The following were among actions taken at the June 25 meeting of the Prince George's County Board of Education. For more information, call 952-6000.
MULTI-SERVICE COMMUNITY CENTER -- The board unanimously approved the establishment of a Multi-Service Community Center at Bladensburg Senior High School. The center will provide job counseling and skill assessment for an estimated 10,000 county residents.
The center will open in September with an initial $15,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education. Center officials expect to get other funds from local contributors.
The center will offer workshops and counseling sessions with topics ranging from skill assessment to interview techniques. They will be available through May after school and in the evening.
Board officials said in a report that they hoped some of the county's high school dropouts would take advantage of the program. There are an estimated 42,000 people with less than an eighth-grade education in Prince George's County, which has a total population of 665,071.
Foreign-born adults,, some of the county's 15,916 unemployed and women seeking to reenter the workforce after working only in the home also have been identified as groups that would benefit from the program.
Center officials also hope sessions designed to upgrade job skills will help women who are raising children on their own. In Prince George's County, the number of families headed by single women doubled between 1970 and 1980, from 14,834 to 30,227. The current median income for those families is $13,157. The center will use resources from other job training centers in the metropolitan area to conduct the sessions.
The Bladensburg residential area, in the northern part of the county, is the most heavily populated in the county.
Bladensburg Senior High was chosen as the site of the new program in part because it offers similar trade and industrial classes as well as support services for the handicapped.
HEALTH EDUCATION REQUIREMENT -- The board heard a report by Associate Superintendent Louise Waynant on the best way to establish a one-semester health education course requirement in county high schools this fall. The board voted March 12 to institute the requirement.
Waynant said the plan probably would include:Safety and first-aid training, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Nutrition and fitness education, including dietary factors for high blood pressure and heart disease. Family life and human sexual development.Communicable and noncommunicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.Drug and alcohol education. Decision-making, stress reduction and suicide prevention.Consumer and environmental health.
Some board members stressed the need to amend the plan to require parental consent before teaching the sex education portions of the class..
Ten percent of the county's high school students now elect to attend health education courses. Waynant said mandatory health education is necessary because students are making important decisions earlier about health and sex.