Frederick County Public Schools has received a $10,000 grant from the American Dairy Association to participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 Seconds program, created in partnership with the National Football League. The funds are specifically meant to promote physical activity and sensible eating at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

The grant will allow the school to buy fitness equipment for a renovated weight-training room, provide two breakfast kiosks, and send eight students to the Baltimore Ravens football game on Dec. 12. The breakfast kiosks will be rolled out in March.

Bob Kelly, senior manager of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services, said in a statement he is delighted to receive a grant that will provide healthful food and living options for students.

“Understanding that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand, our goal is to promote healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness,” Kelly said.

School board to consider Oakdale addition design The Board of Education will hear, and potentially approve, a proposal for an addition at a middle school that was fast-tracked by the county last year.

A nearly 21,000-square-foot addition at Oakdale Middle School would accommodate 300 more students and add 12 new classrooms as the county continues to try to keep up with crowding in schools in that feeder pattern.

The addition will also include science classrooms, science prep room, administrative offices, restrooms and the mechanical spaces required by code.

County Executive Jan Gardner announced a plan to fast-track the addition at Oakdale in September 2018. Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2020 and be completed in the summer of 2021 with approval from the board.

The addition will be placed on the left side of the building in front of four portable classroom buildings, according to documents submitted to the Board of Education.

The board is also scheduled to vote on the construction documents for Blue Heron Elementary School, a 705-student school slated to be build a 15-acre site in the Hamptons West development near Lake Linganore.

Construction is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2020, and be completed June 15, 2021.

Hood professors to study bacteria in Washington, D.C.Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies reached an agreement to research ways to decrease cyanobacteria blooms in the constructed lake at Constitution Gardens, a large catchment in Washington, D.C.

Potentially toxic bacteria grew in large amounts in the lake in summer 2018. Nutrients and feces from wildlife are among the substances that enter the lake when it rains. That, combined with stagnant water and summer heat, creates an optimal habitat for these cyanobacteria.

Hood staff will determine which treatment is best for the lake and then will monitor water quality and algae and bacteria growth from April to October — the lake’s growing season. The monitoring will then move to every other month from November to March.

City editor Allen Etzler contributed to this report.

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