Board of Education to hold hearings on new budget...

Education Digest

January 09, 2002

Board of Education to hold hearings on new budget, calendar

The Board of Education of Howard County will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

During the evening session, which is to begin at 7:30 p.m., public hearings will be held on the proposed 2002-2003 school calendar and on the proposed site for a 12th high school, scheduled to open for the 2005-2006 school year. Superintendent John R. O'Rourke will present his proposed fiscal year 2003 operating budget.

Both sessions will begin with a forum, during which members of the public can address the board on any topic. Advance sign-up is requested. Those who want to testify at the public hearings can sign up by calling 410-313-7194 or at the time of the hearing, and are asked to provided 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of their presentation.

For information about the site for the 12th high school: staff architect Cathleen Young, 410-313-6704.

Columbia Council taking scholarship applications

The Columbia Council is accepting applications for its Spirit of Columbia Scholarship, awarded each year to Columbia high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to performing community service. Up to six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Applications, which must be received by March 1, are available at local high schools, Columbia community centers and Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 410-715-3166.

Kiwanis of Ellicott City to award scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City will award a $12,000 college scholarship to a senior graduating from a Howard County public school. The scholarship, to be awarded in the spring, will be paid over four years while the student is attending college.

The application deadline is March 15. A panel of representatives from each Howard County high school and the Kiwanis Club will review the applications and announce the winner May 15.

Information is available from high school guidance departments.

Ideas sought for classes for senior citizens

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Senior Adult Program Section, is accepting resumes and class proposals from instructors to teach visual and performing arts to senior citizens in the spring or fall.

Resumes and proposals should be sent to Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Senior Adult Program Section, Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia 21044.

Information: Terry Hilton, 410-313-7311.

Training on using Internet is available at libraries

The Howard County Public Library offers one-on-one training in using the Internet to help with homework for children, ages 7 and older, and their parents. The program, which can be tailored to the needs of students, is called "Mouse in the House: Family Web Surfing."

Sessions for children can be scheduled at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City (410-313-1955); Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd. (410-313-5085); and Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane (410-880-5978). A 30-minute hands-on orientation session about searching the Internet and the library's online catalog can be scheduled at participants' convenience, and will be geared to the students' interests, needs and levels of experience.

Information or to schedule a session: the Miller, Elkridge and Savage branch libraries; or the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, 410-313-7850; Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, 410-313- 5577; or east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, 410-313- 7700.

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