County news in the daily Washington Post, Aug 11-Aug 17
Smith Fails Teacher Survey
A survey of Anne Arundel teachers released by their union shows near-universal disfavor with Superintendent Eric J. Smith in such areas as cooperation and trust. Among the 1,102 teachers answering the survey from the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, only 5 percent agreed that the superintendent "has established a firm trust level" with them.
Desire to Preserve Crownsville
Crownsville State Hospital has been shuttered since July 2004. As sordid as life was at the hospital, particularly for blacks, there is interest in retaining those lonely buildings and preserving the ornate murals painted by Crownsville patients as art therapy. A small group of former Crownsville employees, black leaders and historians is quietly monitoring deliberations over the facility, hoping this emblem of African American toil, artistry and suffering will not fall to the wrecking ball.
Picnickers Hurt by Tree Limb
Six people were injured outside a historic church in Annapolis when a limb broke from a tall tree and fell on them during a picnic, authorities said. The incident occurred at Mount Olive AME Church on Hicks Avenue in the western end of the city and involved a limb that might have been as much as three feet around.
Schools Hurry to Vet Employees
The Anne Arundel County school system is racing to vet employees before the start of school after an auditor's report indicated that hundreds in the system may not have been screened for criminal activity. The report found that 12 percent of personnel files did not contain evidence of a completed background check.