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2 hearings, workshop on school budgets

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will hold two public hearings and a public workshop on the fiscal year 2010 operating and capital budgets.

Hearings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Glen Burnie High School, and Thursday in the boardroom of the Parham Building in Annapolis. Those wishing to testify can sign up beginning at 6 p.m. Testimony is limited to three minutes per person.

The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 in the boardroom of the Parham Building. No public testimony will be taken at the workshop.

The board is scheduled to adopt the budget Feb. 18 and forward it the county executive as part of the county budget.

The school board will then reconcile its budget with the county-proposed budget at its June 17 meeting.

Information: 410-222-5312.

Nominations panel meets

The School Board Nominating Commission of Anne Arundel County will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, West Campus, Cade Building Room 219.

The public is welcome to attend, but no public testimony will be accepted during the administrative meeting.


Meeting with legislators

Anne Arundel County middle and high school students will meet with area legislators tomorrow as part of a program to keep the lawmakers abreast of their views on youth-related bills.

The students are members of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils, Anne Arundel County Public Schools' coalition of middle and high school student governments. At the group's monthly General Assembly meetings, the students take positions on issues regarding legislation and Board of Education policies.

CRASC will hold Meet the Legislators Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Anne Arundel County Caucus Room of the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis.

There, students will talk to legislators about proposed legislation and other issues concerning their schools.

Student board member

High school juniors interested in becoming a student member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education can attend an information meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Parham Building, Center III, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.

The county student member is the only one nationwide with full voting rights. Student applicants must be in good academic standing.

The nomination process for the 2009-2010 school year opens Feb. 11. A candidate will be chosen by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils March 11 and sent to the governor, who makes the appointment.

Information: 410-222-5405.

St. John's history talks

St. John's College is holding the 2008-2009 Maryland History Lecture Series with the theme "Exploring Our Roots," focusing on different facets of Maryland history.

The lectures, free and open to the public, will be held at 8:15 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, unless noted otherwise. Each lecture will be preceded by a candlelight dinner at 7:15 p.m. in Randall Hall and must be paid in advance. Individual dinner/lectures are $30. Full-series subscribers are guaranteed reservations. To make dinner reservations (at least five days in advance) call 410-626-2507 or e-mail

Remaining history lectures are:

* Jan. 20: "Anne Arundel's Lost Town Archaeological Project, an Update," by Al Luckenback, Anne Arundel County archaeologist.

* Feb. 17: "Abraham Lincoln comes to Annapolis: the Hampton Roads Peace Conference," by Willard Mumford, chair of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation Inc.

* March 17: "The Remarkable Acquisitions of the United States Naval Academy Museum," by James Cheevers, Naval Academy Museum associate director.

Brooklyn Park classes

The Bay Theatre Studio of Annapolis is joining with the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park to offer acting classes for all ages in the northern end of the county starting the first week of February.

Classes will be sponsored by the professional Bay Theatre Company and held at CAC, 194 Hammonds Lane. Available programs include:

* "Kinder Theatre" for ages 5-7 is a child's introduction to theater through imagination exercises.

* "Welcome to Theatre" for ages 7-10 is a theater introduction focusing on improvisation, concentration and sensory awareness.

* "Stage Combat" for ages 7-10 teaches the safe techniques of stage fighting and combat.

* "Make-Up Design" for ages 10-14 covers the history and application of stage make-up, both realistic and fantastical.

* "Create a Play" for ages 12-15 introduces aspects of plot, character construction and narrative development for young writers.

* "Acting for Adults" for 18 and older teaches the basics of acting techniques and skills.

The CAC also offers classes in a variety of performing and visual arts that are starting now to Feb. 2.

Information: 410-636-6597.

Top teachers nominations

Annapolis and the Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce are accepting nominations for the 2009 Excellence in Education awards that recognize the county's top public and private teachers.

One public school and one private school nominee will be named Teacher of the Year for their respective sectors.

The Public School Teacher of the Year will represent the county in the state competition.

Nomination forms are available in all county public and private schools, or by visiting the chamber's Web site, Deadline for teacher nominations to the chamber office is 4 p.m. Feb. 27.

Criteria for nominees include: A minimum of five years' teaching experience; demonstrated respect for and from students, parents, community and colleagues; ability to speak to large audiences on education issues and the importance of the teaching profession.

The Excellence in Education program also recognizes outstanding school-business partnerships. Nomination forms for business partnerships and innovative programs are available through the chamber office in Annapolis.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 27.

All eligible teacher nominees and all nominated businesses and innovative programs will be honored, and winners will be announced at an awards dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 23 at the BWI Marriott. Information: 410-266-3960.

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