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New curriculum approved for county middle schoolsAnne...


New curriculum approved for county middle schools

Anne Arundel County's new curriculum for middle schools complies with requirements that pupils take physical education, health and fine arts classes every year, the state school board ruled yesterday.

This fall, for the first time in several decades, all county middle school pupils will take those classes - a state requirement that the county had not been following. To accommodate the change, 13 middle schools are adopting a seven-period day, while six schools will go with a four-period day.

One state school board member, JoAnn T. Bell, voted against the Anne Arundel plan because she wanted the county to provide progress reports to the state.

Pasadena house fire causes $375,000 damage

Fire destroyed a house in Pasadena yesterday, forcing the family to seek temporary shelter, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

The blaze in the 4400 block of Forsythia Lane started about 11 a.m. and caused $375,000 in damage to the two-story house and three-car garage, said Division Chief John M. Scholz.

The owner and his son and daughter were not home when the fire started in a rear utility room, Scholz said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Four community leaders to be honored by YWCA

Four community leaders will receive awards when the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County holds its 2002 Tribute to Women of Color luncheon Saturday in Glen Burnie.

Sarian Bouma, chief executive officer of Capitol Hill Building Maintenance, will be honored for her efforts in helping employees buy homes and open businesses. Dale Cager and Carla Flemings will be honored for their work with young people at Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church in Severna Park.

Bertina Nick will be honored for her promotion of affordable housing in Annapolis through involvement with groups including Habitat for Humanity and Greater Clay Street Community Development Corp., of which she is president.

Malinda Wilson, a business administration student at Sojourner-Douglass College, will receive the college's Woman of Vision Scholarship.

The luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu. Information: Ann Dorsey, 410-849- 8476.

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