Volunteers sought for panel on school boundary lines

The Howard County school system is seeking volunteers to serve on the Board of Education's School Boundary Line Advisory Committee, which assists in developing and evaluating boundary line adjustments.

This year's committee will focus on the boundary lines associated with the opening of an elementary school in Dayton, which is planned for August next year.

The committee will also examine middle school boundary adjustments in the northern and northeastern parts of the county.

All boundary adjustments will be effective for the 2006-2007 school year.

Committee members must be at least age 21 and must live in Howard County. They will be selected after interviews.

Prospective members should send letters of interest describing their strengths and experience by March 25 to Howard County Public School System, Attention: David C. Drown, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Closed sessions, hearing on school budget planned

The Board of Education of Howard County will meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board will hold a public hearing on the superintendent's proposed fiscal 2006 operating budget at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom.

The public is invited. Those who want to testify at the hearing are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and to 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 for any Board of Education meeting: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is requested.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Jan. 27 in the boardroom.

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

To sign up: 410-313-7197. Information: 410-313-6682.

Child-care fair scheduled for Saturday in Clarksville

Children On Board, Howard County's annual preschool and child-care information fair sponsored by the county Department of Citizen Services' Child Care Resource Center and Maryland Family Magazine, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville.

Admission is free.

The fair is intended to provide information for parents, guardians, grandparents and providers of child care.

Information on child care and preschool programs will be available for parents, who will have an opportunity to meet teachers and program directors.

Representatives from community service organizations that provide programs and services to young children in the county will be on hand. The 2005 Early Childhood Education Guide will be distributed free to visitors.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Open houses scheduled for new career academies

The Howard County public schools' Office of Career and Technology Education will hold open houses at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108 in Ellicott City, to introduce its new career academies to parents and their eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders.

The open house for the architecture and engineering cluster, which includes the energy, power and transportation, and construction technology academies, will be held today. The open house for the biotechnology and health services cluster will be held tomorrow.

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