The following were among actions taken at Monday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
FAMILY LIFE COMMITTEE -- In its annual report to the board, the Family Life and Human Development Committee endorsed the U.S. Surgeon General's report on AIDS and recommended that the Maryland Board of Education change the definition of the illness to a communicable disease in place of the current definition of AIDS as a sexually transmitted disease.
The panel said that it was suggesting the change so younger students would be able to study Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Currently, discussion of sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases is limited to students in eighth grade and above.
COMMISSION ON EXCELLENCE -- The board voted to appoint a 15-member committee to study Supterintendent Wilmer S. Cody's recommendations on ways the school system may more aggressively recruit and train teachers.
The panel, which consists of five teachers, five principals, two parents and three administrators, will report their findings later this year to incoming Superintendent Harry Pitt, who will in turn present a report to the board.
The board's actions follow a 76-page report released earlier this year by the Commission on Excellence in Teaching. In addition to its suggestions for improved recruitment and training, the commission endorsed efforts to assist teachers in career changes within the county school system.
NEW SCHOOLS -- The board approved new names for two elementary schools scheduled to open in Germantown in the fall: Jones Lane and S. Christa McAuliffe, in memory of the teacher-astronaut who died last year in the Challenger space shuttle accident. It also approved a proposal by parents to include sixth-graders in the enrollment for both schools. The school system had planned to include only students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
PERSONNEL APPOINTMENTS -- The board approved the appointment of Ann E. Meyer as Area 3 associate superintendent, replacing Paul L. Vance, who was recently appointed deputy superintendent of the school system.