Board Looks At Card

Carroll capsule

May 12, 1991

WESTMINSTER — Carroll County Health Department referral card distributed in high school health classes that mentions condoms, venereal disease testing and pregnancy will be reviewed by the school board.

In response tocomments made by South Carroll parent Jeanne Martin during Wednesdaymorning's school board meeting, the board agreed to review the card and rule on whether its distribution by teachers and other school officials will be allowed.

"We are told over and over by teachers and Carroll County officials that abstinence is what is being taught during this class," Martintold the board, adding that she had found the card on top of a stackof her ninth-grade son's school books. "Yet our students are given acard on which they are told where to get three for free -- three condoms available on a walk-in basis."

Ninth-graders receive about a month of sex education, officials said.

NO NEW SCHOOL FOR TOWN

TheCarroll County school board last week rebuffed pressure from Manchester officials when they decided that a second elementary school for the small North Carroll town was not to be built in the foreseeable future.

In making no changes to their construction master plan, the board said that no new Manchester elementary school would be planned before 1997, and most likely would not be occupied before 1999.

Board members commented that new school construction sites are determined by total projected student enrollments for an entire area -- NorthCarroll, in this case -- rather than an individual town.

The Manchester Town Council had written a letter to the board to exert a little "friendly pressure" to move a new town elementary school up on thepriority list.

Manchester Elementary School, with 958 students, is the largest elementary school in the county. The York Street building's capacity is set at 700.

$4.3 MILLION BID LET

A Hunt Valley contractor has been awarded a $4.3 million bid to construct additions and renovations to the Sandymount Elementary School.

John K. Ruff Inc. of Hunt Valley was the lowest bidder in a field of 12 bidders. The highest bidder came in slightly more than $5 million.

The project includes renovations and additions, as well as new tennis courts, gym equipment and road improvements.

STUDENTS HONORED

The Carroll County school board Wednesday honored a half-dozen Westminster High School students during their regular monthly meeting.

Three studentswere honored in the Future Homemakers of America's Nutrasweek GivingIt 100 percent Award. Theresa Miller, 12th grade, Susanne Robinette and Bridgett Simms, both 11th grade, were given awards. All are members of Future Homemakers of America. Westminster High's FHA was named the state winner in the contest.

Eric Larson, and 11th-grader, participated in the Music Educators' National Conference All Eastern Orchestra in Pittsburgh last month.

Todd Dickensheets, a 10th-grader,won a first place award in the Maryland You Are Beautiful Student Literacy Writing Competition. This year's theme was Say No to Drugs.

Also honored was Staci Ridgely, an 11th graders, who was elected state Vocational Industrial Clubs of America president in March.

BUDGET IS INTRODUCED

DL: SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- Town Manager James L. Schumacher is expected to present the Town Council with a second budget draft for fiscal 1992 at the Town Council meeting 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Town House, 7547 Main St.

If accepted by the council, the budget would be advertised for a public hearing, probably in June.

Also on the agenda is the proposed annexation of 34.5 acres of property on Oklahoma Road. The town's Planning and Zoning Commission approved the annexation last Monday.

A resolution on the annexation wouldbe advertised for a public hearing.

BUDGET ACTION SET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The City Council is expected to act on its controversial budget proposal tomorrow.

The $5.3 million package for the coming fiscal year has drawn fire from citizens and Mayor W. Benjamin Brown because of a request for $1.3 million for additional city government office space.

When added to previous allocations, the total the council would have available for the project under the proposed budget would be $1.6 million.

Critics charge the council should delay financing at least until a $35,000 consultant's study on City Hall space needs is completed. The study findings are expected later this month.

As an offshoot of the proposed budget, the councilis expected to enact a 21 percent sewer rate increase at tomorrow's meeting.

The council is also scheduled to introduce -- and possibly pass as emergency legislation -- revised rules of its own procedural guidelines.

Results of tomorrow's council election are expected to be announced at the meeting. Seven candidates, including two incumbents, are vying for three seats on the council.

The council meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

SPEED LIMIT LOWERED

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

MOUNT AIRY -- The Town Council cut in half the speed limit on Watersville Road near Mount Airy Middle School.

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