Back-to-school event is Sunday at Civic Center

Public school students who are in need are invited to Fresh Start: A Wicomico County Back to School Event this Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The event — back for its second year – will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Children in need entering kindergarten and up can […]

Gains Hawkins: We must build a Smart Community

I knew from the outset that the odds of my securing the District 3 open seat on the Wicomico County school board were unlikely.  The process wasn’t going to be a job interview, but rather a political appointment and the Republicans with a 4-3 majority had the votes. Council President John Cannon’s muddled management of […]

Culver seeking new funding for Beaver Run project

County Executive Bob Culver is sticking by his declaration that Beaver Run Elementary School construction bond borrowing can’t begin this year, even as the County Council is publicly insisting the executive is wrong. In a letter dated June 13 and addressed to county schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin, Council President John Cannon labels Culver’s assertions […]

Culver moves around money for Mardela renovation

County officials, in a meeting with the Board of Education’s Director of Facility Services on Tuesday, offered $291,000 — earmarked in County Executive Bob Culver’s  FY20 budget for roof repairs to Westside Intermediate School — to begin a renovation study for Mardela Middle & High School. Culver made the offer, in the form of a […]

Leaders get an earful on Mardela renovation delay

Those in support of a new Mardela Middle & High School — and disappointed County Executive Bob Culver removed the cost from the Capital Improvement Plan — crowded into the Council Chamber Tuesday night, spilled into the hallway and adamantly objected. “Mr. Culver, I want to see you put Mardela back into the CIP … […]

Desired Mardela school renovation delay is expected

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver’s plan to put on hold the rebuilding and renovation at Mardela Middle & High School is expected to be met with objections Tuesday night at a public hearing on the capital budget. “It’s been held back for many years. Even when I was there – and I graduated nearly 20 […]

One On One, April 11, 2019: Dr. Donna Hanlin

Wicomico Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Hanlin joins us to discuss the school system’s FY 2020 budget needs, progress on her “Achieve 2022” strategic plan and challenges facing students, teachers, parents and administrators.

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 […]

Leadership change imposed at James M. Bennett

A new principal of James M. Bennett High School was named last week, replacing Amy Eskridge, who was implicated in mid-January when a school guidance counselor was charged with sex-related offenses. Eskridge was placed on leave after Allen Edward Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland, was arrested on Jan. 11 and charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex […]