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Board adjusts school boundaries for 2020-21

The Howard County Board of Education voted to revise Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) school attendance areas for the 2020-2021 school year. The decision to adjust school boundaries was prompted by the need to relieve crowded schools, more effectively balance capacity utilization among schools throughout the district, and address inequities in the distribution of […]

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Board takes action to reduce health fund deficit

The Howard County Board of Education has approved a funds transfer to significantly reduce the cumulative deficit in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) employee Health and Dental Fund. Subject to County Council approval, the decision will immediately transfer $15.2 million of the unassigned General Fund balance to reduce the current $39.2 million deficit […]

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USRA receives $25,000 for STEM workforce development

Universities Space Research Association (USRA), based on Columbia, announced a donation of $25,000 from JastinTech-Luxrobo to support the delivery of STEM workforce development programs at USRA’s STEMaction Center. The gift will help ensure USRA’s ability to deliver robotics competitions, conduct 3D printing workshops, host classes to build computers and provide opportunities to launch small-scale experiments […]

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Arundel Board of Ed approves $209.1M capital budget

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent George Arlotto’s recommended $209.1 million fiscal 2021 capital budget request, which contains funding for nine major school projects, including the design of a new west county elementary school and a new Old Mill Middle School South. The board’s request is $43.2 million more than the […]

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HCPSS considers two 2020-21 school calendar proposals

Howard County Board of Education is considering two options for the 2020-2021 academic calendar. Both options, which were presented at the September 19, 2019 Board meeting, reflect recommendations by the Academic Calendar Planning Committee and additional recommendations from Superintendent Michael Martirano. The two proposals are very similar in most respects; the most significant difference regards […]

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Martirano presents capital budgets

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Superintendent Michael Martirano presented his Proposed Capital Budget for school year 2020-21 (fiscal 2021), fiscal 2022-26 Capital Improvement Program and fiscal 2021-30 Long-Range Master Plan during a recent Board of Education meeting. The board has scheduled a public hearing on the fiscal 2021 Capital Budget and fiscal 2022-26 Capital […]

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Ball speaks on school redistricting

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has released the following statement on Howard County Public School System Superintendent Michael Martirano’s proposed school redistricting plan: “I am appreciative of Superintendent Michael Martirano’s intent to address the pressing issue of school overcrowding and I am confident that through respectful dialogue and a transparent, inclusive process, a plan will […]

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Mini Maker Faire set for Columbia

Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire, the second annual celebration of innovation and creativity scheduled, is slated for Sunday, Oct. 13, at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for “makers” to exhibit hobbies, experiments and projects. The Inner Arbor Trust, Downtown Columbia Partnership, Howard […]

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HCC unveils collaborative learning spaces

In time for the fall semester, Howard Community College (HCC) celebrated the reopening of its newly renovated Academic Commons and Howard Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 19. At approximately 107,204 square feet, the two buildings now feature modern classrooms, innovative laboratories, and learning spaces specifically designed with collaboration in mind. “What makes […]