Friday, November 16, 2012
Plan will shift 1,860 elementary students next year.
The Howard County Board of Education approved a plan that will shift 1,860 elementary students next year to alleviate overcrowding and fill a new elementary school opening on Ducketts Lane in Elkridge. The plan, BOE 9, was put together earlier in the week by the board using parts of Superintendent Renee Foose's plan and the area attendance committee's plan that was created over several months, according to a report in Explore Howard. The Board approved the plan by a 5-2 vote with Brian Meshkin and Cindy Vaillancourt voting against it. Here's how the plan will work, according to board documents: In addition, the plan includes the motions for streets that will be shifted and a map of polygons encompassing neighborhoods that will be …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Find out about the six candidates running for seats on the Howard County Board of Education
On Monday, Patch spoke with candidates for Board of Education, perhaps the tightest race in Tuesday's election in Howard County . The six candidates are hoping to be one of three candidates who win seats. Voters select three candidates on the ballot. Here's more on each candidate, listed in alphabetical order: Bob Ballinger Ballinger, of Ellicott City, said on Monday he was spending the last few hours before Tuesday’s election with good friends and making sure his signs are at the polls. During his campaign, Ballinger has focused on fiscal responsibility in the school system, championing early childhood education, and allowing open enrollment, in which parents would be able to send their kids to the school of their choice. Ballinger, who …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
A list of endorsements for Howard County's upcoming BOE race.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Elections are just two weeks away. Who do you want to see on the Howard County School Board?
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Talk about your top pick for school board in comments or vote in our poll.
There are six candidates running for three seats on the Howard County Board of Education this year. So far the candidates have discussed the issues the county's schools face at two forums, which you can read about here and here. In addition, each candidate has posted on their websites where they stand on important issues such as redistricting, equity across schools, technology, open enrollment and much more. Find that information by clicking on the candidates' name below: Bob Ballinger - Staffer for Congressman Joe Pitts, of PA, from Ellicott City. Ann De Lacy - Retired teacher, former president of the Howard County Education Association, from Columbia. David Gertler - Technology executive, from Ellicott City. Ellen Flynn Giles - …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Candidates for the Board of Education will be speaking at a forum in Elkridge Thursday at 7 p.m. - follow along here.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Foose said she wants to make sure impact of poverty is addressed in process.
Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee Foose told a crowd of parents at a listen and learn session this week that she has asked her staff to re-examine redistricting plans, according to Explore Howard. At the forum Monday, one specific focus she addressed was the need to balance out the impact of poverty on schools being redistricted, wrote Explore Howard. A committee is scheduled to present its redistricting plan to the Howard County Board of Education later this month. The redistricting proposal is being created as a new elementary school is set to open in the fall of 2013 on Ducketts Lane in Elkridge. The new elementary school is needed to accommodate current school overcrowding and with it, shifting students is necessary to …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The young co-president of the local chapter of the League is using technology to distribute more information about upcoming elections.
Alice Giles has a tendency to talk fast. Whether the subject is new town zoning, the upcoming elections or advocating for stormwater management, she can talk extensively on many topics. Providing information is what Giles, 26, does as co-president of the League of Women Voters of Howard County. Before elections, the non-partisan group creates an election guide and holds forums for prospective candidates. However, in the age of the Internet, just sending out a hard-copy election guide isn't enough, according to Giles, who is working with the League to find more ways to distribute information electronically. "I want to make it a more modern, active group," said Giles, who lives in North Laurel, in an interview with Patch. "The answer to …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
School Board candidate Ann De Lacy says the name-calling is more than uncivil. She says it’s dangerous. Her critics say she's running a divisive campaign.
Board of Education candidate Ann De Lacy says she has become “frightened” by the torrent of online criticism that has been lobbed her way as she wages a controversial campaign to get a seat on the school board in Howard County. She has been called 'volatile,’ 'arrogant' and 'ignorant' by her critics, words that have appeared on blogs and online forums across Howard County. “I’m a 62-year-old woman who served the community as a teacher. I’m a grandmother. I’m a volunteer in schools. So, it’s shocking to me to be called names in such a vociferous way,” said De Lacy, 62. “It’s totally uncivil. More than uncivil, dangerous.” In the 15-person primary in May, De Lacy, of Columbia, finished second with 28.6 percent of the vote. In the general…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Howard County Board of Education Member Brian Meshkin joins Patch to discuss education issues.
Howard County School Board Member Brian Meshkin answered a wide range of questions about the board and county schools during a live blog with Patch on Wednesday afternoon. He emphasized the need to use new technology to reduce costs, employing six-sigma management techniques to improve operations and lauded the addition of new superintendent Renee Foose to Howard County Public Schools. He briefly addressed Allen Dyer’s ongoing administrative hearings. “I voted against the impeachment of Mr. Dyer,” wrote Meshkin, “because I believe it is wrong for the Board of Education to overrule the votes of the public. I am not an extremist. It is extreme to sue the Board of Education that you serve on and it is equally as extreme to impeach a sitting …