Howard County Superintendent Michael Martirano introduced a nearly $1 billion operating budget proposal Tuesday night, calling it his “road map” for the next four years and also announced the looming health care fund deficit has shrunk to $27 million.
Maryland's Howard County — a swing jurisdiction that’s had two Democrats and two Republicans as county executives since 1990 — often mirrors the sentiment of the state as a whole, and political observers are watching the Allan Kittleman-Calvin Ball race for signs of trends.
The lawsuit is the latest salvo in the long-running feud that pit Foose and her allies against school board members elected to bring change. Board members have said the latest allegations amount to a smear campaign.
The mission statement of the Howard County school board is to “to provide leadership for excellence in teaching and learning by fostering a climate for deliberative change through policy and community engagement.” But instead, members are acting like the children they’re supposed to educate.
With a nearly wide open race for Howard County Council, 16 candidates now vie for the seats. The council will be almost entirely vacated in December, as four of five members have reached their three-term limit.
In the final State of the County speech of his first term, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman applauded the “awesome” achievements of the county in the past year, as well as announced new initiatives by his administration to combat the opioid crisis.
Howard County Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano made it clear when he unveiled his fiscal 2019 operating budget that his top priority was to bring down the school system’s $22.2 million, and growing, deficit.
As the teacher's union's new president, Colleen Morris says the Howard County Education Association will restore its relationship with the Howard County Public School System with support from the Board of Education and interim superintendent.
Howard County schools interim superintendent Michael Martirano emphasized the need for transparency in order to increase residents' trust in the school system at a press conference Friday to discuss the school system's new Maryland Public Information Act request website.
Martirano, who replaced embattled superintendent Renee Foose the first week in May, began last month to put his imprint on the administration with decisive moves to address previous violations of the Maryland Public Information Act and comprehensively restructure staffing.
The acting superintendent for Howard County schools is vowing to reform the way the system handles requests for public information — a source of complaints during the previous administration that last year prompted a state ombudsman's audit.
Despite entering its third year of "not fully funding" the Board of Education's budget request, according to District 4 Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty this year's "modest increase in revenue" allowed the council to appropriate more funding in other areas.
Maryland's Board of Public Works released $9.6 million in school construction funding for Howard County schools Tuesday. The board withheld the funds in January due to dissatisfaction with answers from school officials about their handling of mold remediation in school buildings.
The Howard County school board has agreed to pay its new acting superintendent a prorated salary equal to $270,000 a year at least through June. The board also agreed Thursday to reimburse Michael Martirano up to $120 a day for temporary housing, give him an $800 monthly car allowance, and pay reasonable expenses for his computer and cellphone, according to the contract.
In a rapid series of events that unfolded Tuesday, Renee Foose announced her retirement after five years on the job, effective immediately. Following a closed-door meeting, the school board announced it has hired an interim replacement. Former Howard County educator Michael J. Martirano, recently the state schools chief in West Virginia, was named acting superintendent.
Calls for the resignation of Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee Foose resurfaced Monday evening as around 40 people stood outside the county government's rain-washed headquarters in Ellicott City before a hearing on the school budget.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman's budget for the school system includes $572 million in county funding -- $54 million less than the school board's record-high request, which far outpaces expected the county's expected revenue growth this year.