February 10 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its February 10, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Baltimore City A request to enter into a grant agreement for a $5,050,000 grant to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Zoological Society, Inc. to assist in funding the design, construction and equipping of infrastructure improvements for the exhibits and…

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Community Colleges Host First Virtual Student Advocacy Day

Student Advocacy Day draws a virtual crowd of community college students to Annapolis Over 230 students from Maryland’s 16 community colleges came together in Annapolis on Tuesday morning for the 21st Student Advocacy Day, an annual event, hosted by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), organized to connect legislators with community college students in their districts to help inform voting decisions on community college funding and policy. According to a press release: State Senators Mary…

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UPDATED: MD County by County School Reopening Plans

As the 2020-21 school year continues, local Maryland school systems have been actively revising reopening plans due to changes in the COVID-19 pandemic. Conduit Street has the latest. The following information covers each jurisdiction and will be updated as local school boards release their plans to reopen schools. Last updated: February 5, 11:45 a.m. Allegany Allegany County Public Schools Board of Education voted on January 25 for the following schedule for students return to hybrid/in-person learning:…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – February 10, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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School Reopening: The Current Plans, County By County

As the 2020-21 school year continues, local Maryland school systems have been actively revising reopening plans due to changes in the COVID-19 pandemic. Conduit Street has the latest. The following information covers each jurisdiction and will be updated as local school boards release their plans to reopen schools. Last updated: January 29, 12:11 p.m. Allegany Allegany County Public Schools Board of Education voted on January 25 for the following schedule for students return to hybrid/in-person learning:…

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January 27 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its January 27, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Anne Arundel A request to certify matching funds and enter into a grant agreement for a $50,000 grant to the Board of Directors of the United States Lighthouse Society, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, and capital…

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Kent Announces Departments of Tourism and Economic Development Merger
Director Jamie Williams (l) and Tourism Manager Jana Carter (r)
Kent Announces Departments of Tourism and Economic Development Merger

Kent County today announced the newly created Department of Economic and Tourism Development, replacing the previous two separate Departments of Tourism and Economic Development. The new office has been established to provide a comprehensive new support strategy to the Kent County business community and will be the one-stop shop for everything the public need to "start a business, grow a business, build a brand, network, and continue attracting visitors, residents, workers, and new businesses to…

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MACo to State: Don’t Shortchange Community Colleges

Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice and Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Jack Wilson, MACo’s Education Subcommittee Chair and Vice Chair, last week sent a letter to Secretary David Brinkley to fully fund Maryland's community colleges as they continue to pave the way for Marylanders to re-enter the workforce in a post-COVID economy. When the Great Recession hit Maryland’s state budget in 2009, the Cade Funding formula, which was designed to achieve equity in financing public…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – January 27, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Frederick School Budget Seeks $26M Increase, Requesting $6.5M for Academic Recovery

Frederick County School Superintendent Terry Alban on Monday announced her Fiscal Year 2022 recommended budget, which totals more than $701 million. The FY 22 request tops last year's by $26 million. Last year's approved operating budget for Frederick County Public School System totaled $674 million. From the Frederick News-Post: “The FY22 budget was built to move our system forward. It was designed to enable us to recover, reconnect and reinvent. Recovery is the first step…

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