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Anne Arundel County education briefs

Horstkamp takes seat as school board student member

The newest student member of the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County, Jacob Horstkamp, took the oath of office July 1 in a ceremony at the county courthouse in Annapolis.

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Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Horstkamp, a rising senior at North County High School in Glen Burnie. He will serve a one-year term as the board's 42nd student member.

He was selected for the appointment by members of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils. Horstkamp is just the second student member of the Board of Education from North County; he succeeds Ayesha Chaudhry, of South River High School in Edgewater, whose one-year term ended on June 30.

Students have been on the board since 1974, when Jeffrey Robinson from Andover High School served in an advisory capacity. Full voting rights for student board members were established in 1975.

Angie Reyburn, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Korbelak, Nalley set to lead school board

The Board of Education for Anne Arundel County has re-elected Stacy Korbelak as president and Patricia Nalley as vice president for the 2015-2016 school year.

Korbelak, appointed to the board in 2012, will serve her second year as president. A resident of Piney Orchard, she chaired the Superintendent Search Committee that culminated in the hiring of Superintendent George Arlotto in July 2014.

Korbelak is an associate professor of English composition and literature at Howard Community College in Columbia, and coordinator of the college's Global Distinction program.

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Nalley was appointed to the board in 2007 and reappointed in 2012. The Annapolis resident served as president of the board in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, and as vice president in the 2014-2015 school year.

Before joining the board, she was an elementary school teacher for 31 years, then spent 12 years in elementary administration, retiring as principal of Davidsonville Elementary after nine years there.

New members named to advisory panel

The Board of Education for Anne Arundel County appointed 12 residents last week to two-year terms on the executive panel of the countywide Citizen Advisory Committee, a 30-member panel that advises the board on various issues.

Appointed to two-year terms were: Melonie Teichert, Eris Ashley, Lois Warner, Serri Howard, Greg Novak, Chekesha Duncan, Christopher Wallace, Anne Burba, Beth Nolan, Kelly Purnell, Pamela Murray and Edwin Rodriguez.

School board gets preview of gap numbers

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Members of the county school system's Office of Equity and Accelerated Student Achievement told school board members Wednesday that achievement gaps between minority students and their white counterparts are closing, but at a slow pace.

Though numbers regarding the disparity when it comes to African-American students have improved over a 10-year period, the gap typically narrows by a percentage point a year, officials said.

Officials said they wouldn't be ready to release updated numbers until October, but Anthony Alston, the executive director of the office, said he expects to see the gap continue to diminish.

Officials said school system programs such as Triple E, which allows for a "special" class in the middle of the day at the elementary level, and altering kindergarten and first-grade curricula to allow more interactive learning, have been successful.

Superintendent George Arlotto said there is still a gap between content areas such as math or reading.

Officials said gaps exist in discipline as well. Sixteen percent of African-American students were suspended in the 2013-14 school year, compared to 5 percent of their white peers.

—Kelcie Pegher, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Engineering grants

Anne Arundel Community College has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to help support its 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.

Internship program

Anne Arundel Community College seeks employers to participate in its internship program. Students get real-world experience and mentoring from leaders in business, industry, government, and nonprofit agencies and organizations. For information, go to aacc.edu/foundation or aacc.edu/internships.

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