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 […]

Don Fitzgerald’s voice will never go silent

Don Fitzgerald has a long history of survival. He survived a tour of duty in Vietnam as a young draftee with the U.S. Army more than 50 years ago. He has survived 11 surgeries since 2002, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of low-grade sarcoma in his larynx. He also survived two false-negative […]

Tonya Laird Lewis named to Wicomico school board

A Willards mother of two who works as a substitute teacher in the Wicomico schools system was named to the open post on the county school board. After a convoluted succession of abstentions, recusals and pointed debate about the appointment process on Tuesday, Tonya Laird Lewis was selected over Gains Hawkins to fill the seat […]

Cannon signals he’ll back Lewis for school board

The Wicomico County Council next week will again vote for an applicant to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education. Last week, council members voted, but it repeatedly ended in a tie, with three voting for Gains Hawkins and three voting for Tonya Laird Lewis and with Council President John Cannon abstaining each […]

School board nominees fall short in council vote

The matter of appointing a new Board of Education member to represent District 3 was returned to the Nominating Commission, after Wicomico County Council members repeatedly reached tie votes at their meeting Tuesday. Council members, at different times during the meeting, nominated and voted for the two candidates – Gains Hawkins and Tonya Laird Lewis […]

Wicomico schools facing fall start-date decisions

Wicomico County schools officials haven’t decided whether they’ll change class start-dates in light of the General Assembly’s overturning of a policy to open schools after Labor Day. In a political blow to Gov. Larry Hogan and state Comptroller Peter Franchot, the legislature voted last week to override the governor’s veto of a bill that will […]

Culver to fully fund Superintendent’s initiatives

County Executive Bob Culver announced Wednesday night that he will include the school board’s full $46.15 million funding request in the fiscal 2020 budget plan he will forward to the County Council. The announcement came at the County Executive’s annual public input session, held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Historically, the sessions are […]

Schools budget asks $46M county contribution

The county school board has forwarded a $220.82 million spending plan to the County Executive that asks for a local contribution of $46.15 million for the fiscal year that begins in July. Total school spending would rise by $8.26 million, or 3.86 percent. Compared to the current year budget, the board is asking for an […]

Hanlin presents school budget priorities

The Wicomico County Board of Education appears ready to support Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin’s $7.99 million Fiscal 2020 funding request for projects specific to her “Achieve! 3.0” strategic plan. The board met Tuesday for a fourth time to do more work on the budget plan, which is expected to be passed this coming Tuesday and […]

Superintendent unveils ‘Achieve!’ strategic plan

When Dr. Donna Hanlin arrived on the Wicomico scene in 2016 to assume the mantle of Superintendent of the public schools system, she found herself standing in the middle of a crossroads. The demographics of the student population was changing. Teacher retention was a huge problem and student discipline concerns abounded. County elected officials and […]