Charter Group Meeting

January 19, 1992

MANCHESTER — The Carroll County Charter Review Committee will have work sessions 7 to 9 p.m. on each Tuesday in January.

Members will meet at the Eldersburg Library conference room on Jan. 21 and at the Agricultural Extension Offices conference room on Jan. 28.

Public hearings will be in February 7 to 10 p.m. on the followingdates to receive citizen comments. The date and time for a fourth hearing will be announced later.

The hearing on Feb. 4 will be at the Westminster High auditorium, Feb. 11 will be at the Liberty High auditorium and Feb. 18 will be at North Carroll High auditorium.

Information: 857-2030.

PLAN REVIEW REQUESTED

DATELINE: MANCHESTER

TheTown Council asked developer Henry Blevins Tuesday night to review Bachman Road intersection proposals for his 160-unit Blevins Claim housing project.

The single-family homes project has been in the works since late 1988.

Council members want Blevins to review the plans to avoid traffic problems.

In other business, the council learned that Manchester residents recycled more than 7.3 tons of trash in the month of December.

Councilman Geoffrey S. Black reported that, excluding newspapers, the town collected a total of almost 42 tons ofrecyclables during 1991. He said the town will issue a recycling report once the county's recycling policy is in place.

ECONOMICS EDUCATION SET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The combined skills of two alumni have given new life to a 5-year-old program, the Western Maryland College Center for Economic Education.

One of 10 centers around the state sponsored by the Council on Economic Education in Maryland, the WMCbranch specializes in serving non-public schools.

Bruce Damasio, master of education '79, of Ellicott City, Howard County, was chosen to succeed Ethan Seidel, the professor of economics and business who nurtured the center from its inception. Assisting Damasio is Richard Bornemann, Class of '49.

Damasio, who heads the social studies department at Liberty High School, assisted Seidel in the past, as has Bornemann, who directs his own personnel firm, Human Resources Consultants of Towson, Baltimore County. Both Bornemann and Damasio teach part time in WMC's department of economics and in continuing education.

"We're going to take over what Ethan did and build upon it," Damasio said. "It's like a relay race -- he's passed the baton, and we'lltry to take it to the next level, get into the schools and community."

Damasio used another analogy to describe the center's mission:

"If education is a smorgasbord, we're an enriching option. We'll help teachers benefit more during their class time, make them aware ofoptions and strategies for success. To support the classroom teacherand program and to help them succeed is our purpose."

Bornemann and Damasio plan to enter private schools statewide, kindergarten to grade 12, this winter to market what the center has to offer. They will concentrate on schools in Baltimore, plus Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore counties.

"We'll show teachers model lessons, assist them in developing curricula, and provide them guest speakers and materials," Damasio explained. "We're going to be assessing the schools and their needs and let them know that we're alive and kicking and ready to help."

The center's leaders also intend to sponsor programs for teachers on the Western Maryland campus beginning later this year.

"We plan to show them how to use an interactive game in which students can be involved," he said. "We want teachers to seethere are other options than the traditional simulations, other activities that they can use."

The WMC Center for Economic Education receives money from CEEM, while Western Maryland provides office supplies, office equipment, a telephone and office space at 8 Memorial Hall.

SCHOOL PLANS REVIEWED

The Board of Education Construction Committee reviewed several building projects, including ones at Winfield, Mechanicsville and Sandymount schools, with county staff Wednesday.

Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities and planning, said excavation and masonry work is progressing with classroom additions atWinfield Elementary. The first phase of the addition should be readyfor occupancy in the fall.

An addition and renovation project at Sandymount also is moving along, he said. Depending on weather conditions, the school should be ready for occupancy in the fall.

Schoolstaff are proceeding with the design documents for the addition and renovation at Mechanicsville Elementary and Route 32 improvements.

School staff plan to seek bids for the project this summer.

CABLE PROPOSAL STUDIED

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

The town's Cable Commission began review Thursday of a proposed franchise agreement from Frederick Cablevision Inc.

The Town Council is considering whether to ask Frederick Cablevision, which provides cable TV to much of Frederick County, to serve Mount Airy and compete with Prestige Cable TV of Maryland Inc.

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