St. Joseph School Named Top Workplace by Sun

The East County Times reported that St. Joseph School in Fullerton was named by the Baltimore Sun as one of the 2017 Top Workplaces in the area. This was a pleasant surprise because I do not think a local private school would be considered for a list such by the Baltimore Sun.

According the release, employees at the school filled out a survey that was conducted by Energage LLD., a research firm. Apparently, St. Joseph’s employees must enjoy their school and gave high remarks.

There was no quote from school officials or employees (just a geneatic quote from Energage’s CEO) but I’m sure the St. Joes administration is happy with this news. I’m sure even parents of St. Joes students are pleased too. If you have happy teachers it usually results in happier students too.



Honeygo Run or Honeygo Elementary?

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced back in October, that the public can submit name ideas for the new northeast elementary school in Perry Hall.

The new northeast elementary school will have the word “Honeygo” in its name.

After 1,871 name submissions were sent in from the public, the name nominating contest has been closed and now BCPS is down to two names: Honeygo Elementary and Honeygo Run Elementary.

The public is invited to vote online  from Monday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 22 at 4:45 p.m. between the two names. All BCPS stakeholders, including BCPS staff, students, parents and community members, are permitted to vote, but only one ballot can be casted per person.

I really don’t have a preference. I am just glad that the name Honeygo is being used for both final entries.

With the completion of Honeygo Boulevard from Ebenezer Road to Belair Road in the mid to late 2000s, the name “Honeygo” has been used for Honeygo Run Regional Park, Honeygo Village Center and  a few small businesses. It is only appropriate to have “Honeygo” in the new school’s name.

BCPS stated that the results will be reported to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 for a first reading, on Tuesday, March 6, for a second reading with public comment, and on April 17 for a third reading and vote.

Loch Raven HS Principal (and my first journalism teacher) to Retire

Loch Raven High School principal Bonnie Lambert is retiring on Friday, Dec. 1 after 15 years at the school. It is always a big story when a long-term high school principal announces his/her retirement since there are only 24 high schools in Baltimore County.

Ms. Lambert’s retirement is significant to me because she was my first journalism teacher at Patapsco High School. (Yes, it was just Patapsco High School and not Center for the Arts in 1993).

Bonnie Lambert, pictured here at Loch Raven High School’s graduation in the spring, is retiring on Dec. 1.
-photo courtesy of Twitter-

Her class was my first taste of journalism in my junior year. She must have done something right as I went on to work for The East County Times and Dundalk Eagle newspapers.

I was disappointed that Ms. Lambert did not return to teach journalism at Patapsco in my senior year. Little did I know that she was preparing for a successful career as an administrator.

As a reporter for ECT and DE, I had to follow all the principals in eastern Baltimore County and I saw that she became principal at Loch Raven HS.

I was hoping that our paths would have crossed one day as I interviewed many teachers and principals throughout eastern Baltimore County but Loch Raven was just out of our coverage area with ECT.

Apparently, I was not the only student that Ms. Lambert inspired as reports on social media about her retirement resulted in high praises from parents and former students at Loch Raven.

I want to wish Ms. Lambert the best of luck in her retirement.

BCPS Breaks Ground for New Northeast Elementary School

Baltimore County Public Schools broke ground to their new northeast elementary school on Monday, Nov. 20. The new school is being built to relieve overcrowding at Perry Hall, Joppaview, Chapel Hill and many other elementary schools in the area.

While most groundbreakings are ceremonial, this groundbreaking was extremely ceremonial as both structures of the new school are near completion and it appears workers are close to focusing on the exterior and interior of the two buildings. The new school is scheduled to open on Sept. 4, 2018.

As a parent of students in Perry Hall Elementary, I can tell the public firsthand that this new school is necessary. Overcrowding at our elementary schools (middle and high schools too) is a huge problem and this school is much needed.



Naming the New Northeast Elementary School – by Ben Boehl-

BCPS has announced that they are inviting the public to submit name ideas for the new northeast elementary school in Perry Hall.

Community members can submit their name ideas with an online form You may also submit more than one name.

I wrote a blog about this in the spring. I like the name Honeygo Elementary with the irony of Honeygo ES being located on Joppa Road as Joppaview ES is already located on Honeygo Boulevard.
BCPS also announced that Charlene Behnke is the new principal at the school. She was the principal at Vincent Farm Elementary.