Monday, May 13, 2013
Barbara P. Canavan has been working for the school system for decades.
Three months after announcing that Superintendent Robert Tomback was leaving the school system, the Harford County Board of Education has named his temporary successor. On May 13, Harford County Public Schools issued a statement revealing that the school board has selected Barbara Canavan as the interim superintendent. Canavan will serve a one-year term as interim superintendent from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. “Mrs. Canavan is celebrating 40 years of dedicated service and commitment to the students and staff of Harford County Public Schools as a teacher, administrator and executive director,” Harford County Board of Education President Rick Grambo said in the statement. Canavan has been the executive director of middle school …
Monday, May 6, 2013
School officials and police determined there was no threat and the lockdown was lifted.
Harford Technical High School was placed on lock down Monday morning after a person followed a student into the building. School officials soon learned there was no real threat, however. Lock down protocol was immediately put in place after staff buzzed in the student and the person who followed did not report to the office, according to Teri Kranefeld, manager of communication with the school system. The Harford County Sheriff's Officeinvestigated and soon learned the person who walked in with the student was an employee at the school, Kranefeld wrote in an email to Patch. The lock down had been lifted as of 10:30 a.m. and students and staff were carrying on with the typical school day. "The student and staff should be commended for their…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Patch shares a recent Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference standings update.
The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference released updated standings Tuesday morning. The Aberdeen boys lacrosse team remained in the hunt for the Susquehanna Division title as of Tuesday morning. The standings are shown, in full, in the slideshow with this post. The standings are posted by division, in alphabetical order, as provided by the conference. Did you know? You can write about your own team and post your own photos & videos! Skip the middle man altogther and join our Local Voices by clicking here. Conference championship dates and locations have also been announced: — Report scores & suggest story ideas—email Aberdeen@patch.com Follow & tweet pics or results to @AberdeenMDPatch & @HarfordCoPatch
Monday, April 29, 2013
The unpaid position will help the Board of Education with oversight on financial reporting.
The Harford County Public School System is looking for a local resident with financial management experience to fill an open seat on the system's audit committee, school officials announced Monday. The five-member committee meets at least quarterly and helps the Board with financial oversight, serving as an independent monitor on school system financial reporting, according to the release. Members are not compensated and are appointed to serve up to two three-year terms. Any interested county resident is asked to send a letter and biographical sketch to internal auditor Jennifer Birkelien, Harford County Public Schools, 102 South Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, Maryland 21014, by May 31, 2013. Officials ask that the letter include the applicant's…
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Harford County Education Association President Ryan Burbey wrote a letter to the editor in response to Harford County County Executive David Craig's proposed budget.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The state superintendent approved Tuesday a waiver request from Harford County Public Schools to close three days early: on June 11 rather than June 14.
Summer vacation will start three days early for students attending Harford County Public Schools. The school system announced Tuesday that State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery approved a three-day waiver request, enabling schools to close on June 11, rather than June 14, after a series of inclement weather closings during the 2012-2013 school year. Harford County Public Schools closed for six days this school year—three of them for Hurricane Sandy and three more for inclement weather. In response, the school system opted to remain open April 3—which was previously scheduled for spring break—as well as April 29 and 30—originally teacher professional development days. According to a release from the school system, the waiver …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Read minutes from the April 8 school board meeting.
When the Harford County Board of Education met Monday night, it talked about energy efficiency in schools and approved three policies. Below is the content of the "In the Loop" newsletter from Harford County Public Schools detailing what happened at the April 8 school board meeting: The next Board of Education business meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Several Harford County schools served food that may have been contaminated with E. coli earlier this week.
A Harford County administrator said that students who ate pepperoni pizzatas at 15 area schools may have stomach troubles, after the product was recalled due to possible E. coli contamination. "...our Food and Nutrition Office was notified late yesterday evening that pepperoni pizzatas, a food item served in the cafeterias ... have been voluntarily recalled by the product manufacturer for potential E. coli contamination," Teri Kranefeld, spokeswoman for Harford County Public Schools, said in an announcement Thursday night. Farm Rich, the manufacturer of the frozen pizzas, has recalled more than 10 million pounds of its frozen food products due to potential E. coli contamination, the Food and Drug Administration reported Thursday. As of …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Schools were initially going to get a late start, but are now closed.
UPDATED (6:55 a.m.)—Harford County Public Schools will be closed Monday, as the area is covered with a heavy, wet snow. Officialls initially announced that schools would open two hours late, but later closed schools entirely. Employees are to follow Code Blue. Baltimore County Schools and Cecil County Schools also are closed. Stay with Patch for updates. — Follow HarfordCoPatch on Twitter for breaking news.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The PARCC Assessment, part of the rigorous Common Core curriculum, is a series of computer-based tests for students in third grade through 11th grade.
Students will be tested for up to 10 hours under the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers exams, which locally replace the Maryland School Assessment. In a layout of the PARCC Assessment released Wednesday, third-grade students would be tested for eight hours and 11th grade students for nearly 10 hours. Every grade level in between will also participate. The computerized tests are part of the rigorous national Common Core State Standards curriculum. The performance-based component would run over five sessions—two for mathematics and three for English language arts/literacy, and the end of the year portion that would require four sessions—two for mathematics and two for English language arts/literacy. The …