OK, so I know it's not January, nor is January even close. But for me, this time of year-- around when school starts-- this time of year always feels like the start of a new year. And so, to one and all-- HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And where are we at the start of a new year?
First off, good luck to all students, teachers, staff, and administrators as the Howard County Public School System kicks off a new year. Come Monday the Intertubes are going to be all full of smiling faces experiencing the first day of school.
But the HCPSS has tried it's darnedest to get teachers angry and afraid. As come reports that teachers have been shorted in their first paychecks of the school year, some by hundreds of dollars? Why did this payroll snafu happen? To be honest with you, not really sure, although I have heard several things and I would love it if someone would comment on this post as to what happened. But, that it happened doesn't seem to make any sense. Why weren't staff paid for a proper pay period, like anyone else? This seems to be very questionable and if it happened in the private sector, payroll heads would, well, no pun intended..... roll.
But this teacher, Cortney Jordan, won't be starting the school year at her school. Because she'll be representing the United States in swimming at the Rio Paralympics! Good for her, and I wish this already much-decorated athlete success in bringing home the gold!
More great news comes from Ellicott City, where some of the shops are reopening on the weekend at Turf Valley Conference Center. And, also this week, The Wine Bin and The Judge's Bench reopened for business. This is far from a complete recovery but it's something and we should be grateful for this progress.
Fourth, and last, thing I have today. Symphony of Lights is getting ready to rain snowflakes and gumdrops upon us all in less than two short months! And it promises to return bigger, better, and more energy-efficient than ever! Complete with a competition where you can win prizes if YOUR hermit crab is dressed in the most festive holiday garb!
Well, that last part I made up. But not the rest of it! And you can read more about it here.
This is promising to be a big week coming in for the land of milk and honey, so watch this space for more wacky goings-on! And don't forget that the HCPSS Budget Audit Committee meeting this coming Tuesday, 6:30pm, Banneker Room, George Howard Building.
Let's be careful out there.
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