School budget to be presented at board meeting...

Education Notes

January 14, 2001

School budget to be presented at board meeting

Superintendent Carol S. Parham will unveil her proposal for the county school system's 2001-2002 operating budget at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at school system headquarters on Riva Road in Annapolis.

Board members also are scheduled to decide what to do about fixing up four aging schools: Tracey's, Marley and Ferndale elementaries and Marley Middle. Board members have twice reviewed feasibility studies on the four schools and are to vote on whether to renovate or tear down and replace them.

Ferndale Elementary is one of the county's oldest and smallest schools, and some parents there fear the school board may decide to shut it down.

Two public budget hearings will be held before the board approves a spending plan - at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in the auditorium of Old Mill High School in Millersville and at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the school system headquarters.

Training to be offered for avoiding Internet crime

Anne Arundel Community College and Windermere Group LLC of Annapolis, a company specializing in technology solutions in areas including electronic crime, have formed a partnership to offer training in avoiding, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cybercrime.

The college and Windermere created the Maryland Cybercrime Center of Excellence to offer instruction in using high-tech products and services in prevention and prosecution of such crime as fraud, theft, espionage and malicious activities conducted through or on commercial and public information and telecommunications systems. The center will offer both degree and certificate programs and half-day and full-day seminars and workshops.

Those invited to take the training programs include members of the legal profession; law enforcement personnel; business, Internet, security and computer systems professionals; and people wishing to enter the new field of cybercrime investigation. Free informational sessions on the programs are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 at Windermere, 401 Defense Highway, where the center will be based. For reservations or information, call AACC at 410-541-2942.

Kindermusic program planning an open house

Parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers and see a free demonstration of music classes for children in a Kindermusic program open house from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 27 in the Johnson Building Room 107 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

Teachers will present four classes, starting with "Kindermusic Village" at 9 a.m. for infants to 18-month-olds and a 10 a.m. presentation of "Kindermusic Our Time" for 18 months to age 3.

At 11 a.m., parents will have the choice of two classes, "Growing with Kindermusic" for ages 3 to 5 and "Kindermusic for the Young Child" for ages 4 to 7.

Information: 410-541-2325.

Workshop to help explain students' scores on PSAT

Anne Arundel high school students who took the PSAT in October and their parents are invited to a free workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Old Mill High School in Millersville to help them understand test scores.

The school district paid for thousands of students to take the exam, a precursor to the SAT.

The workshop, featuring Martha Gagnon, an education consultant with the College Board, will provide information to help students make high school course decisions and plan for college and careers.

She also will discuss the SAT, including how to prepare for the exam, how the tests are scored and what the scores mean.

Students who took the PSAT are asked to bring their score reports, but all sophomores and juniors are invited to attend.

Transfer scholarships offered for female students

The American Association of University Women's Severna Park branch is offering two $1,500 transfer scholarships for female students at Anne Arundel Community College who will be entering an accredited college or university in their junior year.

Each recipient must plan to attain a bachelor's degree and have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, present evidence of financial need, been active as a volunteer and be a resident of Anne Arundel County.

The application deadline is April 1 and will be followed by personal interviews with questions based on the student's educational and professional plans. The winners will be notified by May 1.

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Severna Park AAUW branch through donations and its annual book sale.

For information, contact the financial aid office at Anne Arundel Community College at 410-541- 2203, or Barbara Marder, AAUW scholarship chairwoman, at 410-315-7030.

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