Calverton School Expansion Underway

The Calverton School broke ground earlier this month for a new science and arts building that is the key element of the first phase of the expansion program the private school is beginning this summer.

The new structure will be connected to the existing Upper School building on the Huntingtown campus. The 33,000-square-foot center will house classrooms, four science laboratories, a theater, and music and art studios. In addition, a two-story classroom addition is planned for the Lower School.

With enrollment growing to a projected 335 next fall, more space was needed to maintain small class sizes, school officials said.

The expansion program is being funded through private donations. Earlier this year, Calverton received a gift of $1.25 million from its board president, Wanda T. Clancy. It was the largest gift in the school's history. So far, the campaign has raised about $2.5 million.

Boosting Lyme Disease Defense

The Calvert County Health Department will offer Lymerix vaccinations against Lyme disease on Mondays beginning July 12. Three doses are required for best protection.

The shots will be administered on a walk-in basis from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Health Department on Route 2/4 near Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.

The initial dose is followed by a second shot in one month and a third 12 months after the first. There is a charge of $53 for each shot.

A statement from the Health Department recommended that persons at high risk of contracting the disease, which is spread by ticks, should consider vaccination. Risk is heightened by frequent and prolonged exposure to woods, brush and overgrown grassy areas.

Fostering Leadership Among Principals

Virginia McGraw, principal of Charles County's Gale-Bailey Elementary School near Marbury, was selected to attend The Washington Post's 1999-2000 Vincent E. Reed Principals Leadership Institute, which will begin Monday and Tuesday.

The institute, named after a longtime educator and retired Post executive, aims to offer principals a broader perspective on effective leadership.

Gearing Up for Fancy Footwork

The Calvert County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for teachers for its swing dance and gymnastics/tumbling classes in the central area of the county.

The positions are paid. The teachers are needed for the 10-week fall sessions, which begin Sept. 13.

Anyone interested can call the department at 410-257-6770 or the Maryland Relay for Impaired Hearing or Speech at 1-800-735-2258.