WESTMINSTER — United Way grant
The Carroll County Child Care Center will use a $58,000 allocation from United Way of Central Maryland to help cover tuition costs for children whose parents cannot afford the full fees.
The allocation was part of $10.7 million for 1992-1993 distributed by United Way to 130 Central Maryland programs.
Child-care center fees range from $50 a week per child for parents who receive the maximum subsidy to $85 a week without tuition aid. The center currently has 135 children enrolled in three facilities in Westminster and one in Taneytown.
Executive Director Joyce Wendel said charges to parents vary according to family income, number of children and extenuating circumstances such as high medical bills. For example, a family with income of $20,000 a year and two children would pay $55.50 a week per child for day care.
The Carroll center held its own in competition for United Way support. The charitable organization cut allocations by 15 percent overall this year because of reduced donations, but the local day-care center received the same amount as in 1991-1992.
Advisory board to meet
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks Advisory Board meets at 7:30 tonight at the Carroll County Education Center, 495 S. Center St.
The agenda includes a shooting-range committee report and capital budget committee report.
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Starting in September, county employees will be encouraged to share rides to work in an effort to meet a state mandate required by the 1990 Clean Air Act.
Under the act, all employers with 100 or more workers will have to prove by 1996 that the number of their employees who travel to work alone has decreased by 25 percent.
"If you get people to volunteer for something, you're miles ahead than if you force them," said county planning director Edmund Cueman.
Incentives suggested by Darlene DeMario, county commuter transportation coordinator, include setting aside about seven premium parking spaces for car-poolers and ensuring that employees will get a county-paid ride home with Carroll County Cab in case of emergency.
"This is an incentive that is not abused," Ms. DeMario said, adding that Montgomery County, which has had a similar program since 1985, spent only about $40 per year on emergency transportation.
Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy was in favor of the idea, citing a well-received program at Westinghouse. Commissioner Donald I. Dell argued that the program encouraged meddling by the state in county affairs. He said that setting aside special parking places for car-poolers would cause unnecessary conflicts.
Commissioner Julia W. Gouge was not present at the meeting.
"I just wonder where we are going with all of this," Mr. Dell said. "We can take care of ourselves and don't need the government cutting our fingernails for us."
Shilling wins raise
The Board of Education approved a $6,000 raise for Superintendent R. Edward Shilling and a $3,000 raise for Deputy Superintendent Brian Lockard at its meeting last week.
The raises bring Mr. Shilling's salary to $104,626 and Mr. Lockard's to $84,343.
The vote on Mr. Shilling's raise was unanimous, but member Joseph D. Mish Jr. voted against giving Mr. Lockard a raise.
"It certainly has nothing to do with Dr. Lockard," Mr. Mish said. In a year in which employees have received a small raise or no raise, he said he did not feel comfortable creating a new increase for Mr. Lockard, despite his promotion last month from assistant superintendent of instruction.
Other board members said that because of the promotion, the raise was justified.
Mr. Mish said he voted for Mr. Shilling's raise because it was part of the contract signed by the board last year and because he thought Mr. Shilling had done a good job.
In his new position, Mr. Lockard is automatically in charge if Mr. Shilling is out of the county, in addition to the duties he had as assistant superintendent.
Before last month, Mr. Shilling said, he used to alternate that responsibility among a few top administrators.
Board members praised both Mr. Shilling and Mr. Lockard. They said Mr. Shilling's reputation statewide has allowed Carroll County to attract qualified personnel.
"We want him to stay in Carroll County," said board president Cheryl McFalls. "We can be proud of our system."
The amount of Mr. Shilling's raise, she said, was set by the board after discussing his evaluation.
Elementary AC on hold
MOUNT AIRY -- When bids came in over budget, school officials decided to think again about installing air conditioning at Mount Airy Elementary School, said Vernon Smith, director of school support services.
Mr. Smith told the school board last week that he was looking into other types of systems before asking for bids again. The bids on the current proposal were all around $400,000.
In other business, the board: