Harford schools seek members for citizen advisory panels

The Harford County Board of Education is seeking applicants for membership on its citizen advisory committees.

Membership is open to all Harford County residents, including those without children in the school system.

As an advisory, each committee makes recommendations to the superintendent of schools:

Career and Technology Education: Coordinator, Sue Garrett - 410-588-5289. Members serve as advisers, advocates, and reviewers for career and technology education programs, which prepare students for further education and careers in current and emerging professions.

Family Life Education: Coordinator, Sue Garrett - 410-588-5289. This committee participates with the school system's Family Life Education Committee in decisions regarding materials to be used in the kindergarten through 12th grade educational program on Family Life and Human Development and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Gifted Education: Coordinator, Keri Guilbault - 410-588-5354. The committee discusses and reviews the impact of the Gifted Education Program on higher student achievement.

Safety and Security: Coordinator, Bob Benedetto - 410-638-4242. This committee provides input into program improvements and initiatives in the school system. It reviews existing procedures pertaining to safety and security.

Special Education: Coordinator, Ann-Marie Spakowski - 410-588-5246. The committee works in conjunction with the requirements of IDEA in supporting an advisory council for parents of students with disabilities. The committee studies the impact of special education services, programs of instruction, service models, funding, as well as costs affecting the school system and its students.

The Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee is open to any parent of a student with a disability and no formal application is needed.

Each committee will meet on a regular basis, or as necessary to accomplish its charge. New members are confirmed in May and are assigned to one-, two- or three-year terms. Regular attendance is vital to maintain the continuity and effectiveness of the committee, school officials noted.

Anyone interested in serving as a member of any one of these committees should send a letter of interest to Communications, Harford County Public Schools, 102 S. Hickory Ave., Bel Air, Md., 21014.

Letters should include the name of the committee, complete contact information (name, address, telephone number) and background information for the applicant, including: membership in community, social and civic groups; occupation; level of schooling; availability to attend evening meetings; and reasons for wanting to serve on the committee.

For parents and citizens interested in serving on the Special Education Advisory Committee, meeting dates will be posted on the HCPS calendar and all are welcome.

The deadline to apply is March 14. Following the school board's appointments in May, advisory committee coordinators will notify all applicants of the results.

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