Hearings Jan. 26, 28 to focus on the school budget process


January 04, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RIP THE cellophane off that 1998 calendar. This north county resident has two important dates for you to write down this month.

On Jan. 26 and 28, citizens can take part in formulating the Anne Arundel County school budget for the next school year. The school board will hold public hearings, one in the northern part of the county and the other at the opposite end, to hear what residents have to say about paying for public education.

It isn't difficult. I used to be intimidated by these kinds of formal proceedings, until I got involved. And I learned there wasn't anything to be intimidated about.

Debbie Klimczyk, chairwoman of the PTA Legislative Committee Linthicum Elementary School, says, "Please plan to attend the school board budget meetings. We don't need speakers, we only need your attendance. Show your support for money being budgeted for north county's capital projects, money for your child's educational future."

The north county PTAs usually have several people scheduled to speak at the meetings, but a mostly empty room with only a few parents in support of the speaker is less than impressive. A packed room, in contrast, is a sign to the board that north county residents care about their children.

Dress comfortably. Bring grandparents, bring your children, bring neighbors, business partners, anyone who cares about the future of education.

If you are interested in speaking at the hearings, sign up at the meeting.

Last year, red balloons were handed out so that north county parents would be quietly but constantly visible to board members throughout the meeting. This was especially important the meeting in Annapolis where parents from all over the county spoke out about what their schools needed.

For the Jan. 26 meeting, the board will travel to the North County High School auditorium. The Jan. 28 meeting will be at the School Board Building on Riva Road in Annapolis. Both meetings are to begin at 6: 30 p.m.

Information: 410-222-5000.

First column

As this first column illustrates, my major involvement in community life is through the school system. Our first-grader attends Linthicum Elementary School, where I spend some free time volunteering.

I moved to Linthicum Heights 10 years ago via Boston and Baltimore, and I'm hoping to learn more about our community as I talk to you and with you through this column.

Aside from our schools, please tell me what and who you want to know more about. I hope you'll share information, ideas and questions you would like to see answered in this space.

You can reach me through The Sun at 410-315-8900.

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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