Residents can speak to school board about pest-control...


January 24, 2001

Residents can speak to school board about pest-control program

The Howard County Board of Education will hear comments on the school system's integrated pest management program at a public hearing during the evening session of its regular board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Speakers should limit presentations to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of testimony at the hearing. To sign up, contact the executive assistant to the board at 410-313-7197.

The school system's integrated management program uses preventive strategies and alternatives to pesticide application to control insects, rodents and weeds. When pesticides are deemed to be necessary, those with the least possible toxicity are used.

The afternoon session, at 4 p.m., and the evening meeting will begin with a Listening Post, during which members of the public can address the board on any topic. No signup is required.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the superintendent's proposed fiscal year 2002 operating budget at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 during a public hearing in the boardroom. Speakers should call 410-313-7197 to sign up or sign up at the hearing. Fifteen copies of the testimony are requested at the hearing.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Resource center to hold preschool, child care fair

"Children On Board," a preschool and child care information fair sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Child Care Resource Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Columbia Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road.

Information on child care and preschool programs will be available. Teachers, program directors and representatives of community service organizations that provide programs and services to young children will attend.

The 2001 Early Childhood Eduction Guide will be distributed free to participants. Admission is free. Strollers are not permitted.

Information: 410-313-1940.

Patuxent refuge offers waterfowl workshop

The National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel will offer Conservation on Canvas, an interdisciplinary workshop on waterfowl for teachers of grades K through 12, who want to prepare their students to participate in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The cost is $5. Information: 301-497-5761; TDD, 301-497-5779.

Community college to hold orientation day

Howard Community College will hold a student orientation day from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on study skills, time management, transfer planning, student life, financial aid, online services and other topics. Sign-in will be in the college's Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information or registration: 410-772-4430.

College board of trustees to meet at 6 p.m. today

The board of trustees of Howard Community College will hold its regular public meeting at 6 p.m. today in Conference Room A225 in the Administration Building.

Information: 410-772-4820.

HCC offering drawing class at county arts center

The Howard County Center for the Arts will be a new satellite location for Howard Community College's course ARTT-109, Drawing I, an introduction to basic drawing techniques. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 31.

The arts center is at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

Registration: 410-772-4856.

To audit the course: 410-313- 2787.

Student exchange program accepting applications

The Columbia Association's Sister Cities Program is accepting applications for its high school student exchange to Columbia's sister cities in France and Spain.

Students spend about two weeks during the summer with the family of a student in Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain. French and Spanish students will visit with their former guests for two weeks the same summer.

The cost is about $1,100, including airfare, food, lodging and activities. Applications are due Feb. 22.

Information or applications: Zenoby Orsten, 410-715-3162.

Board seeks nominations for education award

The Howard County Board of Education has established a Friends of Education Award to honor those who have made exemplary contributions to public education. The award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations for innovative or unique contributions to excellence in teaching and learning.

Nominations - which can be made by any Howard County resident or any member of a group, organization or business in or serving the county - should be returned by Feb. 15 to the executive assistant to the Board of Education, Howard County Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Awards will be presented April 5.

Information or to request a nomination form: 410-313-7197.

If you have a suggestion for an article about education, send an e-mail message to reporter Tanika White at, call the Howard County Bureau of The Sun at 410-715-2821, or send a fax to 410-715-2816.

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