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.