The following were among actions taken and items discussed at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Howard County Board of Education. For more information, call 992-0500.

TOWARD THE YEAR 2000 -- The board heard the final version of a report on the needs of the county's public schools and provides a plan for how to meet them up to the year 2000.

The report, completed after nearly 2 1/2 years of work, is based on a project titled "Toward the Year 2000" and incorporates the findings of six different committees that were formed to discuss such things as the role of technology in the school system and how to get the community involved.

The 106-page report does not include specific assessments of any county schools. But it will serve as the school system's blueprint for operations for the next decade, said project chairman Alton J. Scavo

Board member Karen Campbell questioned the report.

"Give me examples, specifics," she said to Scavo. "Can you give us something more than global generalizations?"

Some recommendations included in the report are to: Study the possibility of a year-round schools, Reduce class sizes, Expand after-school programs, particularly for educationally disvantaged students, Link home computers with school computers.

"The real hard part is still to come," said board Vice Chairwoman Deborah Kendig. "As I read the report, I was overwhelmed. It raised more questions than it answered."

More than 300 people worked on the report, which cites 85 goals and objectives for schools and provides 150 strategies to obtain them, Scavo said.

Copies of the report will be made available at county schools and libraries. A public forum has been scheduled tentatively for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The location of the forum has not yet been determined.

PATUXENT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL -- The board unanimously approved architectural plans by Peck, Peck and Associates for an $8.2 million middle school building to be built on Vollmerhausen Road and Savage Guilford Road in Savage.

The two-story building, which will accommodate 600 students, will be a self-contained education center with a gymnasium, administration offices, classrooms and a media area.

Construction is expected to being early next year and will take about 14 to 16 months.