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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, Family, Sci-Tech

Gunpowder Elementary principal, students dig up time capsule from 1995 [PHOTOS]

PERRY HALL, MD—It’s not every day that someone finds a real-life treasure map. When Gunpowder Elementary School principal Wendy Cunningham came across a map leading to a time capsule buried in May, 1995 with instructions to retrieve it in May 2020, that’s exactly what she did. Twenty-five years to the month after its burial, members of the fifth grade class …


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 …

Marks, Henn: Board approves contract to expand parking lot at Gunpowder Elementary School

UPDATE: The parking lot expansion is now under way. Original story below… —— PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Board of Education member Julie Henn on Tuesday announced the approval of the contract to expand the parking lot at Gunpowder Elementary School. The Board of Education approved the contract at its May 5th meeting. Construction will occur this summer. Monumental Paving and …

Henn, Marks write letter asking Governor Hogan to support Built to Learn Act

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Among the many other economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it was revealed last week that construction funding for the proposed new northeast Baltimore County school projects was now uncertain due to budget constraints. Last Tuesday night, the Baltimore County School Board approved a contract modification that authorizes the school system to purchase new technology for projects including …

Construction funding for new northeast Baltimore County schools uncertain due to COVID-19

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Construction funding for the proposed new schools in northeastern Baltimore County is now uncertain due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday night, the Baltimore County School Board approved a contract modification that authorizes the school system to purchase new technology for projects including the new northeast elementary school at Ridge Road and the new northeast middle school. That …

Maryland General Assembly passes Built to Learn Act

ANNAPOLIS, MD—On Tuesday, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB1, the so-called “Built to Learn Act.” The bill will invest an additional $2.2 billion into school construction prioritizing schools with the oldest buildings and schools with a high number of classroom trailers. HB-1 includes three northeastern Baltimore County school projects; a new elementary school in Rosedale, a new middle school at …

Outcry builds after Loch Raven High uses Trump image next to Nazi symbols in AP classroom

PARKVILLE, MD—Public outcry is building after students at Loch Raven High School were shown a classroom slide presenting President Donald Trump next to Nazi and communist symbols. A slide in an AP History class at the school showed President Trump alongside pictures of a Nazi swastika and hammer-and-sickle, which is frequently used to depict communism. The text “wants to round …