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 […]

Schools to remain closed an additional four weeks

Superintendent of Maryland Public Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced Wednesday morning that schools will remain closed for an additional four weeks, until at least April 24. The original shut-down, tentatively set to expire this Friday, was declared in response to the spread of COVID-19. “It is too early to say when schools will reopen,” Salmon […]

Dr. Hanlin reappointed schools Superintendent

The seven members of the Wicomico County Board of Education have unanimously reappointed Dr. Donna C. Hanlin to a second four-year term as schools Superintendent. The reappointment took place during the open school board session held Feb. 11. Hanlin’s term was set to expire July 1 and the school board was required to approve a […]

One On One, Jan. 30, 2020: Rock & Roll Revival’s Bob Hayman

Rock & Roll Revival begins Friday, Feb. 7, and one of the event’s musical directors, Bob Hayman, stops by to preview the always-stunning James M. Bennett High School spectacular.

Hanlin stresses security in annual schools report

Addressing security concerns and implementing goals expected under a sweeping state education improvement initiative are among the top task list items for Wicomico schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin. In her annual State of the Schools address held this week before a crowd of community leaders, Hanlin unveiled her “Achieve 4.0” strategic plan and reviewed progress […]

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 […]

School commission’s ideals applauded, costs decried

Wicomico County public schools would have to spend an additional $83.2 million over a 10-year period to meet the goals of a state panel charged with improving education. The county’s contribution to that effort would be an extra $9.4 million over the decade, beginning in 2020. State coffers would finance the remaining $73.8 million Wicomico […]

Former guidance counselor pleads guilty to sex offenses

A former Wicomico County teacher and school guidance counselor has pleaded guilty to multiple offenses concerning his improper interaction with school students. Allen E. Mitchell, 33, of Salisbury, pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to sexual abuse of a minor, manufacturing of child pornography, contributing to the condition of a minor and telephone misuse in an obscene […]

Kirwan Chairman to speak in Salisbury on Tuesday

The leader at the center of a controversial effort to improve state public education – and find ways to pay for such improvements – will be in Salisbury on Tuesday to discuss the initiative. Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan, Chairman of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, will address a community forum at Wor-Wic […]