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School board approves 7 technology, science and health courses


The Howard County school board approved yesterday seven new technology, science and health courses for high schools.

The new offerings include two "Mathematics, Science and Technology Research" classes to replace the Science Research classes that allow students to do independent projects. Also new is a home economics class that will enable students enrolled in the Child Care Completer Program to work in day care centers to gain experience.

Other new classes include "Current Health Issues," "Principles of Technology" I and II and "Basic Research Designs and Method," a core class for the new technology magnet programs at River Hill High School and the eastern high school, both scheduled to open in 1996.

The board also gave Superintendent Michael E. Hickey approval to continue with the five school system goals set two years ago.

The goals are to improve human relations within the school system; improve performance of marginally achieving students; strengthen parent-home ties; develop more effective means of assessing student performance; and continue the inclusion process involving special education students.

The school system's goals changed yearly in the past but have remained the same for the past two years, and will continue for a third year. Board members said they liked the stability.

Dr. Hickey told the board that his staff is working on a list of additional goals that he would like the school system to accomplish in the next five years. He anticipates unveiling the new goals at a September board meeting.

In other matters:

* Dr. Hickey announced the appointments of Nancy Esmond as assistant principal of Thunder Hill Elementary School and Brenda Allen as assistant principal at Manor Woods Elementary School, scheduled to open this fall in Marriottsville.

Ms. Esmond is an assistant principal of Catonsville Elementary School in Baltimore County and Ms. Allen is an administrative assistant in the central office.

* The board voted to raise tuition for out-of-county students who attend county public schools. In-state elementary and secondary students will pay $4,710 a year, up $140 from the 1993-1994 school year. In-state kindergartners will pay $2,360 a year, up $70 from the previous school year.

Out-of-state students will pay $6,310 a year, up $130 from the previous school year. Out-of-state kindergartners will pay $3,155, $65 from this past school year.

The 2 percent to 3 percent tuition increases match the county's and state's cost of teaching a student. Last school year, 32 out-of-county students enrolled in Howard schools. Some paid tuition for one month, while others paid for the entire year.

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