Superintendent Donna Hanlin: Students, teachers need safe spaces

In March, Dr. Donna C. Hanlin was selected to succeed Dr. John E. Fredericksen as Superintendent of Wicomico County Public Schools. She was born and raised in Salisbury and is a James M. Bennett High School graduate. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Wicomico County and assisted in the design of the […]

Hanlin outlines goals as schools superintendent

For Dr. Donna Hanlin, last week was nothing short of exceptional. The Salisbury native was selected as Wicomico County’s new superintendent of schools and introduced to a cheering audience gathered at Bennett High School, where she was formerly principal. And, the mother of four celebrated her 60th birthday. “I’m so excited and so glad. Now […]

Donna Hanlin selected to lead Wicomico public schools

As the audience cheered its approval, Dr. Donna C. Hanlin was formally introduced on Monday night as the county’s new superintendent of schools. School board members and those attending stood and applauded as a smiling Hanlin took her place behind the podium, on the stage of Bennett High School’s auditorium and called being selected “a […]

Meet the super candidates: Townsend, Hughes, Hanlin

Finalists for superintendent of Wicomico County schools have been interviewing for the top position and meeting with members of the school board and the community. This week the candidates —  Dr. Cathy J. Townsend, Dr. Lorenzo L. Hughes and Dr. Donna C. Hanlin  — met with panels composed of support staff, retirees, business leaders, teachers, […]

Hemalatha Bhaskaran is named Teacher of the Year

James M. Bennett High School’s Hemalatha Bhaskaran, an Environmental Science teacher, was named the 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year in an announcement that aired Thursday on WBOC’s DelmarvaLife. Bhaskaran has taught Environmental Science at JMB since 2004. She is passionate about providing meaningful educational experiences for all of her students. “I teach at one […]

Wicomico schools would increase spending 3.78%

The Wicomico County Board of Education has approved a $236.98 million budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which increases total spending by $8.6 million, or 3.78 percent. The budget is essentially flat to the state’s Maintenance of Effort spending number, which is determined through a formula that ensures a school system is adequately funding public […]

Chamber to host ‘State of Schools’ event Jan. 27

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2020 State of the Schools Luncheon, presented by First Shore Federal and Comcast, on Monday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkside High School in Salisbury. This is an opportunity to hear Wicomico schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin discuss achievements, goals for improvement […]

Mardela school scrapped for now from spending plan

Highly anticipated plans for a new middle and high school complex in Mardela Springs appear either dead or significantly delayed for now. Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has officially removed more than $40 million in capital monies expected to be disbursed over five years for a new school to serve the western side of the […]

2019 Year In Review: More progress, vital transitions

The year 2019 once again was a year of progress and transition in Salisbury and Wicomico County, with an array of quality-of-life initiatives gaining steam in an overall-positive business and retail economy. Folk Festival a success  Blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s evidently were the secret to a significant boost in attendance at […]

Bob Culver offers 2019 ‘State of the County’ report

County Executive Bob Culver presented his annual State of the County report at an event held Dec. 16 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Culver, a Republican who in December began the second year of his second term as the county administrative leader, stressed quality-of-life issues, financial stewardship and a hopeful future. — Editor. […]