Business, Education

Baltimore County, BCPS announce community engagement effort for capital planning

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools on Tuesday today announced a new community engagement effort as part of phase 2 of the Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools (MYIPAS), a long-range capital planning process to identify and prioritize needed improvements to Baltimore County’s school infrastructure. As part of this new effort, additional online surveys and virtual community forums …


Education, Politics, Sci-Tech

Senator West, Councilman Marks: Change law to enforce more oversight of schools

The following op-ed was submitted by Senator Chris West and Councilman David Marks, who represent northeastern Baltimore County. This month, instruction for Baltimore County Public Schools’ system was disrupted by a ransomware attack, the costs of which are still not known. We would like to thank the personnel who are working to correct the problem, as well as educators, students …


Councilman Marks: Greg Heitner reappointed to recreation board

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Friday announced the reappointment of Perry Hall resident Greg Heitner as the Fifth District representative to the Board of Recreation and Parks. Heitner has served since January 2014. His four-year appointment will conclude in 2024. “I would like to thank Mr. Heitner for his diligent service to Baltimore County,” said Councilman Marks. …

Councilman Marks honors 19 Fifth District Citizens of the Year

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD—Councilman David Marks on Tuesday announced that 19 outstanding volunteers would be named Fifth District Citizens of the Year. The Citizens of the Year program was created in 2011 as a way for Councilman Marks to recognize good works throughout the Fifth District, which stretches from Towson to Kingsville. Councilman Marks solicited nominations from the public, but also …

Olszewski issues statement following passage of Question A to create Baltimore County Fair Election Fund

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski has applauded the passage of Question A, which will create a Fair Election Fund in Baltimore County. The Question was put on the ballot as a result of Olszewski’s first legislative initiative upon taking office. “The volume of one’s voice should never be dependent on the size of their pockets. The people of Baltimore County …

Councilman Marks’ open space legislation now protects nearly 4,000 acres

PERRY HALL, MD—In 2012, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks created a zoning category, Neighborhood Commons, to protect land as open space. Thanks to that legislation, approximately 4,000 acres has now been designated as Neighborhood Commons, Councilman Marks announced on Monday. The new estimate includes decisions based on the adoption of the 2016 Comprehensive Zoning Map. Much of the land is …

Baltimore County to secure outside vendor to assist with water billing

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced that Baltimore County would hire an outside contractor to assist with water meter readings, and will deploy County staff to assist the Baltimore City Department of Public Works with sending bills to County customers in order to avoid any further billing delays. “Residents deserve to have their water bills delivered in an …

Baltimore County Council passes SMART Policing Act

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Council on Monday night passed the SMART Policing Act by a vote a 6 to 1. The Strengthening Modernization, Accountability, Reform, and Transparency (SMART) Policing Act is a comprehensive package of initiatives to improve and modernize policing in Baltimore County while strengthening community relations, according to County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who introduced the legislation in September. …