Budget hearings planned

EDUCATION NOTES

January 13, 2008

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will hold two public hearings and two public workshops this month as it deliberates the fiscal 2009 operating and capital budgets recommended by Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell.

Public hearings will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Glen Burnie High School and Jan. 22 in the boardroom at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

The budget workshops will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 and 31 in the boardroom at the Parham Building. No testimony will be accepted.

Maxwell presented a proposed $969 million operating budget last month, and the board approved a $189 million capital budget for school construction, maintenance and improvements in September.

The Board of Education is scheduled to adopt its budget Feb. 20, then forward it to County Executive John R. Leopold, who will develop his proposed county budget and present it to the County Council on May 1.

The council must adopt a budget, which includes school system funding, by June 1. The Board of Education will then reconcile that budget in a plan scheduled to be adopted June 18.

Technology contest

County Executive John R. Leopold is issuing a challenge this week to Anne Arundel County high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to develop innovative methods to deliver county services or information

Working with the county schools' Office of Instructional Technology, his office has helped create a contest for teenagers to develop information technology projects that identify a need, a solution and an anticipated result.

"Today's students were born into a far more technology-driven society than their own parents, and began using computers at an early age," Leopold said. "In this contest, we hope to not only encourage this younger generation's technological abilities, but also cultivate their creativity."

County government and school officials will provide more details at a kickoff Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Carver Development Center, 2671 Carver Road, Gambrills.

Proposals for the first Community and Information Technology Competition are due by 5 p.m. March 3. Finalists will be announced in late spring and will have the opportunity to make a presentation.

The winner will get a paid internship with Anne Arundel County's Office of Information Technology, including the tools and support needed to develop and implement the project.

Information: 410-222-1821.

Auction, coffeehouse

The Old Mill High School International Baccalaureate program will present a silent auction and coffeehouse from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the school's cafeteria in conjunction with the Old Mill High School Science Fair.

Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m., and winners will be announced afterward.

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