School board candidate’s county job presents conflict

When Michelle Bradley, a candidate for the Wicomico County Board of Education, was hired as Executive Director of the county’s Local Management Board, the question of conflict of interest arose. Can Bradley, who heads the organization, formed to “implement and maintain an efficient system of services for children, adolescents and families,” also serve on the […]

Schools budget in Culver’s hands; gap is $7.3 million

The Wicomico County Board of Education’s $194 million budget for fiscal 2019, which passed last week with a $7.3 million gap between requests and funding, is now in the hands of County Executive Bob Culver. He and his staff will work on it until April, when it will be sent to the Wicomico County Council […]

Wicomico schools seek more spending, support

The Wicomico County Board of Education will begin grappling with a $9.2 million gap between requests that total $194.4 million in the FY19 budget and funding that would convert those desires into realities. “Some schools’ wish lists might not get fulfilled,” school board President Don Fitzgerald told the Salisbury Independent this week. “We’ll be looking […]

Hanlin recommends school boundary adjustments

On Capitol Hill, the Social Security program is often referred to as the “third rail” in politics — any elected leader who dares to touch it will suffer an election-time electrocution. For a long time in Wicomico County, the third rail was alcohol sales at the Youth & Civic Center. No one dared touch that […]

Turner, Goslee to square off for school board

Five candidates are now running for seats on the seven-member Wicomico County Board of Education. The nonpartisan election is Nov. 6. Now that the school board is an elected body instead on one whose members appointed by the governor, all seven seats are on the ballot. The board will reflect the Wicomico County Council format […]

Hanlin offers ambitious plans in State of Schools

In her first-ever State of the Schools Address, held before a select crowd of county leaders this week, Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin reviewed the successes of her Achieve! 1.0 goals of the past year and set a bold agenda for the coming budget year. In a presentation that stressed the school system’s progress and potential, […]

County Council reviewing school board candidates

The Wicomico County Council will select three new school board members from six finalists who applied, with the hope of having them begin serving Sept. 1. Three seats on the seven-member Wicomico County Board of Education became available after Joe Ollinger resigned early, and Dr. Tyrone Chase’s and Ronald Willey’s terms expired on June 30. […]

Paul Butler to lead Wicomico schools communications

Paul Butler, the familiar face of the evening news on WBOC-TV, has accepted a position as Director of Communications and Community Outreach for the Wicomico County Board of Education. The 54-year-old Salisbury native, who once owned a public relations firm, will begin working in the newly created position on July 3. His last day at […]

School board applicants to meet with public

The Wicomico County Board of Education’s Nomination Commission will have a public hearing to introduce the applicants for three open seats on the school board at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at the James M. Bennett High School Auditorium. Applicants are Jocelyn Abbott, Dawn E. Becker, Dai’Sha Berry, Allen C. Brown Sr., Mary Lou […]

Voters clear in their desire to elect school board

Wicomico County residents made it clear they want a fully elected Board of Education, with nearly 51 percent of the 36,451 voters selecting Option 2 on Tuesday’s ballot. Option 2 called for “five members elected by district and two members elected at large.” The option garnered 18,514 votes. The other two possibilities, for a fully […]