QA schools to begin in-person learning Feb. 16
— Queen Anne’s County Public will begin to implement a hybrid schedule beginning Feb. 16. Students will rotate on an A/B day schedule with a virtual learning day on Wednesday each week. School-based staff, bus drivers, custodians, food service employees, and central office staff are working to ensure that all school facilities are ready for the return of students, Superintendent Andrea Kane said following the board’s decision, Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Principals will be contacting families with details about schedules and transportation next week. All instructional staff are expected to return to school buildings by Feb. 11, 2021. QACPS will continue to honor approved Family Accommodation Plans (FAP) for employees, through February 12, Kane said in a letter to parents and stakeholders, “Every effort is being made to ensure that students and employees are safe in QACPS facilities and resources are used efficiently to meet the needs of students and employees. As always, thank you for your efforts to stay healthy and for doing your part to protect the safety of students, employees, and our community.”
Staffing is still a concern, according to Human Resource Director Vanessa Bass, who continues to work with principals to fill vacancies in teaching positions, as well as, acquire substitutes for classes that will be taught virtually when students are in school. Those community members who are able to support daily instruction to accelerate student achievement would be greatly appreciated, Bass said, “We are fully aware that many of you have the compassion, dedication, and a multitude of talents that will benefit students as they return to the hybrid instructional model. Our system stands ready to welcome students back.”
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the Substitute Teacher job posting #265 located @ https:// www.applitrack.com/qacps/onlineapp/. You will receive an email if your credentials meet the minimum requirements (48 college credits or passing of the Parapro Assessment; highly familiar with Technology) and will be invited to complete processing with the Human Resources Department.
Additional qualifications include the ability to report to the buildings, be highly familiar with technology, and able to assist in the day to day delivery of instruction. Employment offers are also incumbent upon the completion of a successful background check and pre-employment urinalysis.
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The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners have been asked to establish a county housing authority. A contingent of 16 people concerned in various ways with housing in the county appeared before the commissioners to talk about the possibility of establishing a house authority.
They asked the commissioners if they could give the group an answer about the establishment of a housing authority at the end of two weeks, and the commissioners said no. They want time to talk with officials of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before they make a commitment.
Statistics from the county Department of Social Services show that there are 72 households in the county where elderly people receive welfare assistance. There are 78 households receiving aid to dependent children.
Governor Marvin Mandel has proclaimed the week of February 14 “Drug Abuse Week” and several local organizations in Queen Anne’s County are co-sponsoring a symposium on the subject and the Queen Anne’s County Jaycees and the Young Women’s Club of Centreville are planning a special program on drug abuse.
The program will be presented next Tuesday, February 16 at the Queen Anne’s County High School auditorium and all members of the community are invited to attend.
Cpl. R.E. Williams of the Centreville post of the Maryland State Police will be the guest speaker. A panel of ex-addicts from the recently-organized New Hope Jaycees will discuss drug problems and drug rehabilitation.
Grasonville Volunteer Firemen are seeking additional funds to help finance an addition to the kitchen of their firehouse. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the addition were held on May 10, 1970. Since then, the block work has been completed and firemen have been working on the roof and upper structure of the addition in their spare time.
The building is 33 feet long and 28 feet wide. The upper portion of the addition is an enclosure for a 3,500-gallon water tank. Last summer, the Grasonville firefighters made a house-to-house canvas asking for donations for the addition, but they say funds are still needed.
The Ladies Auxiliary has been holding special fundraising events to help finish the kitchen.
A 36-foot pleasure boat was destroyed by fire at the Cedar Point Marina near Grasonville Sunday morning, February 7. No one was on board the boat and no one was injured in the fire.
Firemen from the Grasonville and Kent Island volunteer fire departments fought the fire and kept it from spreading to nearby boats. The Colonial boat was owned by William Brown of Shadyside. The loss was estimated at $15,000.
The overflowing Susquehanna River was strewing the Chesapeake Bay with debris the last week of January
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and pouring in a record setting amount of fresh water that could upset its delicate balance. Branches, tires, and hunks of piers poured into the Bay from the Susquehanna as well as swelling the Potomac and Patuxent rivers.
Watermen are hoping for a few days with a wind out of the north to sweep the debris away. Waterfront homeowners are hoping the debris washing up on their lawns will float somewhere else. “Who is going to clean up this mess?” asked Maureen Brewer of Stevensville, who has telephone poles and parts of piers along her bayfront property.
Queen Anne’s County Administrator Robert Sallitt said he sympathizes with Brewer since he has tires, poles, boards, and deck planking washed ashore at his Chester River home. •••
Flood victims’ call for help was answered by a Stevensville couple who packed their bags and headed for Port Deposit. As chairman of the Queen Anne’s County Chapter of the Red Cross, Wanda Hogan, along with husband Robert, spent three days last week helping Cecil County Red Cross volunteers by interviewing flood victims, finding out their needs, and fulfilling them.
Town residents live along the shore of the Susquehanna River downstream from the Conowingo Dam. A massive ice jam developed between the first and second of four dams near Safe Harbor and it broke loose on January 20 releasing an eight-foot wall of water that roared over Conowingo Dam.
To save the Conowingo Dam, officials opened flood gates at 5:22 that afternoon. “The residents said they had 20 minutes to get out,” Hogan said.
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Centreville has found a new town manager in an old friend. Terry Adams, who was hired as water and wastewater superintendent in the fall of 1993, knew he wanted to work for Centreville until he retired, but the idea of retiring as manager of the town came as a “big shock.”
Centreville has been without a town manager since May and during the interim, Adams shared “acting manager” duties with long-time town clerk Doris Payne. At the opening of Thursday’s town council meeting, President Sara Jane Davidson announced that “the council came to the conclusion that it would be in the best interests of the town” to offer Adams the position. “He’s done an excellent job and we’ve been very satisfied with his work,” Davidson said.
His background in water and wastewater issues has also been a boon as the town takes on the daunting task of upgrading the system. While Adams admits that managing a town the size of Centreville will be “a good challenge,” his years pinchhitting for the town of Secretary have given him valuable experience with budgets and other municipal affairs. “They didn’t have a town manager— I did everything,” Adams said.
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Three local funeral home operators have joined forces to create a new professional association, reaching across Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Talbot counties. The new entity will be known as Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home. The combined business has locations in Easton, Centreville, Queenstown, Chester, Rock Hall, Chestertown, Church Hill, Millington, and Cecilton.
The operation’s headquarters are presently in Chester, but they will be moved elsewhere in Queen Anne’s County, said Mike Newnam, president of the new association.
The motivation for the deal, in the works for 15 months, was creating economies of scale, Newnam said. “We want to get better use of our personnel and equipment,” he said. “This is a trend you’re seeing in our industry.” The three companies have more than 200 years combined experience in the funeral home industry.