City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

November 12, 2005

8-year-old boy tells police man tried to abduct him

Baltimore County police were investigating a report of the attempted abduction of an 8-year-old White Marsh boy, officials said yesterday. The boy told police that he was approached by a man about 4:30 p.m. near the first block of King Henry Circle, police said. The boy said the man tried to grab him and take him into nearby woods but that he kicked the man and ran away, police said. Police searched the area but did not find anyone.

Nick Shields

Baltimore City: Education

Fair today to show high school options

The Baltimore school system will host a fair today for middle school pupils and their parents to learn about the city's high school offerings. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Polytechnic Institute and Western High School complex, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. Baltimore has 46 neighborhood, innovation and citywide high schools. Principals, teachers and students will be at the fair to answer questions and share information about their schools' specialized academic programs and extracurricular activities. Eighth-graders in city schools must finalize their high school selections and complete applications for citywide programs by the end of December.

School closures to be forum topic

The Baltimore Student Government Association and the city school board will host a forum on Friday for students in grades six through 12 to voice their opinions about the school closure process that is under way. The forum will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the first-floor board room at school system headquarters, 200 E. North Ave. The school board voted last month to reduce its operating space by 2.7 million square feet over the next three years, a process that will involve closing schools. The school system hired a consultant for nearly $1 million to guide a community process to decide which schools to close, which to renovate and where to build new schools in the coming years.

Baltimore City: Higher Education

Loyola to start honor society

Loyola College will hold a ceremony at noon tomorrow to mark the establishment of a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honors Society in Education. The chapter was founded by Loyola seniors Margaret E. Hogan and Krista M. Stancati, who will serve as the chapter presidents. The honors society includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and professional educators. Kappa Delta Pi has more than 60,000 members in 550 college and university chapters in the United States and 43 countries. Forty-three people will be inducted as the chapter's charter members during the ceremony.

Baltimore County: Schools

Applicants sought for ethics board

The Baltimore County school board is seeking applicants for a vacancy on its ethics review panel. The panel's five members, who serve five-year terms, interpret the school system's ethics code, issue advisory opinions and act as a hearing examiner. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Baltimore County residents and at least 18 years old. They may not hold or be a candidate for any elected or appointed office. School board members, their employees and spouses are not eligible, nor are registered lobbyists who might have a conflict of interest. Applicants should contact Carol R. Batoff, school system ombudsman, at 410-887-4138. The deadline for application is Dec. 2.

Baltimore City: Transportation

2nd Snow Expo set for today

Baltimore's Department of Transportation is holding its second annual Snow Expo and Rodeo from 8 a.m. to noon today at the Westside Skills Center, 4501 Edmondson Ave. Venders will display snow-removal vehicles and employees from the Departments of Transportation, Public Works and Recreation and Parks will participate in a rodeo competition on an obstacle course designed to test driving skills. That will be followed by a mock snow-emergency exercise.

Baltimore County: Chase

Photographer, beekeeper to speak

Stephen McDaniel, a master beekeeper and nature photographer, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marshy Point Nature Center, 7130 Marshy Point Road in Chase. McDaniel's nature photos have been published in National Geographic Kids, Newsweek and other publications. He also tends honeybees. Naturalist Robert Stanhope also will discuss continuing efforts to upgrade the Marshy Point center, which is used by both school children and other visitors. Information: 410-887-2817.

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