Public hearing set on superintendent's capital budget...

Education Digest

October 03, 2001

Public hearing set on superintendent's capital budget plans

The public is invited to respond to the superintendent's proposed capital budget for fiscal year 2003 and his proposed capital improvement program for fiscal years 2004-2008 at a Board of Education hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Those who wish to speak should telephone the executive assistant to the board at 410-313- 7197, or sign up at the time of the hearing. Each speaker should provide 15 written copies of his or her testimony at the time of the presentation.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in the boardroom. The meeting will begin with a public forum, during which members of the public may address the board on any topic. No advance sign-up is required.

The evening session of the meeting, which opens at 7:30, begins with a second public forum. The board will also hold a public work session to approve the superintendent's proposed capital spending programs.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Panel on early child care to discuss state offerings

The state's Judy Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing of Early Child Care and Education will hold a public forum on what Maryland should do to improve systems, financing and programs for children, from birth to age 5.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in the cafeteria shared by Dasher Green Elementary and Owen Brown Middle schools, Columbia.

Information: 410-946-5530.

Resource fair set for parents of teens

Wilde Lake High School will be the site of the second SPARKS Community Resource Fair from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. SPARKS is the acronym for Successful Parenting of Adolescents Requires Knowledge and Support. The fair is intended to familiarize parents of teen-agers with community resources and support services that can help them cope with issues that challenge their child's physical and emotional health.

Dr. Daniel Pine will speak about teen-age behavior from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The program will be interpreted for those who are hearing impaired.

A third SPARKS Fair will be held Nov. 12 at Long Reach High School. Rosalind Wiseman will speak about peer pressure and socialization issues teens face.

The fairs are supported by a grant to Howard County General Hospital from the Horizon Foundation's Strategic Initiatives Program.

Information: 410-740-7605.

HCC group to sponsor `Open-Mic Coffeehouse'

Howard Community College's student-alumni art organization, the Performing Arts Group, will hold an "Open-Mic Coffeehouse" at 8 p.m. Friday in the college's main dining room, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Local artists are invited to perform music, poetry, theater or comedy. Tickets are $5 at the door and include light refreshments.

Information: 410-772-4940.

Mentoring program seeks assistance of volunteers

Family and Children's Services seeks volunteers for Promise to Keep, a program that coordinates mentoring relationships for children in Howard County.

Promise to Keep also seeks to link mentors from the business community with schools to help improve student performance. Mentors usually meet weekly with children and commit to maintain the relationship for a calendar or school year.

Family and Children's Services, a nonprofit organization, is at Family Life Center in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia.

Information: Keri Hyde, 410-997- 3557.

Suggestions for education articles may be directed to reporter Tanika White at tanika.white @baltsun.com or to the Howard County Bureau of The Sun, 410- 715-2821; by fax, 410-715-2816.

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