Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

April 21, 2004

Application deadline is April 30 for school boundary-line panel

Applications from individuals interested in serving on the 2004-2005 School Boundary Line Advisory Committee will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 30.

The committee's charter calls for representation from each region of the county, and applicants are needed from west Columbia and southeastern Howard County, in the following school attendance areas: Bryant Woods, Clemens Crossing, Gorman Crossing, Guilford, Hammond, Longfellow, Running Brook and Swansfield elementary schools; Harper's Choice, Murray Hill, Patuxent Valley and Wilde Lake middle schools; and Atholton, Hammond and Wilde Lake high schools.

Applicants must be 21 or older, reside in Howard County and be willing to meet at least one night a week through October.

The committee will help to develop and evaluate boundary-line changes associated with the opening of the 12th high school in Marriottsville and will consider minor changes to elementary and middle school boundary lines, if necessary.

Letters of interest should be submitted to David C. Drown, Office of Geographical Systems, Howard County Public Schools, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042 or can be faxed to 410- 313-7188.

Board of Education meetings announced

The Howard County Board of Education will meet with the Howard County Council at 8:15 a.m. today in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The meeting is open to the public.

The board will meet with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom. The meeting will provide an opportunity for PTA and advisory committee members to talk informally with members of the board.

The board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. April 29 in the boardroom. The afternoon session and an evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, when anyone can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

A public hearing on the renaming of Dasher Green-Owen Brown School will be held during the evening session.

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

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

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two weeks advance notice is preferred.

Conference on inclusion to be held Saturday

A conference on inclusion, "Creating Community Classrooms," is scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Glen Mar United Methodist Church.

The event will focus on recent research and examples of quality inclusion settings, as well as discussion of the difference between inclusion and mainstreaming.

Janice Fialka, author and mother of a 19-year-old with cognitive disabilities, will discuss "The Dance of Partnership: Why do my feet hurt? Strengthening the parent-professional partnership." Her son, Micah Fialka-Feldman, will also speak. He is a board member of Kids as Self Advocates.

The conference is sponsored by the Howard County Down Syndrome Resource Network, in cooperation with the Howard County public school system, The Arc of Howard County and other groups.

Information: 410-974-6139.

Howard schools seek input on special ed plan

The Howard County public school system seeks comment and suggestions from the community for its Special Education Staffing Plan 2004-2005.

To obtain a copy of the plan: Cynthia Barnard, 410-313-6659, or www.hcpss.org/special/staffingPlan.html.

Comments and suggestions can be sent or e-mailed to Cynthia_Barnard@hcpss.org.

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