The Board of Education delayed voting yesterday on a proposal that would have dramatically increased the cost of summer camp programs.
Although the prices for this year's camps already have been raised as high as $550 for one nine-day session on the Chesapeake Bay, the board postponed making those costs permanent.
"I would really like to see (different) levels of camps being offered," said board President Nancy Gist. "Maybe I don't want $550 worth of Chesapeake Bay instruction."
Dennis Younger, executive director of curriculum, said the increased costs would allow the programs to pay for themselves, saving the school system about $100,000. About $30,000 in assistance money would remain available.
Younger said foreign language camps at the board's Arlington Echo facility on the south shore of the Severn River have been canceled for the summer because not enough people have registered. The price for a five-day French, Spanish or German camp rose from $90 to $200.
"We would have to assume that price was involved," he said.
The cost for a nine-day session on the Chesapeake Bay has risen from $210 to $550. Some band camps cost as much as $290,compared to $145 last year.
In other business yesterday:
* Board members reviewed a proposal that wouldincrease the cost of school lunches by 10 cents, to $1.10. The priceof milk would go up 5 cents, to 30 cents.
"We have the lowest price for milk in the state," said Ron Beckett, assistant superintendentfor food services.
Beckett said the school food program does not receive any county money. For the current school year, the program isexpected to receive $2.6 million in federal and state aid.
Without those price increases, Beckett said, the program is expected to lose $147,000 this year and $333,000 next year.
* Carolyn Roeding, president of the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs, said her group plans to lobby the county for money to install sidewalks in the Green Haven area, the site of several accidents.
Roeding said two children have been hit by cars on Outing Avenue, and two more on Catherine Avenue. Three were elementary school students and one was a middle-school student.
Last May, a 5-year-old boy playing on Catherine Avenue was killed when hit by a car.
"Every precaution should be taken to protect our children," she said, "even if it means temporary door-to-door (bus) service until permanent solutions can be provided."