Community groups will pay 5 percent more to rent county school buildings but will not pay more for staff time under new rates that went into effect July 1.

The increases reflect higher operating costs, said Charles F. Parvis, community services specialist.

The rates were approved June 27 by the school board.

Rents will be $37.85 for a high school gym or cafeteria, $32.40 for a middle school gym or cafeteria, and $12.10 for an elementary gym/cafeteria. The fee for a single classroom will be $5.50 for a high school room, $4.40 for middle school and $3.85 for elementary school.

Staff charges will remain at $76.65 for custodians, electricians and cafeteria workers, $22 for a student technician per four-hour minimum session.


Third-graders at St. John's Lane Elementary School ended the school year with the dedication of an 80-square-footgarden plot on the school grounds.

Children planted herbs and flowering shrubs to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

The garden was financed with a $300 grant from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.


Wilde Lake High School vocal and instrumental musicians won awards at the recent Fiesta-Val National Festival of Music in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Wilde Lake received the grand championtrophy for best overall vocal group performance.

First-place awards went to the choir, men's choir, madrigal singers and women's chorus.

Wendy Fueschel, who will be a senior next fall, received the outstanding soloist trophy, and Amy Marshall, a senior next fall, the outstanding accompanist trophy.

The school's wind ensemble won a first-place award and the jazz band's saxophone section received an award for best woodwind section.

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