Education Digest

EDUCATION NOTES

December 17, 2003

Board of Education to hold meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow

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

The session will begin with a public forum, during which citizens can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

No evening session will be held tomorrow.

Information or to sign up to speak: 410-313-7197 or 410-313- 6682.

Hearing to elicit comment on proposed school site

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 in the boardroom to hear comment on the site proposed for the new western elementary school. The board has given preliminary approval to a 20-acre site on Ten Oaks Road in Dayton.

The hearing will be held during the 7:30 evening session of the regularly scheduled board meeting. The afternoon session is to start at 4 p.m.

Those who want to testify should limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

Information or to sign up: 410-313-7197.

Comments can also be sent, faxed or e-mailed. Letters should be addressed to Sandra H. French, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, 21042, faxed to 410-313-6833 or e-mailed to boe@hcpss.org.

Final action on the proposed site is scheduled for Jan. 22 at the regularly scheduled board meeting.

Information: 410-313-6682.

School calendar hearing is planned for Jan. 8

A hearing on the proposed 2004-2005 school calendar will be held as part of the 7:30 p.m. evening session of the board's regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 8. The public is encouraged to attend.

The calendar will be available for viewing on the school system's Web site, www.hcpss.org.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up: 410-313-7197.

`Images of Freedom' deadline is Friday

In honor of Black History Month, the Columbia Association, in partnership with the Corridor Transportation Corp. and Howard County Office of Public Information, will sponsor "Images of Freedom," a poster contest for Columbia middle and high school students.

Students are asked to interpret the theme, "Images of Freedom." Five entries will be chosen to be displayed during February on the sides of Howard County Transit vehicles.

The artwork should be submitted in a horizontal format on white 8 1/2 -by-11-inch paper and should contain no controversial words. Submissions should include the artist's name, age, school, address and phone number on a separate sheet of paper.

Submit entries by Friday to "Images of Freedom" Poster Contest, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-715-3102.

Textbooks available for review until Jan. 5

All textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in Howard County public schools will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Jan. 5 (except Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1) in the lobby at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Everyone is welcome to review the materials. Forms will be available to express approval or request re-evaluation of the materials.

Information: 410-313-5643.

HCC Musical Arts Center seeks youth choir members

The Musical Arts Center at Howard Community College, a community music school, is accepting registration for a children's choir for ages 6 to 14.

Information: 410-772-4871.

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