Wicomico

Worcester County students did well on the Maryland School Assessment tests scoring above state averages in reading and math.

Jerry Wilson superintendent of the County school system said that the students in 2012 did better than last year.

In Wicomico County school system officials said there were some successes for their students.

They improved in their proficiency in math for grades five, six and eight.

But the percentage of students scoring proficient in reading declined in every grade except fourth.

 

The Wicomico County Council is set to take up the 2013 fiscal year budget on Tuesday night after a two week delay.

Among the cuts the County  liability for pensions that should produce a $767,000 savings.

The County Executive was given a delay in presenting the budget to assess the impact of the state’s budget problems.   

 

            Extreme drought conditions have led Lower Shore Counties to impose burn bans.

            Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt says he expects to seek an indefinite extension of the seven day ban already in place.

            Meanwhile, Somerset, Worcester and Dorchester Counties have also imposed burn bans.

            Worcester County Fire Marshall Jeff McMahon…said that the ban should do a lot to reduce the number of out-of-control outside fires.

 

           A potential $14.4 million hit to the Wicomico County budget may be reduced to $6.7 million with a new amendment.

            Legislation in Annapolis was set to increase the Maintenance of Effort spending requirement for education for the County from $36.4 million to $50.8 million.

            That local officials said would have required the county to either dramatically increase taxes or sharply cut core services. 

 

        The criminal charge against a former Wicomico County state's attorney Davis Ruark was placed on the inactive docket during a District Court hearing this morning.

        The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ruark was taken into custody by Salisbury police officers in October  after a former girlfriend alleged he violated the civil peace order filed against him.

         But a Frederick County assistant state's attorney who is prosecuting the case asked the court to amend the charge to failure to comply with a peace order.

 

            Superintendent John Fredericksen will serve another term to head up the Wicomico County public school system.

            But the vote by the school board was not unanimous.

            Members Carolyn Elmore and Don Fitzgerald opposed a second term.

            And several parents, who showed up at the board meeting, also spoke out against him complaining about the meeting being held at night with Fredericksen in the room.

            Board President Ron Willey said members had received many emails both for and against the reappointment.

 

 

 

 

            An environmental group says plans by Worcester and Wicomico Counties to improve water quality do not go far enough.

            The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that Maryland counties submit a draft of their Water Implementation Plan as part of the federal “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay.

            The Choose Clean Water Coalition called Worcester County’s plans “skeletal” without a clear strategy for implementing change.

 

     Wicomico County has become a big hit for businesses settling in the local enterprise zones.

     The program rewards employers with property tax breaks in exchange for investment and job growth.

     Program manager Mark Vulcan told the Salisbury Daily Times that the city has seen $25.3 million in new investment with 704 additional jobs.