County school board opts against appeal of electives...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

September 20, 2001

County school board opts against appeal of electives decision

The county school board decided last night not to appeal a state Board of Education decision that requires all middle schoolers to take fine arts, health and physical education every year.

Board President Carlesa Finney asked schools Superintendent Carol S. Parham to present the board with options that will meet the state's order while preserving the county's initiative to double the amount of time spent on reading each day.

The county must implement the state's order by January. The state got involved after parents argued against replacing electives like arts and physical education with extra reading time.

State approves purchase of land for preservation

The state Board of Public Works approved yesterday the purchase of 615 acres of undeveloped land in Anne Arundel County that would be preserved and used for recreation.

Last month, state and county officials announced the planned purchase of the property, which is on the Patuxent River and includes the archaeological remains of a large Native American fishing village.

In June, state officials criticized the county for failing to spend $3.2 million reserved for farmland preservation, and denied the county additional money for the current fiscal year.

Five students injured in school bus accident

Five Old Mill High School students suffered minor injuries when their school bus collided with a car yesterday morning, county officials said.

The five girls, ages 13 to 17, were released from North Arundel Hospital after being treated for bumps and bruises, neck pain and headaches, police said. The bus, operated by J.B. Edwards Bus Service with 46 students on board, was headed east on Donaldson Avenue in Severn when a four-door sedan pulled out from a 7-Eleven parking lot, police said.

The car's driver, Eric Dwayne Brown, 31, of Glen Burnie, was taken to Maryland's Shock Trauma Center and released last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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