Perkins presents $192 million construction plan to school board
Anne Arundel County Public Schools will host a hearing on Sept. 25 to gather public comment on a $192.1 million capital budget proposal unveiled last week by interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins.
The capital budget generally pertains to construction and renovation projects. Perkins' budget plan proposes funding for renovations and modernizations at several schools and for design projects to begin planning for new schools.
School officials said more than 65 percent of the request, which is scheduled to be discussed and voted on by the school board following the public hearing, would go toward 13 specific projects. The biggest is $50 million toward replacing Severna Park High School, which was approved by the board several years ago and has been in the planning and design stages.
After the school system reviews and votes on the budget, it advances to County Executive Laura Neuman and the County Council for review and approval. The projects include:
•Annapolis Elementary renovation, $3.3 million.
•Lothian Elementary replacement, $7.8 million.
•Crofton Elementary renovation, $3.5 million.
•Mills-Parole Elementary renovation, $3.6 million.
•Rolling Knolls Elementary replacement, $18.1 million.
•Benfield Elementary renovation, $14.5 million.
•West Annapolis Elementary modernization, $12.5 million.
•Severna Park High replacement, $50 million.
•Manor View Elementary feasibility study and design, $2.4 million.
•High Point Elementary feasibility study and design, $3.1 million.
•George Cromwell Elementary design, $2.1 million.
•Jessup Elementary design, $2.6 million.
•Arnold Elementary design, $2.6 million.
The recommendation also includes $10 million to continue building full-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten additions and $9 million for ongoing open space classroom enclosures.
The public hearing will be held at the school board meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the board headquarters, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.
AACC chefs earn awards in culinary competition
An instructor and a student at Anne Arundel Community College's Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute received culinary awards in the recent American Culinary Federation-sanctioned culinary competition at Stratford University in Virginia. The event was hosted by the Greater Baltimore Chefs Association and Nation's Capital Chefs Association.
Chef John Johnson of Pasadena won first place in the contemporary category with "Maryland's Summer Bounty," an entree featuring baked rockfish with crab mousseline and vin blanc sauce, succotash of a sweet corn medley and lima bean puree, grilled summer squash, citrus tomatoes and cornbread.
Each competitor had one hour to prepare four plates of their signature dish while being evaluated on taste, nutrition, presentation, organization and sanitation. Johnson scored a high silver medal .
Anne Arundel student Christopher Wroblewski of Bowie won third place in the "mystery basket" category, in which competitors each received a basket of foods and had to incorporate them into their menu. They had three hours to prepare a four-course meal of four plates each. Wroblewski competed against professional chefs and earned a bronze medal for his efforts.
Other Anne Arundel students in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute program, including Karen Eaton of Annapolis, Stephanie Silva of Belcamp and Jessica Numbers of Bel Air, volunteered and assisted with the competition.
The Anne Arundel County School Board will discuss its search for a new superintendent at its meeting Sept. 25, officials said. Board member Stacy Korbelak, chair of an ad hoc superintendent search committee, said the group will make a presentation before the full board discussing whether to enlist a search firm.
Anne Arundel Community College has been awarded a $598,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help support the college's engineering scholars program. The grant will provide scholarships of up to $4,000 annually to financially needy, academically talented students to help them graduate from the school's engineering programs, transfer to a four-year institution and enter the workforce. Information: 410-777-2222.
Through 2014, three Anne Arundel Community College nursing students will receive $3,000 scholarships through a program set up by Johns Hopkins HealthCare. The scholarships will benefit county residents enrolled in the college's registered nursing associate's degree program who demonstrate financial need as established by the AACC financial aid office. Information: 410-777-2203 or aacc.edu/finaid.