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Baltimore prepares to welcome students back to school

Baltimore prepares to welcome students back to school

With 72 hours left before 84,000 Baltimore students poured into the city's schools for the start of the new school year today, all Keith Scroggins could think about was weeds creeping through cracks in sidewalks.

"We just can't have that, it's just very unsightly," he said as he visited schools throughout the district Friday.

To the average person, weedy sidewalks might seem like a trivial fixation. Not so for the chief operating officer of Maryland's fourth-largest school system whose large portfolio includes all district facilities. To Scroggins, weeds signal carelessness, a lack of attention to detail — not the message he wanted to send on the first day of...

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