School Equity Panel Named

Howard County Executive James N. Robey and School Superintendent Michael E. Hickey have named 21 members to the newly created Leadership Committee on School Equity.

The committee, formed late last month in response to growing concerns about inequities in the facilities and services of the county's schools, will be chaired by Bill Benton, vice president of the consulting firm Benton & Associates, and Howard Community College President Mary Ellen Duncan.

The other members are:

Jerry Bialecki, Ilchester Elementary PTA;

David Bower, Data Computer Corp. of America;

Victor Broccolino, Howard County General Hospital president;

Terri Chaconas, Glenelg High PTA;

Gregory Devou, West Friendship resident;

Tracey Eberhardt, Bollman Bridge Elementary PTA;

Sandra Erickson, associate superintendent for instruction;

Pat Flynn, Laurel Woods Elementary PTA;

Martha Johnson, special assistant to the superintendent;

Joanne Mead, music teacher at Clarksville Middle School;

Hans Meeder, educational consultant and Oakland Mills Middle PTA;

Sang Oh, executive assistant to the county executive;

Joyce Pope, Hammond High PTSA and Orphans Court judge;

Gene Shipp, Wilde Lake High PTA;

Mary Kay Sigaty, Wilde Lake High School Improvement Team;

Kathleen Sinkinson, former chairman of schools' Citizens Advisory Committee;

John Snyder, Phelps Luck Elementary PTA and Baltimore Sun columnist;

Joe Staub, Howard County Education Association president;

Suzanne Whitmore, Oakland Mills High PTSA;

John Whiteside, Commercial and Farmers Bank president;

Natalie Woodson, NAACP of Howard County education chairman;

One representative from the Columbia Association has yet to be named.

A New Chance for a Degree

Howard Community College is launching a new program to educate young people who struggled in high school and never quite met their full potential. The students in the Silas Craft Collegians Program will work together in a "learning community" and receive personalized attention and mentoring.

The program leads to an associate degree; the college is also working with other universities to expedite the transfer of students once they graduate from the community college.

Interested students can attend one of two information sessions to be held today and Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the first floor of the student Activities Building, or they can call 410-772-4856.

Pay Raise for Substitutes

Substitute teachers in Howard County--in heavy demand because of the tight labor market--are getting a $10-a-day raise.

The Board of Education decided last month to raise the daily pay for substitutes with degrees from $65 to $75, and the pay for those without degrees will increase from $55 to $65. The new rate will go into effect Jan. 24.

Tune in to Y2K Trouble-Shooting

Howard County's ability to deal with potential Y2K problems will be addressed on the county government cable channel program "Probe" during November.

Officials from the Departments of Public Works and Fire and Rescue will discuss their plans to handle possible utility emergencies resulting from computer problems. They will also examine the county government's relationship with private companies providing services, ways utilities are ensuring Y2K compliance and contingency plans in the event utilities are affected by problems of private entities.

The program is broadcast on Comcast Channel 70 and Mid-Atlantic Communications Channel 15, which will air it at the following times: Mondays at 10 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 p.m., Fridays at 9 a.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Information for Candidates

A candidates information night will be held Tuesday for people considering running for the Howard County Board of Education or who want to learn more about the role and responsibilities of school board members.

Karen B. Campbell, chairman of the Board of Education, and board member Sandra H. French will conduct the presentation, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Education, Conference Room C-10, 10910 Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Register in advance by calling 410-313-7197.