Education Notes


SUMMER In Carroll County

August 21, 2005

15 in county show interest in open school board seat

The Carroll County Board of Education has released the names of 15 people who have expressed interest in an open seat on the school board.

A county resident will be named to replace Laura Rhodes, who recently resigned from the board for personal reasons.

The term for her vacated seat ends the first Monday in December 2006.

The applicants are: Ellen E. Baker, George E. Maloney, John E. Van Brunt, all of New Windsor; Charlotte Brown, Tonia Heath Brown, Larry L. Houser, Linda Kalb, Claire E. Kwiatkowski, Ernest F. Sharff II, David Stysley, all of Westminster; Stephanie Dahlquist, Barbara J. Shreeve, both of Manchester; Patricia Gadberry of Sykesville; Elaine Hanratty of Eldersburg; and Dean J. Sheridan of Mount Airy.

The board will recommend three names to the governor. The governor may choose any of the candidates, or someone else of his choice.

Information session on GED alternative

The External Diploma Program from the Carroll Adult Learning Connection offers adults 18 and older a chance to complete a self-paced alternative to the GED test.

The program focuses on practical skills learned in the workplace, the home or the community. Clients work in a confidential, one-on-one setting during flexible day and evening hours.

Prospective students should attend an information session, held monthly. The next sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday at 55 N. Court St., Suite G27, Westminster.

Information: 410-751-3680 or toll free 877-852-9502.

Board of Education meetings Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a series of administrative meetings starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices in Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

The board offices are at 125 N. Court St.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Budget hearing set for Thursday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2007 state and local Capital Improvement Program budget request at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cranberry Station Elementary School, 505 N. Center St., Westminster.

The proposed budget is posted on the schools' Web site at

Comments may be directed to Ray Prokop, director of facilities, Board of Education, 125 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.

The budget will be given to the board for approval at 5 p.m. Sept. 14 in Room 007 of the board offices.

Information: 410-751-3020.

At-risk children must take lead poisoning test

The state of Maryland has lead testing regulations for children up to age 6.

Carroll County has five "at-risk" areas for lead poisoning. Children living in those areas must have a blood test at 12 months and 24 months of age.

The areas, with ZIP codes, are: Upperco, 21155; Taneytown, 21787; Keymar, 21757; Union Bridge, 21791; and New Windsor, 21776.

Children who live or have ever lived in these areas must have documentation of a blood lead test.

Information: 410-876-4942.

School system puts out call for volunteers

The Carroll County Public School System's volunteer program uses the talents of all interested citizens. To ensure that participants are adequately trained, volunteers are required to attend an annual training session.

In addition, all chaperones involved in overnight trips or activities will be required to submit to a background check at least 30 days before the scheduled activity.

Information: 410-386-1536.

County robotics team seeks new members

The Carroll County Robotics Team, based at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster, is seeking new members for the 2005-2006 school year.

Started in 2003 by Christopher Niznik, a junior at Century High School, the team focuses on building and programming several kinds of robots and constructing Web sites.

For information, call the career and technology center at 410-751-3669.

Center offers program for kindergartners

Little People's Place Child Development Center will offer a new kindergarten enrichment curriculum this fall to reinforce the No Child Left Behind law.

The Kindergarten Enrichment six-hour schedule will be for those pupils who will be the first to attend full-time kindergarten in the fall of 2006.

Information: 410-848- 0834.

Nursing program has perfect pass rate

Carroll Community College recently graduated its first class of the registered nursing program, with all 19 graduates passing the licensing exam given earlier this summer.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, during fiscal year 2004, Carroll was the only college in Maryland with a nursing program whose students achieved the 100 percent pass rate.

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