Sunday, May 19, 2013
The tower is proposed for the grounds on Piney Orchard Elementary School.
Residents of Piney Orchard will gather Monday for a meeting to discuss a proposed cell tower at the community's elementary school. Milestone Communications has proposed building a 99-foot tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School, in order to assist Verizon in improving its mobile phone coverage. The community meeting, which is required by law, will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the West County Area Library. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education reviewed the proposal on April 3. It does not need to vote on the plan, as it already has an approved Master Leasing Agreement with Milestone. Under the agreement, the school system receives 40 percent of all rent revenues from the tower and a $25,000 one-time payment. It will also receive $5,…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The superintendent for county schools has recommended approval of $350,000 for repairs of middle school lot.
MacArthur Middle School will get a newly paved parking lot if the County School Board approves a $370,000 contract to complete the work. The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will vote Wednesday on a contract with Espina Paving to carry out parking lot repairs. Espina had the lowest bid among the eight companies vying for the contract. The Board has placed the contract in its "consent agenda" for Wednesday's meeting, indicating that it will likely be approved. Also on Wednesday, the Board is expected to approve a contract for roof repair and resurfacing at the Center for Applied Technology North. Cole Roofing Company has been indentified as the winning bidder for the $495,000 contract.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Parents asked the school board for assistance, following some high-profile incidents.
Parents of Arundel Middle School students said the addition of a third assistant principal would help bring stability to the school, which has dealt with a handful of discipline concerns this school year. Students and teachers echoed the call for help during testimony before the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday. "Our school is facing safety issues and teacher-stacking issues," said Tracy Mathews, whose daughter attends Arundel Middle School. "This [position] would help our principal be proactive instead of reactive." In February, a student was cited after allegedly threatening another student with a knife. That same week, a teacher was placed on leave after a confrontation with a student that was caught on video. …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It will be the third informal session involving members of the school board.
Leaders from the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and Fort Meade will meet with the public later this month at a special outreach event. Board President Andrew Pruski and Installation Commander Col. Edward Rothstein will be available to answer questions at the Px at Fort Meade on March 16. The event will run from noon to 3 p.m. This is the third outreach meeting involving members of the school board. Previously, they held events at Arundel Mills and Westfield Mall in Annapolis. In January, Pruski wrote a letter to Patch in which he thanked the public for its participation in the two previous events.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The board will review contracts for work at Crofton Elementary School and Arundel High.
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education this week is expected to approve more than $13.5 million worth of contracts for work on revitalizing Crofton Elementary School, as well as adding a dimmer system in the Arundel and Annapolis High auditoriums. The board will vote on the contracts at its meeting Wednesday at 10 a.m. There are 11 contracts in all, most relating to a renovation and expansion of Crofton Elementary School, due to be completed by September of 2015. The contracts range in cost from $500,000 to more than $4.5 million, and cover nearly every element of construction, including site and structural work, masonry, concrete, roofing and electrical work. The dimmer system at Arundel High School, meanwhile, is estimated to cost…
Monday, December 17, 2012
Here's a look at what's going on in west county this week.
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Monday, December 17, 2012
It's the final full week before Christmas. Are you done your shopping yet? There are several events this week worth keeping an eye on, from board meetings to great efforts on behalf of the needy. Arundel High Chorus Winter Concert When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: Arundel High Details: The chorus will perform a wide range of holiday and winter selections. Admission is free. School Board Tackles the Budget When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: 2644 Riva Rd., Annapolis Details: Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell will present his recommended operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2014. School of the Incarnation Backpack Collection When: Thursday morning Where: School of the Incarnation Details: For the 7th straight year, …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Anyone hoping to ask questions or voice concerns can do just that on Saturday. Just be ready to brave the weekend shopping crowds.
Two Anne Arundel County Board of Education members are inviting parents to meet with them and discuss issues facing the school system at a unique location this Saturday—inside the food court at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover. According to a press release from Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Board President Andrew Pruski and student member of the board Nick Lefavor will be at a table in the food court at Arundel Mills mall, available to answer questions and discuss various issues. “There will be a table with a Board of Education banner,” AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier said. “It’s a really informal, open dialogue type thing just for conversations. You don’t have to sign up for a 5-minute block or …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Here's a look at what's on tap this week in west Anne Arundel County.
Is the election here yet? OK, we've got a couple weeks to go. But in the meantime, check out these events this week, which include a debate viewing party. Presidential Debate Viewing Party When: Monday, 9 p.m. Where: Perry's Restaurant Details: The West County Democrats will gather as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama go at it for the third and final time. Board of Education Meeting When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: 2622 Riva Rd., Annapolis Details: The school board will offer an update on the academic achievement portion of the school system's strategic plan. The board will also vote on the designs for the new Severna Park High School and two other school projects. Arundel Volleyball vs. Severna Park When: Thursday, 6 p.m. Where: Arundel High …
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…
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 …