Education Notes


September 17, 2006

School board plans to meet Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory Building, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

During the evening session, the board will hold a public hearing and work session on the fiscal 2008 capital budget and fiscal 2009-2013 capital improvement program. Those who want to speak are asked to limit the presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of their testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter for any board meeting: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

A meeting of the Board of Education with PTA presidents and members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board, previously scheduled for Sept. 14, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Susquehanna Room at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for discussion in an informal setting.

Operation SMART to start Oct. 7

The Columbia Teen Center will present Operation SMART (Science, Math and Relevant Technology), an opportunity for girls ages 11 to 15 to have fun with science and experiment with mathematics.

Participants will be encouraged to enjoy and develop skills in science and higher-level mathematics required by many colleges.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 7, 21, 28 and Nov. 4. Space is limited. The cost is $60 for Columbia residents; $72 for nonresidents.

Information or registration: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Tutors sought to work with kids

The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) Mentoring/Tutoring Program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteer mentors and tutors to work in Howard County elementary and middle schools with individuals and small groups of pupils.

Opportunities exist during school hours and after school. No special skills are required, just an interest in children and the willingness to commit to one hour a week for the school year.

An orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

Information about the A-OK Mentoring/Tutoring Program: Chaya Kaplan, 443-393-1913, or; or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229, or

Registration is open for PSAT, SAT classes

Registration is open for PSAT and SAT courses at Howard County high schools. The classes are open to all high school students, regardless of the school they attend.

Classes will be held:

At Marriott's Ridge High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 and 10.

At Mount Hebron High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 and 11.

At Howard High School, from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 and 12.

At Oakland Mills High School, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8.

The cost is $185 and includes tuition and materials. A portion of the fee benefits each school.

Information: Martha Gagnon, 410-442-1600.

School board panel seeks new members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking new members for the 2006-2007 school year.

The state-chartered citizens group reviews school system policies and practices and makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

Members meet monthly and may also participate in school staff committees and in online discussions. People representing all segments of the community, whether or not they have children in school, are encouraged to participate.

Information: 410-313-6682, or www.citizensadvisorycom

Meetings, which are open to the public, are usually held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Department of Education in Ellicott City.

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