Ocean City Today

Board of Education Briefs 03/23/2018

By Kara Hallissey | Mar 22, 2018

(March 23, 2018) The Worcester County Board of Education discussed the following items during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 20:

Worcester Tech honor

Worcester Technical High School was recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for its programs in engineering and biomedical science.

“This school year, 135 students are enrolled in engineering courses and 106 students are enrolled in biomed courses at Worcester Tech,” Principal Caroline Bloxom reported in a news release. “Besides having dynamic students from Stephen Decatur, Snow Hill, and Pocomoke High Schools in these programs, their teachers, Valerie Zienty, Aarti Sangwan, Bill Severn, Silviya Gallo, Joe Miller, and Rick Stephens are extremely talented and dedicated.”

To be eligible for the honor, Worcester Technical High School had to offer at least three Project Lead The Way courses and have 25 percent of students or more participate in these courses, or of those who participated, at least 33 percent had to take two or more Project Lead The Way classes.

In addition, at least 70 percent of students had to earn a proficient or higher on Project Lead The Way end-of-course assessments, or 10 percent of students must earn advanced placement and Project Lead The Way student achievement.

In the fall of 2019, a Project Lead The Way computer science course will be added to the curriculum.

“We are proud to announce that the Project Lead The Way computer science program will be offered next year, making Worcester Tech one of few schools in Maryland who will offer all three Project Lead The Way programs of study,” Bloxom said.

Distinguished school recognition is given to schools who are committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their Project Lead The Way programs.

“The level of instruction and quality of young people in Worcester County is second to none,” Superintendent Lou Taylor said.

Calendar modification

Bad weather forced the Worcester County Public School system to close four times this year, one more day beyond the three closings allowed for its operations calendar.

To comply with the state’s 180-day requirement, board members approved changing Monday, April 9, from a full professional day for teachers to a half-day for students and staff at the meeting.

Half-days are considered full-days for the purpose of satisfying the 180-day requirement and the afternoon will allow for professional-day activities and duties for staff on April 9.

The last day of school is scheduled for June 15.

New board members

It was announced during the meeting that Bill Buchanan is running unopposed for Doug Dryden’s seat on the school board, and Todd Ferrante is running unopposed for Bob Rothermel’s seat.

Broadband services

School board members approved the purchase of broadband services through a memorandum of understanding with the State of Maryland and the Worcester County Commissioners.

Bus contractor

Because of a retirement, the school board approved a new bus contractor during the meeting.

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