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To Per­ryville Mid­dle School’s Mak­erspace. Best de­scribed as a cross be­tween the do-it-your­self move­ment and the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal trends, Mak­erspaces have re­cently be­gun crop­ping up all over the coun­try. Ce­cil County got its first Mak­erspace last spring when one opened at Rudy Park in Elk­ton, but the Per­ryville space is the first at a county school. At PVMS, the counters on the side of the class­room are lined with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing Sphero ro­bots, two 3-D print­ers, pod­cast­ing equip­ment and a green screen, most of which is funded through pri­vate grants and do­na­tions. More than 50 stu­dents have im­mersed them­selves in the Mak­erspace’s of­fer­ings to tackle the basics of tech­nol­ogy, which will open a myr­iad of ca­reer path­ways in the fu­ture. “This is what tech ed­u­ca­tion should be,” said Scott Del­losso, the teacher who has led the charge on the Mak­erspace. “It should be about what the tech­nol­ogy is go­ing to be in 20 or 30 years.” We whole­heart­edly agree and en­dorse the progress made here.

To the early Christ­mas present to Ce­cil County from Maryland Comptroller Peter Fran­chot’s of­fice. His of­fice ac­ci­den­tally mis­di­rected $21.4 mil­lion of lo­cal in­come tax pay­ments be­tween 2010 and 2014, re­sult­ing in over­pay­ments to some ju­ris­dic­tions and un­der­pay­ments to oth­ers. The news for Ce­cil County? We’ll be re­ceiv­ing about $600,000 back, although county of­fi­cials cau­tioned that it rep­re­sents only about 1 per­cent of the county’s $55.8 mil­lion in in­come tax rev­enue col­lected in 2016. Fran­chot told a panel of law­mak­ers last month that a re­cent au­dit re­vealed the mis­take. He said the er­ro­neous dis­tri­bu­tions re­sulted from fail­ures to en­sure that ev­ery sin­gle tax re­turn went through a geocod­ing process with ap­pro­pri­ate soft­ware that as­signs it to the cor­rect ju­ris­dic­tions. The good news is that his of­fice has in­sti­tuted tech­no­log­i­cal and pro­ce­dural up­grades to en­sure that all tax re­turns will be ad­e­quately geocoded in the fu­ture and it will also con­duct au­dits of these pro­ce­dures and sys­tems ev­ery two years.

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