The following were among actions taken at the July 12 meeting of the Prince George's County Board of Education. For more information, call 952-4350.
STATE GRANT -- The board agreed to seek funds from the Maryland State Department of Education to assist the county school system in its programs for handicapped students. The proposed $160,863 grant would pay the cost of hiring a teacher and an instructional aide at H. Winship Wheatley Special Center and two instructional aides at Duckworth and Tanglewood special centers.
The board has identified seven severely handicapped students to participate in the expanded programs at the three centers. Without the funding assistance, the students are at risk of being transferred to facilities outside the state because the county lacks adequate personnel to staff its programs for the severely handicapped.
Board members said the additional funds would enable the county to keep the students in public school settings where they can benefit from being with other students and eventually be mainstreamed into the school system.
ANTI-DRUG PROGRAM -- The board gave final approval to "a program designed to carry anti-drug messages to students through various media.
The project, which will cost the school system $976,651 over the next three years, calls for developing a drug-abuse prevention education campaign aimed especially at seventh graders who are deemed "at risk," with a special focus on black and Hispanic students. Radio spots, newspaper advertisements, posters and a seven-part television series are among the media that will be used to reinforce the program's anti-drug message. The television series will be broadcast directly into classrooms and into students homes via cable television or videotapes made available at the public libraries.
The Redwood City Public School System in California also has adopted the program.
COUNSELING SERVICES -- The board approved a plan to offer career and vocational counseling to students as well as out-of-school youths and adults.
The program, known as the Multi-Service Community Center, differs from existing counseling programs in county schools by offering more diverse services, such as seminars on teen parenting and assistance to professional staff who deal with large refugee populations. Job fairs and seminars on job search techniques also are planned as part of the program, which will be funded fully by an $18,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education.
The new counseling program will be offered beginning in the new school year and will be based at Bladensburg High School.
STORM DRAIN -- The board agreed to allow the county to construct a temporary drainage hole on 800 square feet of land at Glendridge Elementary School during construction work on Maryland Route 410 from Riverdale Road to Annapolis Road. County public works officials said the temporary drainage is necessary to reroute the water flow while a drainage system for the new roadway is being installed. It will not disrupt the school's water supply, county officials said.