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Threatening Calls - Leonardtown High School

On Thursday, September 18, several calls were received reporting a bomb threat at Leonardtown High School. As a result, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. A coordinated response was initiated immediately with school and law enforcement officials. The school's administration followed the emergency response protocols outlined in the St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) School Crisis and Emergency Response Plan and continually worked with law enforcement authorizes to complete the investigation. The school building was placed in a lockdown status while law enforcement units searched the building. The building was cleared for use at approximately 1:00 p.m. The school continued with the normal schedule for the day at that time.

Mr. J. Scott Smith, Administrator in Charge for SMCPS, stated "The safety of our students and staff always comes first, so we must take all threats seriously. With that said, we will continue to work with law enforcement to identify the caller and pursue appropriate charges to the fullest extent of the law."

Threatening Call - Great Mills High School

On Thursday, September 18, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a single phone call reporting an unsubstantiated verbal threat at Great Mills High School. As a result, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. A coordinated response was initiated immediately with school and law enforcement officials. The school's administration followed the emergency response protocols outlined in the St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) School Crisis and Emergency Response Plan and continually worked with law enforcement authorizes to complete the investigation. The school building was placed in a lockdown status while law enforcement units searched the building. The building was cleared for use at approximately 12:25 p.m. The school continued with the normal schedule for the day at that time.

Administrative Appointments Announced

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael J. Martirano, announces the administrative appointments made by the Board of Education at its meeting of September 10.

The Board appointed Ms. Carrie Smith as Supervisor of Special Education in the Department of Special Education. Ms. Smith is currently the Instructional Resource Teacher for Special Education Compliance with St. Mary's County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida and a Master's degree from Walden University. Ms. Smith joined St. Mary's County Public Schools in August 2001.

The Board also appointed Ms. Kimberley McEligot as Pupil Personnel Worker in the Department of Student Services. Ms. McEligot is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Town Creek Elementary School. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina and a Master's degree from Towson University. Ms. McEligot joined St. Mary's County Public Schools in August 2000.

These appointments become effective Monday, September 15, 2014.

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