Frederick County schools rank first in Maryland achievement report

Frederick News Post
Rachel S. Karas
Frederick County Public Schools scored the highest of any Maryland school district in a state report analyzing educational success. The 2012 Maryland Report Card school progress index released last month gave Frederick County a rating of 1.0558 for its academic achievement, growth, college and career readiness, and reduction of the gap between its highest- and lowest-performing students. A score of 1 or higher means a school district met the index's standards for achievement, according to the index's website. Maryland Report Card data is compiled annually by the state's Department of Education to compare the two most recent calendar years of standardized test results. This is the first year the report has included a school progress index. Stephen Hess, the county's former director of research, development and accountability, said the standing is not something to be taken lightly. Success comes from the hard work of teachers, parents and students and a countywide dedication to progress, he said.

Data shows Frederick teacher salaries among lowest in Maryland

Statistics presented at joint meeting of board of education, commissioners
Margarita Raycheva
For months, Frederick County education officials have been saying the salaries of their teachers fall at the bottom of the scale among Maryland school systems. Now they have brought out the statistics to prove it.

The final chapter?

Shreve suggests shuttering Walkersville library
Frederick News Post
Pete McCarthy and Courtney Pomeroy
Building a new library in Walkersville would put Frederick County on the hook for a $6.1 million tab, and at least one county commissioner is asking whether there is a cheaper alternative. Commissioner Billy Shreve has proposed dropping the new construction and merging the town's Frederick County Public Libraries branch with the Walkersville Middle School library. "My thought is why not just expand the library in the school," Shreve said Thursday. "One of the things we have to look at in these budget times is how we spend taxpayer dollars." The commissioners are reviewing the five-year Capital Improvements Plan -- a document that outlines future construction projects for the county. Building a 15,250-square-foot library does not sound like a priority, Shreve said.