Education Digest

Public work session scheduled Aug. 26 on capital budget

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public work session on the fiscal 2005 capital budget and the fiscal 2006--2010 capital improvement program at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.


At 6:30 p.m., the board will hold a dinner meeting with the state delegation, County Council and county executive. The meeting will take place at Homewood School, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-7197.


New-student orientations set Aug. 20 and 22 at HCC

Howard Community College will hold new-student orientation sessions from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Aug. 20 and 9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Aug. 22 in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

First-time students are expected to attend. Parents are welcome.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-772-4430.

Sponsors, donors sought for school-supplies effort

Prepare for Success, a community project to provide backpacks and school supplies to Howard County students from low-income families, seeks sponsors and donors.

Information: Mike Clark, the project's coordinator, at 410-309-9695.

CHADD support group is to meet tonight


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) will sponsor a parent support group from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and on the second Wednesday of each month at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

Information: www.chadd

At-large members sought for schools advisory group

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education seeks at-large members for the 2003-2004 school year. The group of citizens and representatives from local PTAs advises the elected school board.

The CAC sponsors educational programming for members and gives them the opportunity to study and have a say on curriculum, education policy, redistricting and budgets. The committee generally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education in Ellicott City. At-large members serve two-year terms.

Information: 410-313-6682.


Advocacy training sessions on learning disabilities set

The Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland will conduct two advocacy training sessions. "You Are Your Child's Best Advocate" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Howard County Mental Health Authority, 4785 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite 111, Ellicott City.

Registration is required.

Information: 301-725-9755.

Deadline is Sept. 30 to have student data withheld

The Howard County public school system has occasion to release information about students. The information, classified as "directory information," includes the student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study and participation in officially recognized activities and sports.


In accordance with Maryland law, the school system will not disclose such information - with some exceptions - without permission of a parent or guardian. Parents and eligible students, ages 18 or older, who wish to refuse permission to release information have until Sept. 30 to inform the school system.

Send requests in writing to: Public Information Office, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.