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…
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.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The lockdown in the Bel Air area was standard procedure, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
After a Churchville Road gas station was held up Friday morning, three schools in the vicinity went into lockdown, Cristie Kahler of the Harford County Sheriff's Office said. According to the sheriff's office, a man with a bandanna over his face brought a handgun into the Xtra Mart on MD Route 22 and left with an undisclosed amount of cash around 8:05 a.m. The lockdown was "standard operating procedure" to ensure that students were safely inside Harford Technical High School, John Archer School and Prospect Mill Elementary School, Kahler said. The schools are within one mile of where the robbery was reported. "Whenever there's been an armed robbery...it's a normal safety precaution," Kahler said. The suspect in the robbery remained at …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The school system said its cancellation of trips to Washington, New York and Aberdeen was precautionary.
Many Harford County students scheduled for field trips Tuesday stayed at school instead, as a precautionary measure after Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. Fourth graders from Forest Lakes were bound for Washington, D.C.; the eighth grade at Bel Air Middle School was scheduled to visit Aberdeen Proving Ground; and Harford Technical High students planned to travel to New York. All three of those trips were cancelled, Teri Kranefeld, Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman, told Patch Tuesday. "The cancellation of these activities is precautionary as the details regarding the Boston Marathon incident are still under investigation," the school system posted on its website. On April 15, three people were killed and more than 100 …
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 …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Kristin Schaub was named Harford County Teacher of the Year during a banquet Wednesday evening in Havre de Grace.
For Kristin Schaub, Harford County Public Schools both inspired and fullfilled her career path. Schaub was named Harford County Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year during a banquet at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace Wednesday. The fifth grade Havre de Grace Elementary School teacher entered the Harford County school system as a special education student when she was a young girl, she said during her acceptance speech. She ultimately graduated high school ranked tenth in her class. She attributes her scholastic success to her teachers—the very same teachers who inspired her profession. Today, Schaub strives to have the same kind of impact on her own students' lives. At least one of her students feels Schaub has …