Education Notes


May 06, 2007

Schools urge parents to complete survey

The Howard County Public School System urges parents to complete its Parent School Environment Survey by Friday.

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, asks parents to evaluate the social, learning and physical environment in their child's school; discipline policies and actions; and diversity and commonality. One survey can be completed for each child attending a Howard County school.

The survey is designed to help administrators and staff members improve the schools and to ensure that each school provides a safe, nurturing environment that values diversity and commonality for its students.

To obtain the survey, go to, click on the link for survey and enter the user name and password provided by the school. Or e-mail Leilani Lucca at

Information: 410-313-6682.

College to dedicate fountain Tuesday

Gertrude Crist, a founder of Howard Community College and a college trustee from 1968 to 1970, will help dedicate the Gertrude H. and Howard G. Crist Jr. Fountain of Inspiration at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the college.

The fountain, a gift to the college from Crist, will be on a pond between the science and technology building and the athletic and fitness center. At her request, the fountain will have multiple spouts representing integrity, knowledge and courtesy.

The dedication ceremony will be held on an outdoor deck just off the Burrill Galleria on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

School board plans meeting for Thursday

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which convenes at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which 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 year 2008 operating and capital budgets and the fiscal 2009-2013 capital improvement program.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentations to three minutes and to provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing.

To sign up to speak or to testify: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' advance notice is preferred.

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