Board Meeting Set

Carroll capsule

August 28, 1991

WESTMENSTER — The Carroll school board will meet 9 a.m. Friday to review and take action on proposed state and local capital improvement budget requests for fiscal year 1993.

The requests will reflect a six-year plan for school construction and renovation derived from the district's Facilities Master Plan, revised by the school board earlier this year.

School officials encourage community attendance and input.

Formal ratification of a one-year contract between the board and the Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,300 eachers, also is expected to take place at the meeting. Teachers ratified the contract last week.

The meeting will be held in Room 271 at the Board of Education office, 55 N. Court St., Westminster.

SAT SCORESON TAP

Carroll school officials will release county Scholastic Aptitude Test scores at a news conference at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

About 50 percent of the district's seniors take the SAT each year. The test, which measures verbal and math skills, serves as both a barometer of student academic success and college readiness.

National averagescores, released Monday, showed verbal scores falling to a record low and math scores declining, as well.

Traditionally, Carroll students have fared well on the test. Last year, however, Carroll studentsfell below both state and national average total scores.

A schoolcommittee has reviewed courses taken by test takers and made severalrecommendations, such as encouraging students to take higher math and English courses, aimed at improving scores.

TEMPORARY JAIL CHOSEN

The commissioners have designated the county public works maintenance center on Meadow Branch Road in Westminster as a temporary holdingfacility for inmates in case of an emergency at the detention center.

The commissioners said Monday the facility could be used on a short-term basis in case the jail on North Court Street in Westminster were rendered uninhabitable by fire, explosion, natural disaster or other reason.

If housing was needed for inmates for longer periods,the Frederick Detention Center could be used as an alternative, theysaid.

The state corrections code mandates that local jurisdictions have an alternative housing plan for prisoners in case of unforeseen circumstances.

"It's such a remote thing, but if it did happen, we'd need a place," said Commissioner President Donald I. Dell.

The maintenance center was chosen because of its size and the fence around its perimeter. Men could be detained in the cafeteria and women in a bunk room.

Assistant Public Works Director Keith Kirschnick said the Sheriff's Department did not give specific answers as to how county employees working at the center would be protected, except thatdeputies would be guarding the building.

The detention center holds about 120 prisoners.

SHERIFF SAVINGS OUTLINED

A county internalaudit recommends that the Sheriff's Department could save $41,000 annually by eliminating unnecessary use of vehicles and leave time accumulated daily by guards.

The audit recommends discontinuing the policy allowing officers to retain patrol vehicles in their possession at all times. The audit determined that about $19,000 in commuting miles could be saved by more carefully allocating the use of the 25 department vehicles. Such a policy change could allow the county to delay the purchase of replacement vehicles, the audit said.

Correctional guards work 8.2-hour shifts, the additional two-tenths of an hour allowing for a transition as one shift relieves another. Guards are awarded compensatory leave for the accrued extra time. The accumulation of leave time costs the county about $22,000 annually, the audit says.

The audit recommends that each guard be required to take a 15-minute meal break each day in place of the accumulated leave time, maintaining 8.2-hour shifts.

HAIFLEY DISMAYED

WESTMINSTER -- CouncilPresident William Haifley took time out during Monday's City Councilmeeting to publicly express dismay with his relationship with Mayor W. Benjamin Brown.

Haifley's prepared statement concerned a meeting Brown had Monday with members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, a session the council president said he learned of by reading newspaper reports.

"Much to my dismay I discovered that Mayor Brown excluded Councilman (Edward) Calwell and myself from any information regarding this meeting," he said. "I feel hurt that Mayor Brown can only share information with his chosen council members."

Brown was on a camping vacation in Pennsylvania and could not be reached for comment.

Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein, who attended the meeting after learning of it, sought to ease Haifley's uneasiness with Brown, saying county officials often deal primarily with mayors on municipal matters.

She called the on-going scrapping between Haifley and Brown, "old business," and said "It's a new council and we're about getting along together."

DATELINE: WESTMENSTER

PROCESS BEGINS

WESTMINSTER -- The City Council voted unanimously to enact legislationMonday setting in motion the process to establish a historic district.

The measure charges the city's Historic District Committee withdrafting final district guidelines and boundaries, and to set up public hearings on the legislation.

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

CITIZEN SUES CITY

WESTMINSTER -- A resident says the city owes him $200 for damage he did to his car while backing out of a parking garage, and he's suing in District Court to get the money.

David H. May damaged his1971 Cadillac by backing into a wall while departing the Gilbert Garage on Main Street last November. The case will be heard Sept. 9.

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

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