Don't Choke The Trees

Carroll capsule

July 14, 1991

WESTMINSTER — The Carroll County Office of Environmental Services wants to make citizens residing in new housing developments aware of the danger of leaving trees staked for an extended period of time.

Staking provides support when trees are first planted, guarding against toppling andallowing the tree an opportunity to establish anchoring roots beyondthe root ball.

As the tree grows, it will expand into the wires until it is choked to death.

Wiring should be removed one year after planting. Wooden stakes can be slowly pulled out of the ground or cleanly broken off at ground level and discarded.

Developers and landscape contractors are not responsible for the removal of stakes.

Information: 857-8123.


The Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.will be delivering its new Westminster directory through July 24.

New in this year's book is information on recycling. Two pages in the community interest section contain a list of recycling locations throughout the county and information on what items can be recycled at the various locations.

Highlighted on the directory's cover are photographs depicting recreational activities around Maryland. The backcover carries a map defining the area served by the directory.

The Westminster directory includes listings for Hampstead, New Windsor,Silver Run, Taneytown, Union Bridge, Westminster and nearby Littlestown, Pa.

The directory will be supplemented by an Error CorrectionList for any incorrect listings that are reported to C&P. Customers have until Aug. 26 to contact the business office to report an incorrect or incomplete listing in either the white or yellow pages.

A list of corrected names and numbers will be printed and sent to all area customers.

Information: (301) 694-4911.


The lengthy list of Carroll school system accomplishments presented to the Board of Education will be the last of its kind, according to Brian L. Lockard, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Next year's report will present student achievement outcomes, reflecting implementation of the district's five-year school improvement plan, which includes Maryland School Performance Program requirements, Lockard said.

The report will answer the question, "Did we we make a difference in student achievement?" he said.

The locally initiated school improvement program, developed from the recommendations of a task force of teachers, parents, business and community leaders, focuses on boosting student achievement, life skills and vocational career awareness.

However, the 1990-1991 report, presented to the board lastweek, remains the most important document school officials will review this year, Lockard said. It includes pages of accomplishments in several categories, such as school improvement, curriculum, personnel,staff development, management, guidance, community relations, financial and health safety.

"We're in the business of making sure all students are successful," Lockard said.

Among the accomplishments of the past school year were the implementation of an Even Start family literacy program, which combines adult education, parenting education and early childhood education. The purpose of the program is to improve the basic skill levels of parents to enable them to serve as their children's first teacher and at the same time improve their own education level.

Other accomplishments ranged from renaming the county's vo-tech school to the Carroll County Career and Technology Center to expanding clubs and after school programs at various schools.

Highlighting achievements in each of the categories were administrative heads, such as Peter B. McDowell, directory of secondary schools; Dorothy D. Mangle, director of elementary schools; William R. Rooney, director of personnel and Cynthia A. Little, supervisor of guidance.

Besides accepting that report, the school board approved goals for the 1991-1992 school year. They include meeting or exceeding the state's satisfactory standards on the Maryland functional tests in reading, math, writing and citizenship next year.

In addition, the goals include making progress in developing or modifying the curriculum to enable students to meet or exceed the state's Criterion Referenced Test requirements in language arts, math, science and social studies by 1992.


The Carroll school board appointedPamela J. Ayres of Columbia as principal of Eldersburg Elementary School, succeeding Richard Hanson, who resigned at the end of the school year.

Ayres, formerly principal at Charles Carroll Elementary School, has taught Winfield and William Winchester elementary schools and served as an assistant principal at William Winchester.

The board appointed Robert C. Bruce of Westminster as principal of Charles Carroll, replacing Ayres. Bruce is an assistant principal in the Howard County school system, where he has worked for 13 years.

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