Education Notes

Education Notes

March 07, 2004

Board of Education monthly meeting set for Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Two hearings planned on school crowding

The Carroll County Public School System will hold two public hearings to discuss options concerning crowding at North Carroll High School in Hampstead.

The hearings will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the North Carroll High School auditorium at 1400 Panther Drive; and March 16 at Winters Mill High School auditorium, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

School officials are seeking ideas from parents, staff and community leaders on how best to deal with the crowding.

Each hearing will include a brief presentation by the North Carroll High School Over Capacity Alternatives Committee, which will highlight data and issues related to current enrollment and growth projections for the North Carroll and Westminster areas.

Information: 410-751-3229.

Kindergarten registration to be held March 15-19

Registration for kindergarten for the 2004-2005 school year will be held March 15 to 19 at county public elementary schools.

Enrollment in kindergarten is mandatory for children who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 31.

Parents will have to present the following documents at the time of registration:

A copy of their child's birth certificate or other legal document to verify their child's legal name and birth date.

Verification of residence, such as a public utility bill or a lease agreement.

Address from which the child will be transported to school and the after-school address.

Parents are asked to note the changes in birth dates for children entering kindergarten in coming school years. For the 2005-2006 school year, a pupil must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2005. For the 2006-2007 school year, a pupil must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2006.

Parents may register at the school in their attendance area. If parents are not sure which school their children will attend, they should call 410-751-3009.

Out-of-district applications will be due April 1

Carroll County public schools are reviewing applications this month for requests to enroll students in out-of-district schools for the 2004-2005 school year.

Board policy states that public school students shall attend school in their designated attendance area. Only in specific and limited circumstances will students be allowed to attend a school outside their attendance area, upon parent request.

Parents considering an out-of-district placement for next school year should review the list of allowed circumstances listed on the back of the request form to determine whether the child meets the criteria.

Out-of-district policies and regulations will be strictly adhered to in making decisions.

Requirements for submitting applications are as follows:

The parent/guardian must request an out-of-district application from the school office or the Department of Student Services.

Completed applications must be postmarked by April 1 and mailed to Carroll County Public Schools, Department of Student Services, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.

Applications postmarked after April 1 will not be processed and will be returned to the sender unless Student Services' staff determine that serious circumstances exist.

Information: Cyndy Little, 410-751-3123.

McDaniel senior wins award for Model U.N.

James Watson, a McDaniel College senior, recently earned an honorable mention for his participation on the International Court of Justice at the Model United Nations.

Watson and 18 fellow students represented Sierra Leone at the conference.

The program "exposes us to a different way of looking at the world," said Carrie Vivian, a head delegate on the trip. "You're supposed to abandon all your Westernized views and act like you're from the country" you choose.

Volker Franke, assistant professor of political science and international relations, teaches a class that is mandatory for trip participants. Before the class, students learn about the United Nations, parliamentary procedure, the country they're representing and the country's position on a variety of issues.

CCC assistant to lead higher-education group

Sherry Glass, executive assistant to the president of Carroll Community College, was recently elected president of the Maryland Association for Higher Education (MAHE) for 2004.

The MAHE is the statewide organization for post-secondary education professionals committed to the advancement of higher education.

The purpose of MAHE is to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas among Maryland colleges and universities. An annual conference is held to address issues facing higher education and to spotlight the accomplishments of outstanding programs and educators.

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