Schools set meetings for budget process
The Carroll County public school system has announced the dates for public meetings regarding the school board's operating budget for the 2003-2004 school year.
Meetings will be held as follows:
Tuesday: Presentation of the superintendent's proposed budget, 7 p.m. at Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.
Feb. 13: Presentation of the proposed budget, 7 p.m. at Shiloh Middle School, 3675 Willow St., Hampstead.
Feb. 20: Presentation and adoption of the proposed budget, 7 p.m. at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.
The budget was presented to the Board of Education on Jan. 22; A videotape of the session will be shown to be shown on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia Cable. The budget presentation will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today, Thursday and Feb. 9, 11, 15, 17 and 19; at 9 a.m. Saturday; and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 18.
School officials to hold town meeting Wednesday
School board President Susan Holt and Superintendent Charles I. Ecker will hold a town meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Northwest Middle School.
The purpose of the meeting is to foster an open dialogue with parents and the community. The public is welcome to voice concerns or ask questions regarding education issues.
The school is at 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown.
'First Steps' offered to those seeking diplomas
Residents age 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have their math and reading skills evaluated, can attend a free "First Steps" orientation.
Introductory programs will be held:
From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (unemployment office), 125 Airport Drive, Suite 20, Westminster.
From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 1135 Business Parkway South, Suite 30, Westminster.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Northeast Social Action Program, 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead.
From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.
Parent/child education offered by county schools
The Carroll County public schools' Families Learning Together program allows parents and their children to go to school together.
Programs let parents work on basic skills, learn to use a computer, earn a high school diploma and explore parenthood issues.
Preschoolers who attend with their parents can meet new friends, participate in learning activities and prepare for success in school.
Classes are held free of charge during the day and evenings at Northwest Middle School and Robert Moton Elementary School. Home visits also are available.
Officials to begin review of out-of-district requests
This month and next, the Carroll County public schools will review requests to enroll students in out-of-district schools.
Students are allowed to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area only under specific circumstances.
Those considering such a request for 2003-2004 should review the list of approvable circumstances on the back of the request form.
A parent or guardian must request an out-of-district application from the school office or the Department of Student Services. Applications are available through next month.
Applications must be postmarked by April 1. (Applications postmarked after April 1 will not be processed unless Student Services staff find extenuating circumstances.)
Applications must be mailed to: Carroll County Public Schools, Department of Student Services, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.
Information: Cyndy Little, director of Student Services, 410- 751-3123.
Music shop sponsors county student scholarship
Stu's Music Shop will award a music scholarship to a high school senior in June.
Any Carroll County high school senior planning to attend college next fall and major in music is eligible.
Applications can be obtained by writing a letter of inquiry to the Stewart W. Myers Memorial Scholarship Committee, c/o Stu's Music Shop Inc., 723 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster 21157.
Deadline for letters is April 10.
State school board issues new publication
The Maryland State Department of Education is issuing a new publication, "A Parent's Guide to Achievement Matters Most." Achievement Matters Most is the department's new plan for public education.
The plan encourages parent involvement and reviews the Maryland School Assessment (including sample test items), high school assessments, curriculum and accountability programs.
Copies of the publication will be mailed to all elementary and middle schools for distribution to staff and parents of all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.