Education Notes


September 19, 2004

School board to vote on 2006 capital budget

The Carroll County Board of Education will meet Wednesday at 1 p.m. to approve the Fiscal 2006 Capital Improvement Budget.

School board offices are at 125 N. Court St.

The board will then hold its regular administrative meeting at 2 p.m. and a work session on the Fiscal 2006 operating budget at 3 p.m.

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 TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

New system proposed for numbering courses

The Carroll County public school system will hold a public informational meeting on a proposal for a new high school course numbering system and weighted grade point average system.

The presentation will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Westminster High School media center, 1125 Washington Road. The public is encouraged to attend.

The proposed new course numbering system would allow the school system's scheduling database to more effectively assign course numbers within a content area. It would not affect the kinds or levels of courses that are offered.

The proposed weighted grade point average system would still offer students the choice between a weighted or non-weighted grade point average. However, weighted grades would only be assigned in Advanced Placement or transcripted credit courses, not in honors courses.

More information about the proposals may be found on the schools' Web site at

The Board of Education is expected to vote on the proposal at its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Oct 13.

Information: 410-751-3098.

Author offers course on Mideast issues

Janet Powers, an author on the peace dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian women, will explore the issues fueling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at Carroll Community College this fall.

"Seeking Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" looks at the complex issues of the conflict to better understand the possibilities of peace.

Students will discuss U.S. policies in the Middle East, the impact of the conflict on women and current efforts at peace-making.

Powers recently retired from Gettysburg College, where she taught women's studies, peace studies and south Asian studies since 1963. She is a frequent traveler to the Middle East and was a 2003 recipient of a UNESCO research grant for a project concerning Palestinian women.

The course will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 1 at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Schools to recognize maintenance personnel

The Carroll County public school system will hold Custodial and Maintenance Personnel Recognition Day on Tuesday.

Carroll schools have a statewide reputation for well-maintained facilities, consistently receiving a good, very good or superior rating when they are inspected by the state.

The top ratings are due to the fact that Plant Operations and the Maintenance Department are made up of hard working, dedicated staff who take pride in a job well done.

These employees provide clean, safe and well-maintained buildings and make sure that school is a safe and comfortable environment for students.

Plant Operations, with approximately 250 custodial staff, is responsible for all activities and costs associated with keeping facilities open, comfortable, and safe.

The Maintenance Department consists of 66 employees that include electricians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, plumbers, carpenters, electronic technicians, groundskeepers, roofers, masons and locksmiths.

Literacy council to train tutors

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold a training workshop starting early next month for anyone interested in becoming a tutor to adults and children who need assistance with reading skills.

Tutors work one-on-one with clients to improve their reading and math skills. Training is provided at the literacy council office in Westminster.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-848-6387.

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