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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Wicomico Superintendent of Schools John Fredericksen has announced he will not seek to renew his four-year contract when it ends next June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Fredericksen announced his decision at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Beaver Run Dealing with Water and Sewage Issue

Sep 26, 2014
Don Rush

The students, staff and faculty have been advised not to drink from the water fountains at Beaver Run Elementary School as it tests for contaminants.

The school has provided water coolers and bottled water.

The news comes after students and faculty began using the regular restrooms following sewage problems that forced them to use portable toilets.

Wicomico County Superintendent John Fredericksen said money has been set aside for connecting the school’s water lines to the city rather than continuing to use a well.

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A Maryland State audit found that the Wicomico County Public School district does not have enough financial accountability.

The findings ranged from salary increases were greater than they should have been costing taxpayers $69-thousand to $169-thousand spent on corporate credit cards at local restaurants.

In addition, it found the district made computational mistakes resulting in $3.2 million more than they should have paid to bus contractors over a 15 year period.  

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Wicomico County officials made their pitch to the Maryland Board of Public works for extra money to build Bennett Middle School.

Wicomico County public schools would like $10.2 million for the fiscal year 2015 for ongoing construction of the facility.

The interagency Committee on School construction has recommended funding only $7.6 million.

Superintendent John Fredericksen told the Board that his number one priority is Bennett Middle School.

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Job cuts are coming to the Wicomico County Public Schools.

Six positions are in jeopardy including a teacher an instructional assistant and professional development coach.

That’s the message for more than 200 parents who signed a friendly petition protesting the proposed budget by Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt.

His spending plan cuts the county contribution to the public schools by over $2 million dollars from the $40 million requested by the Board of Education to $38 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

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The budget cuts that will be coming from the sequester in Washington D. C. this Friday could have a major impact on the Eastern Shore.

$14.4 million would be slashed from primary and secondary education while $9.4 million would be cut from education for children with disabilities.

John Fredericksen, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools…told the Salisbury Daily Times Times, that the school system would be forced to cut staff, classroom supplies and some after-school program hours.

And, that, he added, is all before the end of the year.

$12.5 million worth of bonds were approved by the Wicomico County Council last night for the construction of the new Bennett Middle School.

All but one council member approved the money.

The exception was Council President Joe Holloway who said afterward that he was only allowed to vote to break a tie.

Board of Education President Ron Willey and Superintendent John Fredericksen both made their pitch for the project.

There will be a public hearing by the Wicomico County Council tonight on the plans for a new Bennett Middle School.

But Superintendent John Fredericksen said he was not sure if he will speak.

The hearing is being held to approve $12.5 million in bonds for the construction of the school in the fiscal year 2013.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the county has spent around $8 million to buy the parcel of land in Fruitland.

The planning phase of the project began back in 2008…but was put on hold because of financial concerns.