After repeated discussions on how to reach the most students using the fewest dollars, the Board of Education is slated to vote today on new criteria for choosing Chapter 1 schools.
During a meeting set to begin at 9 a.m., board members are scheduled to vote on a proposal to offer the remedial math and reading program only in the elementary grades.
Since participation is based on the number of low-income families taking advantage of free lunches at the school, the revised plan urges parents to fill out forms for the free and reduced-cost lunch programs even if they have never done so before.
Board members are also scheduled to decide whether they will participate in the sound abatement program for Glen Burnie Park and Oakwood Elementary with the Maryland Aviation Administration, which operates the Baltimore Washington International airport.
At previous meetings, some of the eight board members have expressed concern that the board might be responsible for such costly byproducts of the noise abatement process as air conditioning the schools and possible asbestos removal.
A vote also is slated for accepting schematic plans for the proposed Meade Middle school. Three architects prepared designs, and board members will determine which one they will accept for the new school serving the Fort Meade area.
Information will also be provided about a new program designed to increase the number of African American and other minority teachers in county schools -- part of a collaborative effort between county schools, Anne Arundel Community College and Bowie State University.
The program is designed to admit high school graduates into a structured program that includes early field experiences in public schools. Students would receive pre-education studies at Anne Arundel Community College then transfer to Bowie State's department of Education.
Other agenda items include:
* An update on the Maryland School Performance program initiated by Gov.
William Donald Schaefer as a comprehensive plan to improve state schools.
* A report on activities at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
*Review of ISIS, the county's integrated computer system.
Board meetings are held in the meeting room at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.