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 […]

One On One, Aug. 29, 2019: Dr. Donna Hanlin

Wicomico Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Hanlin discusses the upcoming school year, some of the new things students and parents will encounter, and provides an update on the status of her Imagine 2022 strategic plan.

Public schools ready for students’ return next week

When students return to the classroom next week, Wicomico County Public Schools will be ahead of schedule along the path to reaching some strategic goals, according to Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin. Named superintendent in 2016, Hanlin spent her first year taking stock of the system and listening to the community. She held focus groups within […]

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 … […]