City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

November 18, 2005

Hairston says he still has work to do

Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston said yesterday that he withdrew from consideration for the top post in the Virginia Beach, Va., school system because he still has work to finish here.

"I had to finish the work that we've begun," Hairston said, speaking after a meeting last night with parents at Dogwood Elementary School in Woodlawn. "We're in the middle of it."

Hairston was identified Nov. 3 as the preferred finalist for the superintendent job in Virginia Beach. He withdrew from consideration on Tuesday, much to the relief of Baltimore County officials.

He declined to comment on the possibility of receiving increased pay and benefits. Virginia Beach school officials said he pointed to compensation in Baltimore County as the reason for his withdrawal. Baltimore County school officials have said they have not taken up increasing his pay or benefits, and the soonest they might consider it is Tuesday's school board meeting.

Hairston earns about $250,000 in base pay and bonuses. School board members gave him a $45,000 raise when they renewed his contract in 2004 for four years.

Liz F. Kay

Baltimore

Zoo plans job fair tomorrow

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Available jobs include cashiering, attending to the parking lot, staffing the main gate, driving trams and performing custodial duties, maintenance and horticulture. The fair will be at the Susquehanna Conference Room at DLA Piper Rudnick, 6225 Smith Ave., Baltimore. Information: 410-396-7621 or marylandzoo. org.

Sorority to honor talented students

The Baltimore Iota Phi Lambda sorority, a business and professional organization, is recognizing nine city high school students for achievements at a program luncheon tomorrow. The 10th- and 11th-graders were recommended by their principal or guidance counselor for talents such as writing, poetry and dancing. Students recognized from the Freedom Academy are: Brittany Davis, Joy Adams, Kaneesha Stokes, Jasmine Pitts and Saleta Edmond. From Forest Park High School: Kaila Thomas and Shanelle Smith. She'ron Johnson is being recognized from City College, and Jocenay Harvey from Frederick Douglass High School.

Maryland: Health

Md. starts Web site on flu preparedness

Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other state agencies have launched a Maryland Flu Preparedness Web site. The site provides information to help residents find flu shots, understand differences between bird flu and the seasonal variety and get answers to frequently asked questions about influenza. Visit flu.maryland.gov.

Baltimore County: Owings Mills

Fire company wins $91,010 federal grant

The Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company in Owings Mills has been awarded a federal grant of $91,010, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced. The fire company will use the money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to install an exhaust system to expel engine emissions from the fire station.

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