Schools task force seeks community comment The...

Education Notes

January 30, 2000

Schools task force seeks community comment

The Leadership Committee on School Equity -- a task force created by County Executive James N. Robey and Superintendent of Schools Michael E. Hickey -- is seeking comments on issues of redistricting, open enrollment and accountability in Howard County public schools.

Two of the group's subcommittees -- Accountability and Factors Affecting Equity -- will invite comments at a meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The committee will produce a report on these issues.

Testimony from those who cannot attend the meeting will be accepted until Feb. 5 by e-mail. Send testimony to: Mary Kay Sigaty at or Terry Chaconas at

Education board to hold three budget work sessions

The Howard County Board of Education will hold three public work sessions on the superintendent's proposed fiscal year 2001 operating budget at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 8, 10 and 15 in the board room at the Department of Education, 109010 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The Feb. 10 work session will be held during the evening session of a board meeting, which begins at 4 p.m.

Information: 410-313-7197 or 410-313-6682.

Jeffers Hill Elementary to hold open house Feb. 7

Pupils, staff and parents of Jeffers Hill Elementary School, 6000 Tamar Drive, Columbia, will celebrate the school's 25th birthday with an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 and a program at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Information: 410-313-6872.

Center offers workshop for child care providers

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center, a program of the Department of Citizen Services, will offer a free workshop for directors and owners of child care centers on working with teacher staff, "The Basics of Teacher Clinical Supervision," from 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Howard County Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-1927.

PTA Council to meet Feb. 7 in Ellicott City

The PTA Council of Howard County will hold a general meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Rooms A and B of the Board of Education Building, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Howard High to hold Back to School Night

Howard High School's Back to School Night will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the school auditorium, 8700 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108).

Information: 410-313-2867.

Groups planning forums for school board candidates

Howard County residents will have several opportunities to meet the 18 school board candidates who will face off in the primary March 7.

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor two forums, from 8: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 and 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 23. Both will be at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Ilchester Elementary School's PTA will hold a forum for school board candidates at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the elementary school, 4981 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

TV station, museum sponsor oratory contest

WJZ-TV 13 and the Baltimore Museum of Art, in conjunction with Sojourner-Douglass College, is sponsoring a Salute to Heritage Oratory Contest for students in grades 9 through 12, in honor of Black History Month and the accomplishments of African-American leaders. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 10.

Contestants must write an essay on one of the quotes:

"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." -- W. E. B. DuBois

"Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences." -- Marcus Garvey

"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for today." -- Malcolm X

The essay must contain an opening thesis supported by examples and a conclusion, and be typed and double-spaced. Only one entry per student is permitted.

Cash awards are $300 for first place; $200 for second; and $100 for third.

Entries should be mailed to 2000 Black History Month/Salute to Heritage Oratory Contest, c/o WJZ 13, 3725 Maiden Ave., Baltimore 21211.

Information: 410-578- 7571.

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