Board of Education holds public hearing on superintendent search

Board holds public hearing on superintendent search

The Howard County Board of Education will hold an initial public hearing on the search for a new superintendent for county schools at its next meeting Tuesday, June 21.

The hearing will take place in the evening session of the meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Individuals who wish to testify at the hearing are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes, and provide 15 copies of their testimony.

Contact the board office at 410-313-7194 to register for the hearing.

Superintendent Sydney Cousin announced last month he plans to retire when his contract expires in June 2012.

—Sara Toth

Third-grader raises funds for animal oxygen masks at fire stations

Amanda Betts, a third-grader at Resurrection-St. Paul School in Ellicott City, recently raised $675 with the help of her classmates and school community to purchase animal oxygen masks for Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Stations 2 and 8.

Amanda's goal was initially to raise enough money for three masks. After watching an episode of "Cats 101" on Animal Planet, in which a fire station saved the lives of animals caught in a blaze with the help of the masks, she went with her mother to Ellicott City Fire Station 2, where she learned that neither station had animal oxygen masks. Between them, the two stations now have 10 masks.

"I wanted to do this because I like animals and want them to be saved," Amanda said in a release from the school. "It's really sad to think that even animals can get out of a fire they won't make it without enough oxygen."

—Sara Toth

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