Testing Mandate Confirms Out Of Touch Claims

Testing Mandate Confirms Out Of Touch Claims

Among the many things confirmed over the last year has been education decisions are complicated because there are multiple layers to weigh in nearly all judgments. However, in nearly all cases, keeping convoluted matters as simple as possible should be the guiding force.An example would be there is no debate in-school instruction is superior to… Read more »

Confidence, Industry Norms Key To New Contract

Confidence, Industry Norms Key To New Contract

Worcester County Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor and the Board of Education formalized a second four-year contract this week. The new contract represents a significant increase – about 13% — over his current salary, but a little research shows his new salary of $210,000 effective July 1 is consistent with counterparts in Maryland and across… Read more »

Reducing Park’s Size Wise For Berlin

Reducing Park’s  Size Wise For Berlin

It helps when weighing the future of Berlin’s Heron Park to realize it’s not really a park currently. It’s an industrial site with some green space on the outskirts.Back when Berlin purchased the 60-acre property – for about $2.75 million in 2015 – one of the reasons was to protect the land from being developed… Read more »

In-Fighting Over In-Person Learning Unproductive

In-Fighting Over In-Person Learning Unproductive

There is no productive reason for this ongoing war of words through letters, newspaper columns and press conferences between the governor, the state superintendent of schools and the teachers’ union.The focus needs to be ensuring public schools are as safe as possible while committing to the highest level of in-person instruction as possible. The political… Read more »

Committee Approach On Fire/EMS Issues Wise

Committee Approach On Fire/EMS Issues Wise

Creating a committee to study the complex issues surrounding fire department funding in Worcester County is an appropriate direction.Though they face similar issues, mostly centered around funding, the needs and concerns of the various fire departments in Worcester County vary by their response areas. Forming a committee of commissioners, fire service leaders and county staff… Read more »

Patience Required With Vaccinations

Patience Required  With Vaccinations

The distribution is not happening as fast as anyone would like, but patience is a must when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination process.Within a few hours of an initial announcement being released to the media, Atlantic General Hospital’s 300 vaccination slots for a phase 1B clinic this Saturday were filled and a wait list… Read more »

Bad Timing For Room Tax Hike

Bad Timing For  Room Tax Hike

The Ocean City Mayor and Council could soon deliberate on whether to support a room tax increase, which would then need to go through the Worcester County Commissioners and the Maryland General Assembly. This year is not the time for this consideration.There is too much instability within the economy and unknowns associated with visitor travel… Read more »

An Editor’s Note To Close Out 2020

An Editor’s Note To Close Out 2020

There are two critical components to a free community newspaper – readers and advertisers. Without folks seeking to pick up the product each week and businesses supporting it through their marketing dollars, The Dispatch would not exist.No year in our history, dating back to 1984, was more trying than 2020 for a variety of factors,… Read more »

Carrying Hope As We Enter 2021

Carrying Hope As We Enter 2021

We can officially look beyond 2020 next week, and there are a few reasons for optimism to start 2021.It’s customary to start a new year with hope and cheer for what lies ahead. Perhaps no year will start with higher expectations than 2021 because this year was one of unprecedented struggle and angst for a… Read more »