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Board to reassess school improvement

At its meeting Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education will consider improvements to Severna Park Middle School.

At its last meeting, the board failed to come to a consensus on three options for the 39-year-old school: moderate renovations, more extensive renovations or replacement.

Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell is again recommending moderate renovations, called a revitalization, which would cost about $46 million. Community members and County Councilwoman Cathleen M. Vitale had asked the board for a "modernization" that would cost $56 million. A new school would cost $58 million.

The board meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the board chambers at the school system's administrative office, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.


Juniors win awards for U.N. portrayals

Two Annapolis High School juniors have won awards at the Model United Nations Conference held at Princeton University.

Jillian Shpuntoff was recognized for her portrayal of the minister of commerce and industry, and Chloe English was recognized for her role as the joint secret police chief.

More than 40 Annapolis High School students participated in the four-day event. The school was the only one from the county to participate. The high school will host a Model U.N. Conference in February.

Sessions slated for academic program

The county school system will offer several information sessions for parents and students who may be considering applying to the AVID program in 2007-2008.

Advancement Via Individual Determination is an accelerated academic program for students in the "academic middle" who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college and have appropriate classroom behavior and a good attendance record, and are willing to commit to at least an hour of homework every night. They must enroll in rigorous college preparatory courses.

The sessions will be:

Jan. 24 -- Severna Park Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 6 -- Marley Middle School, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 -- George Fox Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Students to perform at annual meeting

Two Annapolis Area Christian School seniors have been named to the National Multicultural Honor Choir, which will perform in Miami in March.

Jim Krabbendam, 17, of Severna Park, sings bass. Soo-Hyun Noh, 18, of Arnold, sings soprano and contralto. Both are members of the AACS Madrigals, which specializes in religious choral music.

Only 200 were selected for the National Multicultural Honor Choir, which will perform as part of the annual meeting of the American Choral Directors Association.

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