The following were among actions taken and items discussed at the Dec. 10 meeting of the Howard County School Board. For more information, call 992-0500.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS -- The board unanimously reelected Anne L. Dodd as chairman and Deborah D. Kendig as vice-chairman. Dodd, whose six-year term on the board expires in 1990, begins her second year as chairman.
CALENDAR ART -- Superintendent Michael E. Hickey apologized to black citizens for a student drawing that appeared in the calendar published by the school system. Many blacks in the county found the drawing offensive.
The drawing, which was in a series depicting individuals from a variety of ethnic groups in their native dress, was of a gun-toting black warrior leaping into the air. The calendar was distributed to parents throughout the county. Several black county residents began protesting the drawing about three months ago, calling it a racist stereotype.
In his apology, Hickey acknowledged that the figure was a "stereotype that has no place in the publication of the school system" and promised a "more thorough review of artwork in the future."
NEW COURSE PROPOSALS -- The board voted unanimously to add two new courses to the high school curriculum in fine arts and government.
The government class, Citizenship Review, is designed for seniors who have not passed the Maryland Test of Citizenship Skills. Joan Palmer, assistant superintendent of curriculum, says the class will give those who haven't passed the test an opportunity to review the material in an intensive course. Students must pass the citizenship test to graduate from Maryland high schools.
The fine arts class, Music Perspectives, is offered to high school students to satisfy the Maryland state requirement in the fine arts. Previously, students had to choose among such performance-oriented classes as orchestra and chorus, Palmer said. She added that this class is designed for students looking for nonperformance classes, where they can study things like art.
Palmer said she expected that at least one section of the music perspectives class will be offered in each of the county's eight high schools. Neither course will require additional staff and the cost of new materials for both is estimated at $6,000.