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School board to meet Wednesday

At its meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education is scheduled to consider and adopt the fiscal 2007 operating and capital budget. The meeting was rescheduled from last week.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. in the board meeting room of the Carol S. Parham Administration Building at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. Information: 410-222-5000

College aid fair will be held today

Because of the weather on Feb. 12, College Goal Sunday has been rescheduled for today at 2 p.m. at sites in Baltimore and Baltimore County.

The free event for students and parents is designed to offer help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- the financial aid form required by most colleges, universities and private career schools to qualify for scholarships, grants and loans.

Students attending need to bring proof of 2005 income and benefits information, such as completed IRS tax returns, W-2 forms, or year-end pay stubs and proof of untaxed income for student and parents.

For locations and more information about College Goal Sunday, go to or call 866-GO-2-GOAL. For more information about financial aid in Maryland, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-974-1024.

Weidner leads job training center

Laura E. Weidner of Severna Park has been named executive director of the Center for Workforce Solutions at Anne Arundel Community College.

Weidner initially worked at the college as an instructor and literacy curriculum coordinator from 1984 to 1991 and returned to AACC in June 1998 as director of the english as a second language and basic skills programs. She was promoted in April 2000 and again in July 2005, when she became executive director of community and professional programs. She began her new position Feb. 1.

The AACC Center for Workforce Solutions designs employee-training programs.

Sunset redistricting hearing is Tuesday

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed redistricting of some Sunset Elementary School pupils, who were originally sent to Chesapeake Bay Middle School in 1997, back to George Fox Middle School.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway in Pasadena. The public is welcome to participate, and a sign-up sheet will be available at 6 p.m. Information: 410-222-5000

Girl who overcame disability is honored

Brooke Bell, a fourth-grader at the Ruth Parker Eason School in Millersville, has been selected as one of 27 international recipients of the Yes I Can! Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.

The Yes I Can! Award brings recognition to young adults and children who have overcome their disabilities. Brooke was one of three students chosen internationally in the technology category.

Brooke was born with Apert syndrome. When she arrived at Ruth Parker Eason School, Brooke was unable to communicate or participate in her educational program, according to her principal. Brooke has had 30 surgeries and spent two years learning to comprehend sign language and two years becoming proficient in using a laptop with a speech program.

The Yes I Can! Award ceremony will be held April 5 to 9 in Salt Lake City, and the school is trying to raise money to send Brooke, her sister and parents to the ceremony.

The school also is trying to raise money for airfare for the five teachers who nominated Brooke and have worked with her over the last several years, said her principal, Paulette Tanoue.

The school is holding fundraisers and will be sending letters to the community and begin a telephone campaign.

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