PGCC Students, Officials

Lobby for More Money A group of Prince George's Community College students and officials has joined the lobbying effort in Annapolis to obtain more money for the state's 16 community colleges.

Maryland's community colleges received less money than they expected from the state in the past fiscal year. Now, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) wants to cut spending for the colleges by $9.7 million this fiscal year -- or 4 percent of the $242 million that had been set aside for the schools -- because of Maryland's projected budget gap. The deficit is expected to be about $1.8 billion during the next 17 months. The governor proposes to hold spending at that reduced level for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

That would reduce college funding to 2001 levels, according to Anthony Kinkel, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges. He said it could spur tuition increases of $3 to $8 a course credit at community colleges, where tuition now ranges generally between $75 and $85 a credit. Fees also could increase, Kinkel said.

The Prince George's group participated in a statewide community college lobbying day in Annapolis on Feb. 12.

Board Reschedules

Committee Meetings The Prince George's County Board of Education will hold Student Appeals Committee and Personnel Committee meetings at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively on Monday in the Budget Conference Room at the Sasscer Administration Building, 14201 School Lane in Upper Marlboro. The meetings were rescheduled from Tuesday.

Attending the meetings will be Board of Education member Charlene M. Dukes, chairman of both committees, Franklin Rishel, chief of staff, and board committee member Abby L.W. Crowley.

The meetings will not be open to the public.

Contact Jackie Gray, executive assistant, at 301-952-6116 for information.

'01 DeMatha Grad Makes

U-Md. Distinguished List Jonathan J. Woody of Hyattsville, a 2001 DeMatha High School graduate, has a 4.0 grade-point average at the University of Maryland and is on the Distinguised Dean's List of Outstanding Students for the fall 2002 semester, according to an announcement from Irwin L. Goldstein, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

-- Willie Pugh

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