The good news from the county school system We often...


June 04, 2000

The good news from the county school system

We often hear about the challenges facing the Carroll County public school system.

While I understand it is important for this information to be shared with the public, I believe it is equally important to share the positive things taking place every day in our classrooms throughout the school system.

We can take pride in the fact that the Carroll County school system is one of the top performing systems in the state, according to the Maryland School Performance Program Report.

In the 10 years since the Maryland State Department of Education started this program, our school system's results have ranked among the top four counties in Maryland.

Additionally, Carroll County students consistently score above state and national averages on the SAT and other standardized tests.

Our school system has one of the lowest dropout rates and highest attendance rates in Maryland. More than 72 percent of our students attend college or a specialized school after graduation.

Carroll County has more alternative programs used as models than any other school system in Maryland. We have the state's highest rate for passing the GED exam.

Our staff has been recognized for their performance.

For example, Carroll County has had five Presidential Award winners in the areas of science and mathematics.

Seven out of the last 12 Maryland English Teachers of the Year have been from our school system and two Carroll County teachers have received the Milken National Educator Award.

In April we also learned that the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals named Westminster High School Principal Sherri-Le Bream Principal of the Year.

Our educational programs, schools and students are recognized statewide and nationally for their high standards and innovative approaches.

Our auto service technology program at South Carroll High School has received the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Career and Technology Education Programs in Maryland.

Sykesville Middle School is the recipient of the Maryland Green School Award in recognition of its achievements in environmental education.

The Maryland State Department of Education recognized South Carroll High School and Sandymount Elementary School as Blue Ribbon Schools.

In addition, Mt. Airy Middle School has been named as an honorable mention Blue Ribbon School. The Blue Ribbon School program is the only statewide recognition program for outstanding schools and only eleven schools are selected each year to receive this honor.

Just recently, Jason Teegadin, a student at the Gateway School, received the 2000 Prudential Spirit of Community Award for completing 1,798 hours of student service and the show choir from North Carroll High School was awarded a silver medal at the "Music Maestro Please, New York" competition.

Earlier in the year the school system was the recipient of the governor's Crime Prevention Award. This was the first time in the 20 years this award has been presented that an entire school system has been recognized.

Three county schools are also among the eight in Maryland to receive "superior" ratings in a state survey performed by the Department of General Services for the Interagency Committee on School Construction.

These are just a few examples of the awards and honors that the Carroll County public school system has received because of its dedicated staff, outstanding students and supportive parents and community and business partners.

By working together to support education in Carroll County, we can continue to achieve this kind of success.

C. Scott Stone, Hampstead

The writer is president of the Board of Education of Carroll County

No apology needed for Tuskegee study

The Sun Journal article regarding nations apologizing for various acts in the past included a paragraph on the Tuskegee syphilis study, in which President Clinton apologized to elderly blacks who were "grievously wronged" by being left untreated ("Nations try saying, `We're sorry' ," May 7).

The article also included a picture whose caption indicated that the research actually infected the participants.

Both the apology and the caption were wrong.

The record needs to be set straight, especially since The Sun has repeatedly, and mistakenly, over the years referred to this study as an example of callous disregard for human life.

The facts, in brief are these.

In 1932, the year the study began, there was no effective treatment for syphilis at any stage.

The Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins University, a world leader in the study of venereal disease, recognized that the treatment of even the early stages of syphilis (which at the time consisted of injections of heavy metal mercury compounds and arsenicals weekly for two years) was probably of no use and there was no effective treatment at all for its later stages.

The study was begun in 1932 in Tuskegee, Ala., where the incidence of syphilis among rural black farmers was especially high.

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