Proposed budget to be presented

EDUCATION NOTES

Education Beat

December 31, 2006

School Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell will present his proposed operating budget for next year to the Board of Education at its meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at school system headquarters, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The presentation will be taped for later broadcast on Anne Arundel County Public Schools TV (Channel 96).

The school board will hold public hearings and workshops to discuss and finalize the budget before it is forwarded to the county executive and County Council for approval.

Public hearings will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 and 11, with the first at Old Mill High School and the second in the board room on Riva Road:

Workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 and 25 in the board room on Riva Road, with the first workshop on instruction and student services and the second on business and support services.

The workshops are open to the public, but no testimony will be taken.

The budget will be available online at www.aacps.org at noon Wednesday.

Group fundraising for St. John's aid

The Annapolis Friends of St. John's College have committed to raising $1 million for need-based aid for Maryland students attending St. John's, the latest boost to the college's $125 million capital campaign.

About 20 percent of the undergraduates at St. John's are from Maryland.

More than half of St. John's students receive some form of financial aid, with grant aid averaging $15,000 per student.

Anticipating that demand for financial aid will continue to rise sharply in the coming years, the college seeks to increase its endowment so that more funding is available for the grants.

Peggy Sue Atterbury and Web Chamberlin are co-chairs of the Friends Committee of the capital campaign.

Sessions offered on college prep

The county school system will offer several information sessions for parents and students who are considering applying to the AVID program in 2007-2008.

Advancement via Individual Determination is an accelerated academic program for students in the "academic middle" who have the potential and desire to attend a four-year college, appropriate classroom behavior and a good attendance record, and are willing to commit to at least an hour of homework every night. They must enroll in rigorous college preparatory courses.

The sessions will be:

Jan. 10 - South River High School, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Jan. 11 - Hilltop Elementary School, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 - Severna Park Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 6 - Marley Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 - George Fox Middle School, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Information: www.aacps.org/html/press/avidsessions.asp

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