Education Digest


October 27, 2004

Board is to receive the proposed school boundaries tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

At 7:30 p.m., during the evening session of the board's meeting, David C. Drown, coordinator for Geographical Information Systems, is to present the proposed boundary line adjustments for the 2005-2006 school year.

The afternoon and evening sessions will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred. 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.

The board will hold a public work session on the proposed boundary line adjustments at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the boardroom. The public will have an opportunity to leave written comments and is encouraged to attend. A public hearing on the proposed boundary line adjustments is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the boardroom. Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up: 410-313-7197.

Grading policies set for discussion today

The Board of Education will hold a public work session at 8 a.m. today in the boardroom at the Department of Education to discuss proposed changes to Policy 2060, Grading, Reporting, Promotion, Retention and Acceleration; Policy 2122, High School Grading and Reporting; and Policy 10124, Academic Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities.

Information: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046.

Scholarship competition sponsored by the VFW

High school students are invited to compete in the 58th "Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Students begin by competing at the local post level; then advancing to district and state levels.

Students must write and record a three- to five-minute essay on this year's theme, "Celebrating Our Veterans' Service," by Monday.

State winners receive a $1,000 scholarships and can qualify to win the $25,000 first-place award.

Information: 410-465-4240.

Service provides free child care help for parents

Howard County parents can get free help in finding state-licensed child care centers, family child care providers, school-aged programs and preschools through a service called LOCATE: Child Care.

The service can be reached from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-313-1930.

Trained child care counselors are available to assist parents by identifying resources best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

LOCATE: Child Care, a service of the Howard County Child Care Resource Center, also helps parents find programs for which they may qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940, or resourcecenter.

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.

The meeting is open to the public, and newcomers are welcome.

Information: www.chaddmc. org.

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