In Baltimore County Board of Education to vote tomorrow...

City/County Digest

February 21, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

TOWSON — In Baltimore County

Board of Education to vote tomorrow on spending plan

TOWSON -- The county Board of Education likely will vote to approve a $744 million spending plan for the 2000-01 school year at a meeting tomorrow.

During a recent budget hearing, school board members heard parents and teachers ask for more money to hire special education teachers and school counselors. School librarians requested more money to update high school libraries.

School administrators recently added about $1 million to the proposed budget to cover personnel expenses and minority achievement initiatives that will cost $145,500. The budget must be approved by the County Council before July 1, when the new fiscal year begins.

Council sets vote tomorrow on master plan, firefighters

TOWSON -- The County Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on measures that will affect both the shape of the fire department and the future of the county for the next 10 years.

Council members have been asked to approve an early retirement package for firefighters that aims to reduce the number of deputy chiefs from five to two, and the number of battalion chiefs from 30 to 15. County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger intends to use the expected $825,000 savings to fund four medic units.

The council also will vote on a master plan that spells out goals for the next 10 years. A vote had been scheduled in December but was delayed after residents complained that they didn't have enough time to study the proposed amendments.

Bank of America tutors pupils in math, reading

GOLDEN RING -- Volunteers with Bank of America are working with Golden Ring Middle School sixth-grade pupils, tutoring them once a month in reading and basic mathematics.

Between meetings, pupils promise to study both subjects on their own. Volunteers are responsible for calling pupils between meetings to make sure they are progressing.

Information: 410-887-0130.

In Baltimore City

Public hearing to be held on federal grant spending

City housing officials are asking residents for advice on how to spend $46.5 million in federal grants.

The public hearing on the five-year plan will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Board of Estimates room on the second floor of City Hall.

Federal programs to be addressed are Community Development Block Grants, funds for multifamily development, housing for persons with AIDS and emergency shelter grants for the homeless.

21 groups receive grants up to $750 to hold events

The Baltimore NeighborGood Program has awarded grants to 21 community and other groups to be used for events ranging from parades to fairs and marathon races.

Each of the nonprofit groups received grants of up to $750. The program, run by the Baltimore Office of Promotion, is sponsored by TCI Communications of Baltimore, the city's cable television provider.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion is accepting applications for grants for events to be held between July 1 and Dec. 31. The deadline is June 16. Information: 410-752-8632.

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