Education Notes


Education Beat

News from Carroll County schools and colleges

April 24, 2005

School board to hold meetings Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold three business meetings Wednesday in Westminster.

A board meeting with the county commissioners will be held at 1 p.m. at the County Office Building, followed by an administrative board meeting at 2 p.m., and a work session at 3 p.m. on minority achievement, remediation and intervention programs, both at the board offices.

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.

The board offices are at 125 N. Court St. Information: 410-751-3020.

Class requirements changed by schools

Carroll County public schools have announced changes to graduation requirements.

The six-credit Career Focus is no longer required for graduation. Students currently enrolled in grades nine, 10 and 11 may wish to change their course selections. Grade eight students now are also free to consider other course options.

Students who do not take Freshman Seminar in grade nine during the 2005-2006 school year will not be held accountable for the information contained in Freshman Seminar.

Three state requirements -- interview skills, resume and career planning -- will be placed in other courses and activities the student participates in during high school.

The deadline for parents and students to request a schedule change for the 2005-2006 school year, including dropping Career Focus courses, has been extended to May 1.

Information: 410-751-3138.

Applications to teach now available online

Applicants for teaching positions in the Carroll County public school system can now apply online by visiting the school system's Web site at

Applications for all other positions will be available online starting July 1.

The online application is designed to improve the application process for employment with Carroll County public schools.

To access job postings and the online application, log on to the Web site, then click on "Job Vacancies" and "To Apply for a CCPS Teaching Position Click Here."

Information: 410-751-3070.

Residents rewarded for service-learning

A South Carroll High School student and North Middle School teacher have been rewarded for their efforts in student service-learning by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Senior Randianne Leyshon received a service star for her contributions to the community and serving as a role model for other students.

Teacher Margaret Buckler was inducted as a service-learning fellow for providing inspiring and challenging service-learning experiences.

Courses offered locally for TESOL instructors

McDaniel College will offer four courses this summer at its Westminster campus, Beltsville and online for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and non-TESOL instructors and administrators.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages participants will gain practical skills and improve their theoretical knowledge. Classes on campus and in Beltsville meet seven times, with the remainder of the work done online.

Courses meet Maryland TESOL requirements and may be included in the master's in curriculum and instruction program at McDaniel. The cost is $750 per three-credit course.

Information: 410- 386-4646.

Community college gains recognition

Carroll Community College was recently named a top 10 digital community college in its size category by the Center for Digital Education Center and American Association of Community Colleges.

Carroll was listed as ninth in the mid/suburban category of colleges based on city and student population.

More than 200 community colleges participated in a survey of online capabilities in such areas as admission, registration, bookstores, grades and availability of technology tools for training and curriculum planning.

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