Education Digest


School board plans regular meeting, hearing on budget

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which will start at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

A public hearing on the renaming of Dasher Green-Owen Brown School will be held during the evening session.

The board will hold a public hearing on the superintendent's fiscal 2005 operating and capital budget priorities at 7:30 p.m. May 6 in the boardroom.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

Information or to sign up to speak: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046.

Members being sought for boundary-line panel

Applications from people interested in serving on the 2004-2005 School Boundary Line Advisory Committee will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The committee's charter calls for representation from each region of the county. Applicants are needed from west Columbia and southeastern Howard County in these school attendance areas: Bryant Woods, Clemens Crossing, Gorman Crossing, Guilford, Hammond, Longfellow, Running Brook and Swansfield elementary schools; Harper's Choice, Murray Hill, Patuxent Valley and Wilde Lake middle schools; and Atholton, Hammond and Wilde Lake high schools.

Applicants must be ages 21 or older, live in Howard County and be willing to meet at least one night a week through October.

The advisory committee will help develop and evaluate boundary-line changes associated with the opening of the county's 12th high school, in Marriottsville. It also will consider minor changes in elementary and middle school boundary lines, if necessary.

Letters of interest should be sent to David C. Drown, Office of Geographical Systems, Howard County Public Schools, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042 or faxed to 410-313-7188.

Summer programs offered for youths at Patapsco

Staff naturalists at Patapsco Valley State Park will offer five-week summer Junior Ranger and Park Pals programs, starting June 29, and a weeklong Junior Ranger and Park Pals camp from Aug. 2-6.

The half-day summer programs include lessons on nature, history and the environment through hands-on activities. Junior Rangers, ages 8 to 12, earn patches for completing assignments. Park Pals are ages 5 to 7.

The cost is $30 a child; $20 for siblings. Registration is required.

Information or to request a registration form: 410-737-0451.

Howard schools seek input on special ed plan

The Howard County public school system seeks comment and suggestions from the community for its Special Education Staffing Plan 2004-2005.

To obtain a copy of the 2003-2004 plan: Cynthia Barnard, 410-313-6659 or

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