Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Differences could derail plan to change the fully appointed Baltimore County school board for another year.
An expected amendment to a Senate bill could derail efforts to change how Baltimore County school board members are selected. The county's Senate delegation is expected to vote Wednesday to amend its version of a school board bill from a fully elected board to one that contains both elected and appointed members—the so-called hybrid school board. Currently, the bill, as proposed by Sen. Bobby Zirkin, calls for a fully elected school board made up of nine members. Sen. Zirkin, an Owings Mills Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said Tuesday the amendment creates a partially elected school board with one member elected from each of the county's current council districts. The board would also include up to four other members appointed at …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Public safety, rezoning, legislative summer recap and Hurricane Irene are all topics to be discussed this evening at the Cockeysville Library.
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- Nick DiMarco
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Greater Timonium Community Council will resume its monthly meetings tonight after a two-month hiatus. Hot topics on tonight's agenda include the effects of Hurricane Irene, a recap of legislative activity over the summer, the public safety report, and a what-to-expect timeline of rezoning. Here is the breakdown: - Introductions - Treasurer's and Membership Report - Public Safety Report from Precinct 7. (Remember you can always check out weekly Crime Log for updates of major incidents reported from around town.) - Comprehensive Rezoning Process: A timeline and what to expect. (We'll be sure to update our audience on this in the morning.) - What You May Have Missed Over the Summer: (Rule 1300 has been heavily opposed by vocal …
Monday, September 12, 2011
At a meeting last week, a task force rejected proposals for an elected or partially-elected school board.
A Baltimore County task force voted last week against considering an elected or hybrid school board. The vote on the motion by former County Executive Jim Smith drew swift condemnation from some parents and some elected officials. But we want to know what you think. Vote on our poll and tell us your ideas in the comments.
Proponents vow to undo the vote. The task force will not produce report by the Oct. 1 deadline.
A task force reviewing how Baltimore County school board members are selected will not recommend a move to an elected or partially elected board. Six commission members approved a series of deft motions offered by former County Executive Jim Smith. The first motion eliminated any form of elected school board from discussion. A second, offered immediately after the first was approved, refocused the task force's attention on modifying the current system, which requires the governor to appoint members. The governor currently gets recommendations on county school board appointments from the county executive. "We haven't had the input that justifies [an elected school board]," Smith said, adding that momentum was needed for the group to meet an…
Thursday, July 7, 2011
First meeting of task force marked by complaints that Baltimore County school board is unaccountable.
Parents and community leaders Wednesday night urged a panel of current and former elected officials and school board members to make the county school board more accountable by creating a system in which at least some members are elected. "It's hard to work with the school board and feel as a member of the public they will listen," said Mary Molinaro, a former teacher in Baltimore County and in the city who is also president of the Chartley Homeowners Association. Molinaro was one of nearly two dozen residents who attended a public hearing Wednesday night at the public library in Reisterstown. The meeting was held by a commission tasked with examining how school board members are selected. Molinaro, who spoke for herself and not her …