Education Digest


School system plans open houses for its career academies

The Howard County public schools' Office of Career and Technology Education is holding open houses to introduce its new career academies to eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students and their parents.

The open houses are being held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Open houses for the Multimedia and Arts Cluster and Business and Entrepreneurship Cluster (Academy of Finance) will be held Tuesday; for the Architecture and Engineering Cluster (Energy, Power, and Transportation and Construction Technology academies), on Jan. 19; and for the Biotechnology and Health Services Cluster, today and Jan. 20.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Name suggestions sought for Cedar Lane replacement

The School Naming Committee of the county school system is seeking suggestions on an appropriate name for the facility being built to replace Cedar Lane School. The existing name will also be considered.

The facility, which is at Lime Kiln Middle School in Fulton, is scheduled to open in August.

Board of Education policy calls for schools to be named with reference to geographical areas of the county. Duplication of names is to be avoided. Names may refer to sections of the county, appropriate street locations, established neighborhoods or communities.

Suggested names, along with an explanation of the reason for the selection, should be submitted in writing by Jan. 21 to Mark Stout, Howard County Public School System, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

School board to meet today and tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will meet in closed session at 5 p.m. today and will hold its 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 starts 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. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold public hearings on the proposed 2005-2006 calendar; proposed Policy 1921, Accountability of School Activity Funds; revised Policy 11300, fund raising; and revised Policy 1911, donations.

Community members are encouraged to attend. Those who want to testify at a hearing are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up: 410-313-7197. To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-week notice is requested.

The board will hold a community meeting with Conexiones, an advocacy group for Hispanic students, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in conference room ML-2 at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Laurel College Center plans information session today

The Laurel College Center, a partnership between Howard and Prince George's community colleges, will hold a drop-in information session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the center, 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel.

The community is invited to tour the center, which is adjacent to Laurel Shopping Center, talk with academic and financial aid advisers and hear how to enroll for credit and noncredit classes.

Registration for the spring semester is under way; classes are to start Jan. 29. Registration for noncredit classes is continuing.

Information or to request a schedule of classes: 410-772-4162, or

Books, other material available for review

Textbooks and textbook-related material recommended for first-time use in the Howard County public schools will be on display through Jan. 28 in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The material will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Monday, Martin Luther King Day.

Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.

Information: 410-313-6665.

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