Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The plan includes enhanced security measures for schools, security cameras in elementary schools and checks on school visitors.
UPDATED (12:48 p.m.)—County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance Tuesday announced nearly $3.8 million for enhancing security in county schools. The money will be used for technology aimed at enhancing security at county schools, especially elementary schools, in the wake of shootings at Perry Hall High School and in Newtown, CT. The plan includes: The county will spend about $1 million in cash and an additional $2.7 million in capital money from the budget year that begins July 1. Kamenetz said the hope is that the county can be reimbursed later by state and federal sources. Gov. Martin O'Malley earlier this year proposed $25 million for security improvements at schools in Maryland. …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Community residents are encouraged to attend and offer their thoughts regarding the proposed closure of the magnet school.
Wednesday, January 23
Baltimore County Public Schools officials have issued the following announcement of a public hearing regarding the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED CLOSING OF EASTWOOD CENTER The Board of Education of Baltimore County has received a recommendation from the Superintendent to close Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School,
(428 Westham Way, Baltimore, MD 21224 ). On February 12, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Dundalk High School, 1901 Delvale Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21222, the Board will conduct a public hearing on the Superintendent’s proposal to close Eastwood. Snow date will be February 20, 2013. All persons wishing to testify at the public hearing must: • Identify themselves, and, if …
Dundalk residents are angry that they have not been included in the decision-making process regarding the proposed closure of Eastwood Elementary Magnet School.
Wednesday, January 23
Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. has asked that the following letter—dated Jan. 18—that he wrote to Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance be distributed to as many people as possible: Dear Dr. Dance: I am writing today on behalf of my constituents who are concerned about the proposed closing of Eastwood Magnet School and the changes being proposed for Norwood Elementary School and Holabird Middle School. I attended a public meeting on Saturday, Janaury 12 in which many parents and residents of the respective communities voiced their concerns very clearly. They feel they have been left out of the process. It is never an easy thing to close a school in a neighborhood no matter the reasons. However, …
Officials from around Maryland head to Annapolis to compete for a share of $336 million in school construction money at the annual gathering known as beg-a-thon.
State House Insiders and veterans call it "beg-a-thon." Gov. Martin O'Malley once tried to re-name it with the more pleasant sounding "hope-a-thon." And on Wednesday, the tradition begins anew as officials from around the state appear before the state Board of Public Works, hat in hand, seeking funding for school construction and renovation projects. Last week, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz charged county delegates and senators with "ensuring that the county gets its fair share." Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance will make his first appearance before the board made up of O'Malley, state Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed $336 million for school construction …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Three Dundalk schools will be housed in two facilities as the school system makes plans to turn property over to the county.
School officials announced plans to consolidate three Dundalk schools into two facilites Monday night, but denied a larger county trend. At a meeting with Dundalk families at Holabird Middle School, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Hobbs said the Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School property will be turned over to the county for redevelopment at the end of the current school year. School officials are considering options to house the Eastwood, Holabird and Norwood Elementary School programs between the Holabird and Norwood facilities. The current Eastwood site could possibly be used for a new area police station. "You're always looking to respect the best use of space," he said following the meeting. "The conversation about Eastwood has …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Approximately 60 students attended the inaugural student town hall, which took place at Chesapeake High School in Essex.
School infrastructure, academic options and nutritious meals are some of the issues on the minds of Baltimore County Public Schools students, Superintendent Dallas Dance learned Wednesday. Dance hosted the first of two Student Town Halls scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year during the lunch hour at Chesapeake High School in Essex. The second one is scheduled for spring 2013. "The good thing was [the students] were asking a lot of the same questions we've been hearing from around the community," Dance said following the meeting. "It shows we're all on the same page." Approximately 60 students from Chesapeake, Dundalk, Eastern Technical, Kenwood, Loch Raven, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Crossroads Center, Rosedale Center, …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The agreement to combine data centers will save as much as $4 million in construction costs and $100,000 annually in maintenance, according to the county.
County government and schools system officials say an agreement to consolidate data centers will save millions in construction and annual maintenance costs. The school system has agreed to combine its primary data center in Timonium with a county government data center in Towson. County Government and the schools system have been sharing a backup data center since 2007. The agreement, announced in a statement by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Superintendent S. Dallas Dance, is expected to save as much as $4 million associated with the construction of a new center for the schools system. Both Kamenetz and Dance highlighted the fiscal benefits of the agreement. "We have made giant strides so far in using innovation and consolidation to …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
County middle schools report lower passage percentages than elementary schools on the Maryland State Assessments.
Results from the 2012 Maryland State Assessment reveal a mixed bag of results from Baltimore County Public Schools students. While elementary schools showed strong gains, middle schools reported results below the state average. One Towson elementary school even received 100 percent passage in all subgroups. "We have areas of improvement but we feel good about the data," said Elizabeth Grace Chesney, executive director of research, accountability, assessment and data warehouse for Baltimore County Public Schools. Statewide, 88.2 percent of elementary school students performed at proficient or advanced levels in reading and 87.7 percent did so in math, according to Baltimore County Schools news release. By comparison, 90.7 percent of …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
S. Dallas Dance, 31, started his new role as Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent on July 1.
While some people have concerns about S. Dallas Dance's credentials, the new Baltimore County Public Schools superintendent says his skills set is what matters. "If you look at my resume—clearly you can see that any positions I had, I was asked to apply for them," Dance said. "As a matter of fact, in many cases, I didn't even apply, I was promoted to them." Dance, 31, took over the helm of the school system on July 1 from outgoing superintendent Joe Hairston, who served in the role for 12 years. Dance was previously chief of middle schools in the Houston, TX school system, and has held administrative and teaching positions in Virginia. Speaking to his ability, Dance told Patch that he was offered superintendent positions in New York, …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Baltimore County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve S. Dallas Dance as the next superintendent of schools Tuesday.
New Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance set the tone for his tenure at his first press conference Tuesday, emphasizing communication, collaboration, technology and people as the key components of improving the school system. "The work before us is a collective effort," he said. "It's not something that Dallas Dance can do by himself." The school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the 30-year-old Dance, who takes over for Schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston, who is retiring. A native of Virginia, Dance has been chief middle schools officer in the Houston school system for the past two years. The district is the seventh-largest in the country. While the superintendent doesn't take office until July 1…