Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Board of Education will be asking the county commissioners for a one percent funding increase over last year.
The Carroll County Board of Education adopted the Superintendent's proposed budget Wednesday, much to the chagrin of Commissioner Doug Howard, who said the county just doesn't have the money to fund at the requested level. The school board will be asking the county commissioners to increase funding of Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) by $1.7 million, or one percent above last year's funding level. The board of education will ask the commissioners for total funding of $166.6 million. CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie explained that the the school system has made $20 million in reductions in the past five years and cut 155 positions system-wide. The FY14 budget again includes reductions--20 custodial staff positions and four central …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Dozens of local scholarships are available through funds managed by the Community Foundation of Carroll County.
Dozens of local scholarship funds are available for Carroll County high school students through the Community Foundation of Carroll County. Scholarships based on college major, athletics, academics, and character among other things, are available. Deadlines vary depending on the scholarship fund. Some of the more than 70 funds available include: The Gretchen Brandt Character Award was established to honor and pay tribute to Gretchen, a student athlete, who was a member of the Class of 2006 at Century High School. Her life was cut short, but her character remains in the halls of Century. The recipient of this award will be someone with the same values, morals, and dedication to life. Teachers and coaches will nominate deserving, college-…
Friday, January 4, 2013
Carroll County will receive more than $440,000 to complete upgrades and additions at four parks.
Carroll County will receive $440,685 for recreational projects through the state-funded Program Open Space. The funding, which is also being awarded to Allegany, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, St. Mary's and Washington counties and Baltimore City, will be used for necessary upgrades and additions, according to a Department of Natural Resources news release. Carroll County will receive: "I am grateful that the creation and maintenance of quality recreational projects is a priority here in Maryland, ensuring that we all have a nearby outdoor area available to unwind, let loose and connect with our natural world," said Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown in a statement. To learn more about Program Open Space funding, click here.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to give the Board of Education $650,000 to complete security projects.
The Board of County Commissioners has voted to give the Board of Education (BOE) additional funding to accelerate existing school access security projects. In an email to parents earlier this week, School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie said that the school system has been adding controlled entry access to county schools over the past several years. Following the school schooting in Connecticut last week, the Board of Education asked the commissioners for additional funding to accelerate these projects in order to complete controlled entry point projects at all schools more quickly. According to a county government news release, the board of education requested $300,000 to complete projects in the schools deemed to have the highest need for…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Guthrie said the school system may again be facing drastic cuts budget in FY 2014.
Carroll County School Superintendent Stephen Guthrie recently sent a message to parents with an update on next year's budget and "possible consequences to our school system." The Board of Education held its annual budget work session on Dec. 5. At that meeting Guthrie expressed concern about next year's possible revenue and presented some options to address likely budget shortfalls. In his message to parents, Guthrie wrote "there is a strong possibility that we will again have to reduce spending by millions of dollars". Guthrie said that county Maintenance of Effort funding (the minimum funding required by the state) and reduced state funding coupled with increasing costs to run the school system could mean $9 million in funding cuts to…
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Board members had to consider some difficult decisions at Wednesday evening's meeting.
1. Citizen Comments on the Transportation Efficiency Plan A couple dozen people showed up to address the board about a proposed Transportation Efficiency Plan, which aims to reduce the FY13 budget by an estimated $1.2 million. Under the plan, school start and end times would change for most schools--drastically for some schools--and up to 40 buses could be removed from operation. Kelly Nelson, chair of the Community Advisory Council, asked the board to work closely with parents if they choose to change the bus times so that parents understand not only why the changes are being made, but also how they will be implemented. Diane Brody, president of the Carroll County School Bus Contractors Association, said that she is concerned about the …