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Education Beat

News from Carroll County schools and colleges

September 18, 2005

School board asks Ehrlich to name Gadberry to post

Carroll County school board members have decided to name Patricia Gadberry as their preferred candidate for a vacancy on the five-member panel.

Gadberry, of Sykesville, was selected in part because of her long service as a school system volunteer and because she has three children who attend county schools, board members said.

Two weeks ago, the board forwarded a list of three names to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s office. By law, the governor fills board vacancies and is not required to choose from the list.

The other nominees were Ellen Baker, who retired last school year as a history and social studies teacher at Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, and Stephanie Dahlquist of Manchester, a retired English teacher at North Carroll High.

The seat was vacated by Laura K. Rhodes in July. The appointee will serve out Rhodes' term, which ends in December 2006.

CCC to hold programs for Constitution Day

In observance of a new federal law that requires colleges to present programs surrounding Constitution Day (Sept. 17), Carroll Community College will sponsor a panel discussion and movie presentation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

The movie will be held in the Scott Center theater, followed by the discussion at 7 p.m. Both events are free to the public.

The movie Gideon's Trumpet, the true story of prisoner Clarence Gideon's attempt to have himself exonerated by the Supreme Court, will be shown.

The panel will feature Michael Galloway, administrative judge for the Carroll County Circuit Court.

Neil Dhingra, history instructor at Carroll, will join Galloway in leading a student-driven discussion about the film, the history of the Constitution, and the confirmation process for new justices of the Supreme Court.

"The college wants the community to understand the importance of the Supreme Court's decisions because they have a direct impact on all citizens' rights," said William Dougherty, associate professor of economics at Carroll.

The event is sponsored by the Great Ideas Academic Community at Carroll.

Information: 410-386-8153.

Board of Education meeting Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold an administrative meeting 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

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.

Special education topic of program

The Department of Special Education for Carroll County public schools will hold its ninth annual State of Special Education Night in Carroll County from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

This year's focus is "IDEA 04 - All Students Achieving."

A general session will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m., when participants will hear information on special education from a national, state and local perspective, particularly the re-authorization of IDEA - the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Attendees also will be able to meet with parent support groups and organizations that provide support and services to students and adults with disabilities.

Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available at 410-751-3179. People needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact 410-751-3020, TTY 410-751-3034 in advance.

Information: 410-751-3033.

Public schools closed Friday for students

Carroll County public schools will be closed for students Friday for a professional development day for teachers.

Kindergarten pupils will not have school Sept. 30 for a conference day.

Information: 410-751-3020.

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