The County Commissioners have signed an intent to purchase 51.6 acres for $1.86 million to be used in the expansion of the runway at Carroll County Regional Airport.
The county will pay 5 percent -- or $92,950 -- of the cost for acquiring property on the west side of Littlestown Pike (Route 97) from C. Elmer Fritz. The Federal Aviation Administration pays 90 percent and the state pays 5 percent of land acquisition costs.
The FAA granted the county $2.6 million earlier this year earmarked for the airport expansion project. The runway will be lengthened to accommodate larger aircraft and increased traffic.
CCC PRESENTS PLAN
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Community College has presented its Facilities Master Plan, which outlines future building projects and education goals, to the County Commissioners.
Alan M. Schuman, CCC's interim director, said county approval is necessary before presenting the plan to the state Board of Community Colleges by Dec. 31.
BOARD DEBATES PLAN
The County Board of Education today will begin discussing the 71-school improvement recommendations made by a 70-member task force composed of parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders.
The task force, which was formed earlier this year and released its blueprint for improvement in October, made recommendations pertaining to student achievement, parent/community involvement, life skills, structure and delivery of programs and services, vocational/career readiness and technology.
The recommendations include reducing the student-teacher ratio, strengthening math literacy, promoting a strong working relationship with parents and community, improving the relationship between the board and the County Commissioners, exploring the options of expanding school programs and services to include more part-time, evening and Saturday courses and expanding business/community/education partnerships.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Room 271 of the Board of Education office. The board has slated one hour for discussion of the task force plan.
Also on the board's agenda is consideration of a ban on toy or look-alike weapons. The district, which already has a ban on weapons, wants to extend that policy as further protection for staff and students, school officials said.