Education Notes Howard County Education

December 28, 1992

Mount de Sales gets new director of development

Michele O'Donnell of Columbia has been named director of development at Mount de Sales Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Catonsville.

Ms. O'Donnell, a graduate of Howard High School, has a bachelor's degree in public administration from Elon College in North Carolina.

She comes to Mount de Sales with experience in hotel management and sales. She is pursuing a master's degree in general administration.

Hickey to present 1994 budget proposal

An overview of the proposed fiscal year 1994 operating budget will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. At that time, Superintendent Michael Hickey, will share details of the proposal with the Board of Education and the public.

The public will have an opportunity to respond during a public hearing scheduled for Feb. 3. If more than 50 people sign up to testify, an additional hearing will be held Feb. 4.

All meetings will be conducted in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Citizens who would like to present testimony are asked to schedule with the secretary for the board, 313-7197, beginning Jan. 4.

Public schools closed for winter vacation

Howard County public schools are closed for teachers and students for winter vacation through Jan. 1.

Offices will be closed Thursday, Friday and Jan. 1. Schools will reopen Monday, Jan. 4.

The Department of Education also reminds community groups that all public school outdoor areas are closed and are not to be used through March 1.

This is done to allow playfields to renew themselves and to prevent turf damage.

Snow emergencies may cancel activities

If a snow emergency plan for Howard County is in effect at 7 a.m. on either Saturday or Sunday or on days schools are scheduled to be closed, all community-sponsored programs and activities will be canceled.

Should a snow emergency plan go into effect after 7 a.m., programs and activities that are in progress may be completed. All others scheduled later will be canceled.

Announcements concerning inclement weather cancellations will be made on the following radio stations: WBAL, WLIF, WTOP and WIYY.

Helping Hands seeks board members

The Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Foundation is seeking several people interested in serving on its board of directors.

Helping Hands creates an additional learning environment for African-American children in Howard County with three programs that are also open to all county residents.

Children in kindergarten through the fifth grade can attend Saturday school from 9 a.m. to noon at Jeffers Hill Elementary School and a six-week summer school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Middle school children are offered "Rights of Passage" classes from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Jeffers Hill.

With a larger board, the nonprofit organization hopes to expand its programs to include high school students.

"We want to insure that black students in Howard County leave (( high school with the grades and skills that will get them into college," said Ionnie R. Butler, Helping Hands president.

The foundation's Saturday Program will hold an open house and early registration for the second session from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Jeffers Hill.

Registration will also be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 9 and 16 at Jeffers Hill. Classes meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays from Jan. 9 to March 27.

Application forms are available at all Howard County schools and through the Black Student Achievement office at the Department of Education. Registration and activity fees are due when registering for the program.

Information: BSA at 313-6806 or Ionnie Butler at (301) 596-7145 or 879-4884.

Schools remind parents of closing procedures

The Howard County public school system is reminding parents of the procedure for emergency closings.

The school system's Office of Transportation works with various government agencies, the weather bureau, state and county police and school personnel from surrounding counties to determine if weather conditions necessitate canceling school.

The decision to close schools or open one or two hours late is based on the condition of area roads and the level of visibility.

The process of checking roads begins around 4 a.m., and any decision to close schools or open late is made approximately by 5:30 a.m., before the first buses begin their routes.

Information is then provided to television and radio stations.

If it becomes necessary to close any school after the school day has begun, announcements will be aired over the same radio and TV stations. Schools closed due to inclement weather or any other emergency situation will reopen at the usual time the following day unless other plans are announced.

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