Carroll Digest


March 25, 2004

County schools to be closed April 8, as scheduled

Carroll County students will not have to go to school April 8, a spring break day that was in danger of being revoked until the state superintendent approved the county's request to waive a day of classes lost to snow.

Maryland Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick approved Carroll's request this week.

Carroll County students recouped two snow days by going to school on Presidents Day and the staff-only day that was scheduled for the following day.

Classes were canceled eight times this school year because of inclement weather. With four snow days built into this school year's calendar and the state Board of Education deciding after Tropical Storm Isabel to waive one of the 180 days required of public schools, that left a deficit of three days for Carroll schools to make up.

State police promise adequate staffing in county

Maryland State Police officials assured the county commissioners yesterday that they are committed to law enforcement in Carroll.

The state police have 96 officers in the county, 45 of whom are assigned to the Westminster barracks, the fourth-largest in Maryland. The rest are in the resident trooper program.

"The state police are prepared to support the resident trooper program at the current staffing levels," said Luke Galant, chief financial officer for the state police.

Capt. Scott Yinger, commander of the Westminster barracks, said, "We are committed [in] Carroll County to supplying more troopers and providing adequate resources."

Youth services bureau seeks permanent home

The Carroll County Youth Services Bureau is looking for a permanent home.

The agency, which served 612 families in crisis last year, leases space in a small business center in Westminster. Its staff expects to receive a $130,000 state grant to design a new facility this year. Construction could cost about $5 million.

The agency hopes to get $2.5 million from the state next year to help pay for construction. It will look to the county to help finance the remainder.

Rape Crisis Center seeks funding for programs

The Rape Crisis Center, which handles about 300 new clients annually, has asked the county for $23,400 to help increase the number of community education programs.

The programs are designed to prevent sex crimes and reduce their effects on victims, said Executive Director JoAnn Hare.

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