Education Notes


Education Beat

November 13, 2005

Crisis management grant for schools

The Howard County school system was recently awarded an emergency response and crisis management grant of $393,000 from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

The funding will allow the school system to review its emergency operations and response plans to align them with the Howard County emergency Operations Plan and ensure compliance with National Incident Management Systems requirements. The grant will also fund emergency operations training to system leaders, school faculties and support staff and enhance current emergency communications and outreach.

The grant project will be managed and implemented by Ronald Miller, manager for the school system's Office of Safety, Environment and Risk Management.

Special-education transition planning

The Howard County school system's Office of Special Education will hold a Transition Planning Evening for parents of children receiving special-education services from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The event will provide information on options available to these children when they leave school. Funding, postsecondary schooling, vocational programs, day and residential programs, recreation and transportation will be discussed.

Parents of students ages 14 or older who may be receiving a certificate upon graduation from high school are especially encouraged to attend.

Information: Andrienne Lichtinger, 410-313-5640.

School-boundary sessions planned

The Board of Education will hold two public work sessions on the proposed attendance area adjustments for the 2006-2007 school year at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The board welcomes public participation. There will be an opportunity to leave written comments.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046.

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