Education Digest

EDUCATION DIGEST

September 22, 2004

Cousin to address education issues at NAACP event

Howard County schools Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin will address the public at the NAACP's annual Back to School Night at 7 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7405 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

He will discuss projections for improving student performance and the elimination of the achievement gap among students.

There will be an opportunity for questions after the presentation.

The event is free. Information: 410-730-6984.

HCC gets U.S. funding for support services

Howard Community College has received $316,247 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue funding the college's Student Support Services Program through August.

The program provides support services to low-income students, first-generation college students and students with documented disabilities.

Information: 410-772-4629.

African-American center schedules 8-week course

The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc., 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, will offer "Heritage of Excellence," an eight-week series of Saturday morning classes in African-American history.

The course, which starts Saturday, includes five weeks of classroom instruction and three field trips. A closing ceremony with a reception is also planned.

The session's theme is "Milestones in African American History: The Civil Rights Movement."

The cost is $30, which includes the field trips. Scholarships are available.

Information: 410-715-1921.

School board to hear budget plans tomorrow

The Board of Education of Howard County will meet at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

During the evening session, Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin will present his proposed 2006 capital budget and capital improvement program for 2007 to 2011.

Both sessions will begin with a public forum during which residents may address the board on topics for which there is no formal hearing process.

Advance sign-up is requested. Information: 410-313-7197.

The board will attend the annual conference of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education from Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 in Ocean City.

Session on school borders set for today at Centennial

Adjustments recommended for Howard County middle and high school district boundary lines will be presented to the public at 7:30 p.m. today at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City.

The proposed boundary-line adjustments will be presented to the Board of Education and the public at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

The board will hold a public work session and accept written comment at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 16. Public hearings, when members of the public can testify for up to three minutes, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 18.

The board will meet to approve the boundary-line adjustments for the 2005-2006 school year at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Back-to-school night planned for Oct. 7 at ARL

The Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108 in Ellicott City, will hold a Back to School night at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. The event originally was scheduled for Sept. 30.

Meetings slated for parents of children with ADHD

CHADD of Greater Baltimore sponsors a support group for parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

Information: www.chadd-mc.org.

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