Receipts from school fund-raisers for 1992-1993 year total $1.36 million

April 14, 1994|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer

Fund-raising efforts sponsored by local schools in the 1992-1993 school year have brought in more than $1.36 million, according to a report scheduled to be presented at today's school board meeting.

The car washes, bake and T-shirt sales, bull and oyster roasts, and book fairs resulted in a profit of about $725,000 to finance such things as proms, playground equipment and encyclopedias, the report says.

Elementary schools grossed close to $625,000 and made an average profit of almost $12,000 per school. The highest profit, $22,700, was at Clemens Crossing, which held six fund-raisers, including two gift-wrap sales and two spring fairs.

Elementary schools held an average of four fund-raisers each last year, and two schools, Longfellow and Hammond, held eight each.

The number of elementary schools reporting fund-raising activities fell last year, to 23 from 30 out of 31 the previous year.

Eight other schools failed to report results of their fund-raisers. The school board requires that all fund-raising activities be recorded within 30 days of the activity, but in the past, no action has been taken against schools that fail to report.

Nine out of 14 middle schools reported fund-raising activities that grossed a total of more than $243,000, with an average profit per school of $9,700.

Of the middle schools that reported their fund-raising activities, Mayfield Woods had the most, eight, including book fairs, an auction and a flea market.

Owen Brown, which reported the highest profit among middle schools, made $25,000 last year for the PTA and to pay for other school-related expenses. Owen Brown conducted three money-making activities -- two magazine sales and a candy-gram sale.

Six of the eight county high schools and the Howard County School of Technology grossed a total of more than $475,000 to earn money for class events, trophies, uniforms and band expenses, among other items. The average profit per school was $41,800. Glenelg made the most, $64,000.

It is unclear whether the high schools' booster and drama clubs submitted records of their fund-raising activities, the report said. Those clubs conduct significant fund-raising at the high school level.

Among other items on the agenda for today's meeting is a report on the status of special education.

That report says the county school system has more than 4,200 special education students this school year. Two-thirds of the students have speech or language impairments, or specific learning disabilities. Others are seriously emotionally disturbed, autistic, mentally retarded or have other conditions.

The report, to be presented by Sandra Marx, director of special education, points to progress in placing disabled students in general classrooms under a plan adopted in 1992.

Among the improvements cited are increased staff development and more assistants in classrooms to help teachers.

"I think we're making good progress," Ms. Marx said. "We still have lots to do. We recognize that, but it's one foot in front of the other."

The Board of Education meets at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Call 313-7197 for more information.

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