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School board elects leaders

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has elected Enrique M. Melendez as president and Edward P. "Ned" Carey as vice president for the 2008-2009 school year.

The meeting Wednesday was the first of the new board, which was expanded from eight to nine members through state legislation in 2007.

Appointed to the board in July 2005, Melendez is active in the Hispanic community in Anne Arundel County, where he has lived since 1988. The father of three Broadneck High School graduates is vice president of information technology at Jacobs Engineering Group, a global architectural, engineering, and construction firm.

Carey was appointed to the board in May 2002 to complete the remaining term for Dr. Janet Bury. He was reappointed to the Board in 2005. He is a 1980 graduate of Brooklyn Park High School, and as the deputy executive director of BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport, Carey brings to the board a background in planning, construction and finance.

The board also welcomed new member Teresa Milio Birge of Odenton and student member Collin Wojciechowski of Pasadena, who is serving a one-year term.

Nantucket PTA to organize

A meeting to organize the Parent Teacher Association of the county's newest school will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Road.

Parents of children who will attend the newly constructed Nantucket Elementary School are invited to join the school's administration and staff as the school's PTA is established.

Attendees will also adopt bylaws, elect officers and register members.

Representatives from the Maryland PTA will also be on hand to provide an overview of the organization's objectives, policies and procedures, and to answer questions.

The school will open Aug. 27 to a projected 641 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Children's Guild receives $21,250 grant

The Children's Guild, which provides educational and therapeutic services in Annapolis, recently received a grant of $21,250 so researchers at George Washington University can evaluate the organization's educational philosophy.

Siblings Alfred Moses of Virginia and Amalie Kass of Massachusetts donated $21,250 specifically to the Upside Down Organization to fund a study this fall that will evaluate its educational philosophy, transformation education, which transforms how professionals think and act toward children, rather than changing the children's behavior.

Moses and Kass donated the money in honor of their mother, Helene Lobe Moses, who supported the Children's Guild, the parent organization of UDO, which uses transformation education in its programs and services at its centers in Baltimore City and Prince George's and Anne Arundel County.

The elder Moses also served as one of the Children's Guild's first trustees.

Esther Merves and Elizabeth Hess-Rice of George Washington University's Department of Teacher Preparation and Special Education and Shaista Khilji of the university's Human and Organizational Learning Program will lead the study.

The Children's Guild is a nonprofit organization founded in 1953 for young people with emotional, behavioral and mental challenges.

It operates three Level V day schools, three group-living residences, treatment foster care, a mental health center and other special-needs services.

Construction courses for secure sites set

Anne Arundel Community College is one of seven in Maryland that will offer training for construction industry employees wanting to work on sensitive or secure sites for military, government agencies or private firms that are government contractors as part of a $100,000 Workforce ONE Maryland grant.

The grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is part of the $4 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to help Maryland address workforce challenges created by the federal Base Realignment and Closure initiatives that will relocate many government agencies and military bases and bring new private companies to Maryland.

While Frederick Community College is the lead partner in the grant, AACC is one of seven community colleges that will offer education and resources so that the training can reach construction industry workers statewide.

Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities are expected to be a key component of BRAC-related construction in Maryland.

A SCIF is an accredited area, room, group of rooms, buildings or installation where sensitive, compartmented information may be stored, used, discussed and/or processed. These areas can have special walls, elaborate alarm systems and sound-masking technology.

FCC will build a compact demonstration SCIF to allow workers in the building trades and construction management field see firsthand the techniques required to participate in SCIF construction.

Courses for construction industry workers will begin February 2009. After the grant period, AACC and the other colleges will continue to offer the SCIF certification courses as needed to meet demand.

Four earn Masters of Arts in teaching

Four Anne Arundel County residents were among 23 St. Mary's College of Maryland students to graduate last month with Master of Arts degrees in teaching: Ashley Fussell of Millersville; Melissa Autumn Puzak of Arnold; Robert B. Schou of Annapolis; and Vanessa Lyn Vizcarrondo of Harwood.

Lynch nominated to merchant marines

U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin has nominated Ryan Lynch, 18, Arnold, a graduate of St. Mary's High School, to an appointment at the U.S Merchant Marine Academy.

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