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By: OCsue on March 7th, 2014
We think that the Maryland state school board’s decision to overhaul its longstanding and severe discipline policies and relax its “zero-tolerance” stance is a good call.
New guidelines are going to allow school administrators to punish, suspend or expel students case-by-case instead of its past “one size fits all” policy.
“This helps to ensure that a consequence reflects the specific infraction rather than a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Worcester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jerry Wilson told Ocean City Today.
When you add the state’s…
By: OCsue on February 28th, 2014
Berlin, our close neighbor to the west, deserves accolades for out-polling many other small towns around the nation to become Budget Travel Magazine’s “Coolest Small Town in America 2014.”
We’re told from Berlin officials that Ocean City used its own social networking to advocate on behalf of its neighbor.
Why shouldn’t it have? In an interview with Kelly Withum, the executive director of Venture Lititz (Pa.), Ocean City Today learned of the impact of winning one of these contests. Lititz is the 2013 Budget Travel coolest small town. Located near Lancaster, the town …
By: OCsue on February 21st, 2014
Worcester County Public Schools will open the 2014-15 school year on September 2, a day after Labor Day.
School Board President Bob Rothermel who got it right, saying, “The reality is, it’s where we live.”
That reality more than justifies Worcester as being the only Maryland county to open after Labor Day. The county was also the last to join the pre-Labor Day school opening date five years ago in 2009.
Whether anyone outside of Ocean City wants to admit it, the resort area is the engine that drives the county’s budgets. OC Mayor Rick Meehan said earlier this month half of the county…
By: OCsue on February 14th, 2014
City Hall’s assertion that government should be run like a business – especially in the case of the Ocean Bowl Skate Park – indicates a misunderstanding of how businesses or governments work.
The point is that the park’s winter hours should be scaled back so its operating costs are more level with its revenues, given that the park loses some $20,000 per year.
Local government has other services that come out in the red, but are justified by providing collective good. The skate park is one of them and should not have to pull its own financial weight.
If the city desires to find functions…
By: OCsue on February 7th, 2014
The reason businesses often locate in West Ocean City instead of in the resort is not all a matter of avoiding municipal taxes.
Another advantage of looking to the west is that businesses don’t have to endure local government’s pot-holed path to approval.
The Ocean City Brewing Company, which this week finally received the Planning Commission’s endorsement, is a good example of what can happen.
Politics and personal interests both played a role in this tortuous process, but the real problem is the legacy created by Ocean City’s pyramidal zoning.
That’s the other major…