Board will consider shifting school funds

Baltimore County Digest

May 09, 2006

Baltimore County school board members will consider tonight a plan to transfer $8.5 million in its operating budget, mostly to address rising prices for fuel, utilities and vehicle parts.

They will also hear a report on Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's recommendation for the school system's 2007-2008 calendar.

Under the spending change, the school system would spend an additional $6.2 million on student transportation and the operation and maintenance of school system buildings and properties, according to school board documents. The remainder of the money would pay for textbooks, supplies and other expenses.

Most of the redirected money comes from teacher vacancies and a decline in the number of students placed in schools outside the county system for special education services, according to the documents.

School system policies require the board to approve a calendar for the school system and share it with the public one year before it goes into effect. The superintendent's proposal closes schools on days mandated by state law, as well as one Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashana, which is celebrated on a weekday in 2007. Members of the Baltimore County Muslim community have asked the county school board to also close schools for Muslim holidays or to remain open on Jewish holidays.

Liz F. Kay

Police shooting

Man charged in carjacking, assault

A Westminster man who was shot by Baltimore County police officers last weekend faces carjacking and assault charges, police said yesterday.

David Patrick Howe, 24, is in serious condition at Shock Trauma Medical Center, police said.

Police responded about 1:40 p.m. Saturday to a hit-and-run on southbound Interstate 695 between the Wilkens Avenue and Interstate 95 off-ramps, police said. A man ran from the accident and stole a minivan, police said. As officers approached the minivan, the man drove it over a curb in the direction of the officers, police said.

Officers fired and struck Howe at least once, police said. Police spokesmen could not say yesterday how many shots were fired or how many times Howe was shot. He was taken from the vehicle to Shock Trauma with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Police said Howe was armed with a handgun.

Police identified the officers involved in the shooting as R. Stefko, a six-year veteran of the county Police Department, and D. McCain, a five-year veteran of the county Police Department. Police officials noted a new labor agreement with the police union that limits the information released about officers involved in shootings.

The two officers were not injured and have been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation, officials said.

Nick Shields

Woodlawn

Meeting on Medicare Part D is tonight

Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, will host a community meeting tonight to help residents make decisions about coverage under the Medicare prescription drug plan Medicare Part D.

The open meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Rising Sun First Baptist Church of Baltimore County, 2211 St. Lukes Lane, Woodlawn.

Towson

Town hall meeting is tomorrow

The Greater Towson Committee will host a town hall meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held at The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt Auditorium, 6501 N. Charles St., Towson. Information and to reserve a seat: 410-825-2549 or gtc@GreaterTowson.com.

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