WBAL’s Amara privately questioned Howard County Council, education board on school integration bill

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As a reporter for WBAL-TV, Kate Amara has covered murder trials, natural disasters, local government and protests, to name a few topics.

Since the spring, that has included at least four instances reporting on the goings-on in Howard County, topics that included the groundbreaking of a new court house, County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposals for mitigating floods in Ellicott City and a spate of tire and rim thefts police were investigating.

But in a Sept. 5 email sent to all the members of the Howard County Council and the Howard County Board of Education, she raised questions about a resolution calling on the school boundaries to be redrawn so the district is truly integrated–not as a reporter, she said, but as a resident and mother.

Baltimore School for the Arts students to play more than 40 pop-up concerts Friday

Photo courtesy of Baltimore School for the Arts

In honor of the city that’s supported it for four decades, the Baltimore School for the Arts is sending students out across the city for a series of pop-up shows tomorrow.



Park School 2019 Admission Events

Park School of Baltimore | Tours with Principals:
Friday, October 4
 | 8:45–10:30 AM

Prospective parents are invited to attend a fall tour with Park’s Lower, Middle, and Upper School Principals on Friday, October 4 from 8:45–10:30 a.m. Meet Park’s Head of School and Lower, Middle, and Upper School Principals. Take a guided tour of our academic settings and get a glimpse of Park’s educational philosophy in action. (Note: Reservations are required.) LEARN MORE.

Park School of Baltimore | Lower School “Hands-on, Minds-on” Open House
(Pre-K – Grade 5):
Saturday, October 5 | 10–11:30 AM

AC-less public schools in Baltimore City again dismissing early

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

For the third time in as many weeks, dozens of city schools without air conditioning are letting out early today due to the hot weather.

Two contractors, student injured following explosion at McDonogh School

Photo via Baltimore County Fire Department/Twitter

Two contractors and a child were injured at Owings Mills’ McDonogh School after an explosion in the school’s boiler room that partially collapsed a smokestack, school officials said this morning.

A statement released by the school around noon said the student “sustained a minor injury,” and was released from a local hospital after an evaluation.

Two outside contractors also suffered minor injuries, and one was transported to a hospital for an evaluation, the school said.

The note said “all students, faculty, and staff are safe.” School dismissed early at 11 a.m. after the incident, and all afternoon activities there are cancelled.

The blast caused the top of a smokestack connected to the boiler room to crumble, sending bricks falling to the ground. The smoke tower sits adjacent to the Allan Building, and school officials said the area “has been cordoned off.”

Fire department crews were at the campus investigating Wednesday morning, including a collapse team evaluating the stability of the tower. Officials asked drivers to avoid McDonogh Road while teams were responding.

Units were dispatched to the private school just after 8:30 a.m. A photo later posted by the department showed the damaged top of the smokestack.

A school spokeswoman reportedly notified parents about 20 minutes later that the explosion had occurred in the boiler room.

Per its website, the Allan Building houses administrative offices, the school’s business office, its technology department, the counseling office, music studios, choral music space, the Upper School’s humanities department and a library. It was built in 1929 and was recently renovated.

The school said it contacted a structural engineer today “to assess the building and ensure that the surrounding area is safe.”

This story has been updated.

The Baltimore Fishbowl 2019-2020 Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools is out


Our fourth annual Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Independent Schools is out.  Check out the digital version above, and learn more about what you will find in the guide in the letter from the editor, Muffy Fenwick, below.

Letter from the Editor

We are excited to introduce the fourth annual Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools. We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to sections highlighting programmatic initiatives, innovative administrators, and impressive student leaders as well as thoughtful stories about issues facing schools today.

Notre Dame Prep Holds 5K Scholarship Run/Walk


Notre Dame Prep Blazer DashNotre Dame Preparatory School will hold its Annual Blazer Dash 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 29, 2019, on its Towson-area campus.  Walk-in registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the run/walk starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Blazer Dash Scholarship Run started in 1997 to benefit the endowed funds at NDP. Memorial and scholarship funds have been established to honor those special to the NDP community. Through the generosity of donors, scholarship grants are made available to deserving Notre Dame students.       

Dr. Jefferson Huang Installed as the Inaugural President of The St. Paul’s Schools


Dr. Jefferson Huang

Brooklandville, MD – On Tuesday, September 10, students, faculty, staff, and trustees of The St. Paul’s Schools gathered in the George L. Mitchell ’44 Stadium for the installation of Dr. Jefferson Huang as the schools’ inaugural president.

This ceremony marked a historic moment for the institutions. With oversight of the St. Paul’s School, St. Paul’s School for Girls, and St. Paul’s Pre and Lower School, Dr. Huang is positioned to ensure that St. Paul’s students of all ages continue to learn in a small-school setting while enjoying the opportunities provided by a large, interconnected campus. Working with the heads to make sure each school retains its own distinctive culture and gender-appropriate programs, Dr. Huang will streamline the schools’ administrative functions, serve as an external ambassador, and guide the faculty and staff to continually elevate the quality and continuity of instruction on the campus.

Olszewski says there’s money in budget to plan new Towson, Dulaney high schools

Dulaney High School. Photo by James G. Howes, via Wikimedia Commons.

While actual construction remains unfunded, Baltimore County’s top elected official today announced there’s money in the fiscal 2020 budget to plan and design replacement buildings for Towson High and Dulaney High.

Hopkins unveils preliminary plans for Agora Institute

A rendering of the proposed design for Johns Hopkins University’s Agora Institute.

Johns Hopkins students will be able to have coffee in “The Factory” and listen to open-air concerts beneath the “Conversation Cube” when they visit the next major building on the Homewood campus.

Those are nicknames for parts of the planned Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute, an interdisciplinary center targeted for completion in 2022.