WESTMINSTER — Carroll school staff will present the Board of Education today with a five-year plan for school improvement, culled from the recommendations of a 70-member task force of parents, teachers, administrators and others.
A staff committee has reviewed the task force's recommendations, which included reducing the student-teacher ratio, strengthening math skills, and promoting a strong working relationship with parents and the community.
The recommendations, unveiled last fall, were prioritized by the board before the staff's review.
Superintendent R. Edward Shillinghas said he wants to implement a five-year improvement plan, beginning July 1.
At the meeting, Brian Lockard, assistant superintendentof instruction, will announce Carroll's Teacher of the Year, selected from nominations from parents, teachers and administrators.
In selecting the Teacher of the Year, a committee reviewed each nominee'sphilosophy of education, professional and community involvement.
Four Liberty High School graduates who served in the Persian Gulf Warwill lead the pledge of allegiance at the meeting, which begins at 9a.m. at Liberty in Eldersburg.
WATER SYSTEM FLUSHED
WESTMINSTER -- The City Department of Public Works Water Department personnel will be flushing the water system 7 to 11 p.m. May 13, 14 and 15.
Residents may experience low pressure or slightly dirty water.
Affected areas will be Furnace Hills, Wakefield, Avondale and Carroll Lutheran Village.
PARKING IS RESTRICTED
WESTMINSTER -- The City Department of Public Works will restrict parking along West Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue today and tomorrow to plant trees along those streets.
The affected areas are:
* West Main Street: eastbound (south side), 5 a.m.- 5 p.m. today; and westbound (north side), 5 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow.
* Pennsylvania Avenue: southbound (west side), 5 a.m.- 5 p.m. today; and northbound (east side), 5 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow.
Residents should notethat these times and dates are in addition to the regularly scheduled parking restrictions for street cleaning. The difference is that NoParking will be enforced for the entire business day, rather that just early morning hours as normal.
SPEAK OUT ON BUDGET
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Commissioners will sponsor two public information sessions on the county's fiscal year 1992 proposed budget from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Room 300A of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St.
The commissioners and Management and Budget Department staffs will be available to answer questions on the proposed spending plan.
The commissioners will have a public hearing on the proposed budget at 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the auditorium of Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.
Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing must register in the lobby at 6:45 p.m. The record will remain open for written comments for 10 days after the hearing.
The commissioners will adopt the fiscal 1992 budget, which is effective July 1, at 2 p.m. May 30 in Room 300A of the County Office Building.
A sign interpreter for hearing impaired citizens will be available at the public hearing.
PAY THOSE TAXES NOW
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County residents with unpaid real property tax bills are reminded that May 17 is the deadlinefor taxes to be paid before additional fees will be assessed.
After that date, the cost of a title exam, up to $165 per account, will be added to tax bills. Title examination is required so that other parties interested in a property other than those listed on the tax roles can be notified of the sale.
In addition, advertising costs associated with giving notice of the sale must be paid with the taxes and will be assessed as of May 17.
MAINTAIN SEPTIC SYSTEMS
BALTIMORE -- Maryland Secretary of the Environment Robert Perciasepe reminded all county septic system owners that spring is an ideal time to ensure that their systems are environmentally safe.
"About one in five Marylanders relies on septic systems for disposing of waste water," said Perciasepe. "Propermaintenance of septic systems makes economic sense and is one way individual citizens can help clean up the Chesapeake Bay."
As the end of the rainy season approaches, certain conditions may indicate a septic system in need of maintenance. Water pooling over a system's drainage field or a patch of unusually green grass are indications thata system needs servicing.
"Septic system owners should inspect their systems periodically and have them pumped out at least every three years," Perciasepe said. "A properly maintained system can dispose of household wastes in an environmentally safe manner. A failing system can release pollutants into ground water, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay."
According to 1980 census data, 10,803 of the 32,055 residences in Carroll County are served by septic systems. About 5 percent of the 293,000 systems in the state may be failing.