Forum on school funding is Saturday at Wilde Lake Ecker, Cook and Hickey are expected to speak


A forum on school funding will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Wilde Lake High School, at River Hill on Route 108 in Clarksville. The forum will focus on balancing school needs and fiscal responsibility. County Executive Charles I. Ecker, school board chairwoman Susan Cook and Superintendent Michael E. Hickey will respond to questions from 9:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Two sessions then will run concurrently, each to be held twice, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. and from 11:35 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topics will be:

* "Education funding and the county budget," featuring Dr. Sydney Cousin, the system's associate superintendent for finance and operations, and Ray Wacks, county budget administrator.

* "The school system options in a scenario of education capital budget shortfall," featuring Dr. Maurice Kalin, associate superintendent for planning and support services, and Dr. Joan Palmer, deputy state superintendent for school improvement services for the state Department of Education. Year-round education is expected to be one of the subjects of this session.

Speakers have been asked to limit their presentations to 10 minutes to allow for questions. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Howard County and the PTA Council of Howard County. Information: 730-0142.

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