Frigid weather closes schools through week

January 20, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Freezing weather and ice left over from a winter storm yesterday prompted the Anne Arundel County Board of Education to close the county's 120 schools for the rest of the week.

"Many of the roads that buses use are still covered with ice, and they aren't safe," said Nancy Jane Adams, a school spokeswoman.

Of the system's 69,000 students, about 47,000 are transported to school each day on 428 buses, she said.

Students had been scheduled to take the Maryland Functional Citizenship Test this week -- one of the four tests students must pass to graduate from high school.

Those exams will be rescheduled, and students will be informed of the new test dates when they return to school Monday, said Ms. Adams.

The county school board did not reschedule the meeting it canceled last night. The board was to have received the acting superintendent's proposed 1994-1995 budget.

Ms. Adams also announced the cancellation of tonight's special-education and Citizens Area Council meeting that had been scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education building on Riva Road.

For questions regarding the CAC meeting, call Irene Paonessa at 222-5410.

The county school board's next regularly scheduled meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at the school system headquarters at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The school board will take public testimony on next year's budgets.

The proposed capital budget, used for school construction, is $77 million, including state and county funds. The budget allocates money for 40 projects.

The operating budget initially proposed last week by acting Superintendent Carol S. Parham totaled $414.2 million.

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