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 […]

Parents form group to address school violence

Concern about fighting and assaults in local schools has led to the creation of Wicomico Parents Representing Parents, mothers and fathers intent on making schools conducive to learning and places where misbehavior is not tolerated. “I want my voice to be heard on a national level. Do not mess with my child. That’s my goal. […]

Photo Gallery: Rock & Roll Revival continues tonight

Rockin’ the Movies, this year’s annual Rock & Roll Revival, opened last weekend at James M. Bennett High School. The 21st annual production, with an all-student cast, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets cost $20 for the […]

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 […]

Bennett officials on leave during counselor probe

The principal and vice principal of James M. Bennett High School remain on administrative leave following the arrest of a guidance counselor and local coach charged with criminal offenses involving rape and soliciting child pornography. Allen Edward Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland, who, last week was charged on 15 counts, was originally being held without bail […]

Wicomico schools fare well in new state ratings

Wicomico County schools received an excellent report card from the Maryland State Department of Education, with two-thirds of all schools earning four of a possible five stars. The grades were awarded under a new measurement system only revealed this fall. They affect all public schools in Maryland. Graded were all 10 elementary schools, and the […]

Wi-Middle teacher donates kidney to stranger

There aren’t many days Jeff Lynd and Kelly Sowatsky don’t talk, exchange a quick hello by telephone, check on each other. Their friendship began, then deepened, after Lynd, in a selfless act he downplays, donated a kidney to Sowatsky, a Columbia, Pa., resident who, sick and in need of the organ, held up a sign […]