Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

April 15, 2007

Board to weigh redistricting ideas

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will consider redistricting proposals at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 24 in the boardroom of the Carol Sheffey Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.

The board will consider shifting school boundaries in West County, Glen Burnie, and Deale and Shady Side. Among the most controversial proposals is a redistricting plan that would shift 344 students from Arundel High School to Meade High School to alleviate crowding.

The boundary change would affect hundreds of families in the Seven Oaks neighborhood who have fought the plan, which they say will concentrate minority children at Meade High and take their children out of a more academically challenging environment at Arundel.

The board is weighing who would be affected by the redistricting. There is a proposal to grandfather in next year's seniors, but parents have also asked the board to consider letting current Arundel High sophomores, juniors and seniors remain at the Gambrills school.

Public testimony is invited. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

Information: www.aacps.org.

Open house Tuesday for adult students

Anne Arundel Community College will hold an open house at the Center for Adult Learners from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union dining hall on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

The center offers adult workshops to help clarify goals before beginning classes; admissions assistance including one-on-one advising and registration help; and information on testing, courses and scheduling.

On-site child care is available on the night of the event and every Tuesday and Thursday evenings this fall.

Information and to preregister: www.aacc.edu/adult learners or 410-777-2222.

Program offered for middle school girls

Anne Arundel Medical Center is sponsoring a free four-week program to help middle school girls learn about the benefits of good health and pick up pointers on ultimate Frisbee.

"GoGirlGo" will be held at Magothy Middle School in Arnold from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays starting this week.

The program, sponsored by AAMC's Women's and Children's Center, was developed by the Women's Sports Foundation to promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity for girls ages 11 to 14.

University of Maryland interns at AAMC will conduct the program. Each health session is followed by an hour of instruction on ultimate Frisbee, a sport that combines some of the skills of soccer, football and basketball into a simple, fast-paced game.

Information: 443-481-4000.

YMCA can help low-income students

Low-income Anne Arundel Community College students may be eligible for help with payments for child care and transportation from the YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Students who meet federal low-income guidelines, are unmarried and are enrolled in a Career Tech program at any AACC location - such as nursing, human services, business management - could qualify for a program that provides $5 an hour per child to students who need paid child care while they attend class.

The grant also pays $1.50 for each trip to AACC for students who need help with transportation costs. Each student is eligible to get up to $250 in child care and transportation costs.

Information: 410-626-7800, ext. 207, or abauer@ywcaaac.org.

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