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Howard County Executive Proposes SRO Policy Changes 

Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball was joined by Howard County Police Department Chief Lisa Myers and State’s Attorney Rich Gibson for a press conference, during which he outlined his support for keeping School Resource Officers (SRO) in public schools, while detailing a new policy for SROs, addressing community concerns and input over the past year.
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Howard County Executive Proposes $1.88 Billion Operating Budget for FY 2022, Providing Record $633 Million for Schools

Howard County Executive Proposes $1.88 Billion Operating Budget for FY 2022, Providing Record $633 Million for Schools

Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball presented his proposed $1.88 billion operating budget for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) to the Howard County Council. Ball’s budget is a 6.8% increase over FY 2021’s budget - primarily due to adding $50 million contingency in Grant Fund for potential new pandemic relief funding. The budget includes no tax increases while supporting Howard County’s collective priorities – including education, pandemic relief, and public infrastructure. The General F...
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Howard County Unveils Two Innovative Nonverbal Communication Boards at Blandair Park Playground

Howard County Unveils Two Innovative Nonverbal Communication Boards at Blandair Park Playground

Today Howard County Executive Calvin Ball joined the Department of Recreation & Parks to unveil two innovative nonverbal communication boards at Blandair Regional Park’s new “Play for All” playground. The boards, which were partially funded by the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), allow nonverbal children to easily communicate without the use of personal augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. The park’s Play for All playground is set to open this Spring. 
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Howard County Makes Juneteenth Official County Holiday

Howard County Makes Juneteenth Official County Holiday

Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball designated June 19th, known as Juneteenth National Freedom Day, as an official Howard County holiday. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States, marking the day when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached slaves in Galveston Texas, more than two years after it was signed. Photos of the event can be found here. Video can be found here.  
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