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 […]

Bennett sophomore wins $10,000 scholarship

The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has announced the 2018 Davidson Fellows. Among the honorees is 15-year-old Marvin Li of Salisbury. Li won a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship for his project, “A Support Vector Machine for Satellite Remote Sending of Optically Complex Coastal Waters.” He is one of only 20 students across the country to […]

Photo Gallery: Kickoff event opens school year

Wicomico County teachers and staff members started the 2018-2019 school year with a kickoff event hosted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna C. Hanlin. More than 2,400 employees from throughout the school system crowded the Civic Center for a Staff Kickoff Rally and 150th birthday celebration for public education in the county.

One On One, Aug. 23, 2018: Superintendent Donna Hanlin

Dr. Donna Hanlin begins her third year as the leader of the county’s 14,600-student public schools system. In an interview for PAC 14, the Salisbury native and career educator outlines her goals and expectations for the school year that begins next week.

William Turner: Why pre-kindergarten matters

This past year, the Wicomico County Board of Education, requested resources to fully fund countywide pre-kindergarten classrooms from the County Executive and County Council. During the meetings that followed there was discussion of the importance of pre-k education and the effects it has on children’s preparedness to come to kindergarten “ready to learn.” The state […]

Wicomico school leaders prepare for school year

Leadership teams are in place in all Wicomico County Public Schools, which will open for most students on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Administrative teams for each school and program in Wicomico County Public Schools are listed below, with changes underlined. Students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will attend school on Sept. 4. (Exceptions: All grades […]