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Education Notes


Carroll schools open tomorrow, Tuesday to make up snow days

Carroll County public schools will be open tomorrow and Tuesday to make up for lost snow days.

Schools were to have been closed tomorrow for Presidents Day and Tuesday for a professional day for elementary and middle schools, and conferences for high schools.

The elementary and middle schools' professional day has been rescheduled for March 2. High schools will notify parents of changes in the conference schedule.

The Carroll County Board of Education decided Wednesday to change the schedule because of the time lost to inclement weather.

Information: 410-751-3020.

School board to hold budget presentation

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a final presentation on the operating budget for the public schools for the 2004-2005 school year at 7 p.m. Thursday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

The budget also will be adopted at that time.

Information: 410-751-3081.

CCC offers noncredit class on causes of U.S. Civil War

Carroll Community College will offer a noncredit class, "Causes of the Civil War" to explore the politics and revolts that caused the American Civil War, from the Declaration of Independence to states' rights, and from Harriet Beecher Stowe to John Brown.

Kristie Poehler will teach the class from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from March 4 to 18 in Room 169 of the Gateway School next to the college.

The class is being held in preparation for the seventh annual conference on "Maryland and the Civil War: A Regional Perspective," scheduled for March 27 at the college.

The conference, led by historians, focuses on various aspects of the Civil War.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Literacy Council presents annual 'Spelin Be' April 22

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold its annual "Spelin Be" at 6 p.m. April 22 at Martin's of Westminster.

Teams of three adults from local businesses, civic and service organizations and government agencies vie for the title of best spellers in Carroll County. Although the contest is a legitimate spelling bee, the main objectives are to have fun and to raise money for literacy programs.

The Literacy Council raises money from the event in three ways: through corporate underwriters, $1,500; team sponsors for $350; and ticket sales (blocks of 10 for $150).

Anyone interested in entering a team or sponsoring the event can call the Literacy Council at 410-857-8555.

Westminster High receives music education honors

The Westminster High School Music Department has received the National Association for Music Education and the Maryland Music Educators Association award for Exemplary Music Program in the state.

The application involved explaining the growth of the Westminster music program, the diversity of courses offered to students and listing national awards and honors the program has received.

Brian Drake and Mark Lortz direct the school's instrumental music program. Beverly Wells is the choral music director. The teachers and program will be honored at the annual MMEA Convention awards banquet Feb. 28 in Baltimore.

CRD selects Steven Wantz as regional director

Steven Wantz, executive director of Institutional Development and the College Foundation at Carroll Community College, recently was elected regional director of the Council for Resource Development.

His peers from community colleges in a five-state area chose him.

In this position, he will be a member of the national board of directors of CRD, the premier organization for providing educational and informational resources to development professionals at community colleges.

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