Education Digest


September 29, 2004

Public comment sought on budget, capital program

The public is invited to comment on the Howard County public school system's fiscal 2006 capital budget and the fiscal 2007--2011 capital improvement program during a hearing at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The board will hold a public work session on the budget after the hearing.

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

A public work session and approval of the capital budget and capital improvement program are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The work session will be held in the Department of Education boardroom.

The school board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the boardroom. Both sessions are to 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.

To sign up: 410-313-7197. To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410-313-7046. Two-weeks' notice is preferred.

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 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Parents will meet with teachers and hear an overview of junior practicum and senior practicum, including work site placement, a timeline and work to be submitted.

The event had been scheduled for today.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Session scheduled Tuesday on gifted-talented program

The Howard County Gifted and Talented Education Program will hold its second Parent Academy from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Susquehanna Room at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

The session will offer an opportunity to discuss the school system's elementary, middle and high school Gifted and Talented Education Program.

After a brief presentation, participants will form small groups to discuss how to assure student success.

Information: Gifted and Talented Education Program Advisory Committee at GTAdvisoryHCPSS@earth

Schools' Web site offers list of scholarships

Students seeking financial help for college can see a list of scholarship opportunities on the Howard County public school system's Web site.

The scholarship search at is one of a number of Web applications developed by student interns under the guidance of staff members at Applied Information Technologies Inc., a Howard County business that specializes in database Web application software for businesses and associations.

Businesses or community organizations that sponsor scholarships and would like to have them listed on the database should contact Marlene Broadhurst, 410-313-6647.

Six-week class on finances to start Oct. 18 at HCC

Howard Community College will offer a six-week course, Take Charge of Your Money, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, starting Oct. 18, on the college's main campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The series, which is designed to empower individuals to make informed financial decisions, is coordinated by the Maryland Cooperative Extension and Howard Community College faculty. Partners include the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs and the Office on Aging.

Registration will be accepted until Oct. 13, or until the class is filled.

The cost is $25, including materials. Checks, made payable to Howard County EAC, should be mailed to Maryland Cooperative Extension - Howard County, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City 21043.

Information: 410-313-2707.

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.


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