Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 30, 2003

Health department studies whether pupil took wrong medicine

The Anne Arundel County Health Department is investigating whether a health worker in an Annapolis school accidentally gave a 14-year-old pupil a dose of Ritalin, for which the boy did not have a prescription.

The teen-ager, a pupil at J. Albert Adams Academy, an alternative middle school, told Annapolis police Monday morning that he had been given the wrong medication, according to police.

He was taken from the school to Anne Arundel Medical Center to be examined, then was released to his mother, police said. The health department, which provides nurses and assistants to county schools, said the employee involved was a substitute health assistant.

Task force on schools to hold first meeting today

A community task force formed by Anne Arundel County schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith to examine budgetary issues facing the school system will hold its first meeting today.

The group of about 40 community members and business leaders will meet several times over the next 18 months and make recommendations about how the school system can improve operations. It also will try to find new revenue sources.

The task force is headed by Penny Cantwell, vice president of Annapolis-based CommerceFirst Bank, and Clemon H. Wesley of RESPECT, an umbrella group of African-American organizations.

The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carol S. Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

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