembers Izzy Patoka and Wade Kach, would establish a task force to look at changes to the APFO. The task force would include representatives from the Board of Education, …

Marks, Jackson support new BCPS policy regarding student arrest notifications

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks (R) and Delegate Carl Jackson (D) have each written letters to the members of the Baltimore County Board of Education in support of a policy change that would improve the decision-making that occurs when a student has been arrested. “This rule change would require law enforcement agencies to notify the Baltimore County Public School …

Board of Education seeking public comment on boundary recommendations affecting Perry Hall, Carney schools

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools announced on Friday that the public has until Saturday, June 13, to comment on a proposed adjustment to the boundary lines of four Baltimore County schools now under consideration by the Board of Education of Baltimore County. The proposed boundary change, which was presented to the Board during its May 19 work session, is necessary …

Dr. Erin Hager sworn in as newest member of Board of Education of Baltimore County

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Dr. Erin Hager, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was sworn in on Thursday morning by the Baltimore County Clerk of the Court as the newest member of the Board of Education of Baltimore County. Hager was nominated by the Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission and appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to fill …

School board leaders describe decision to hold virtual BCPS graduations

TOWSON, MD—At its May 5 meeting, the Board of Education of Baltimore County voted to approve a contract with the company Herff Jones to provide virtual graduation ceremonies for all Baltimore County Public Schools high schools. “This was a difficult decision for all of us,” said Board Chair Kathleen Causey. “We have heard from students and parents that what they …