No Classes for Holidays

Howard County public schools will close Monday in observance of Labor Day and again Sept. 16 for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

Forum for Board Candidates

The Ellicott City Residents' Association is sponsoring a forum for Howard County Board of Education candidates at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City.

The three candidates in the Nov. 2 election will be asked about Ellicott City area issues, such as acquiring land for new schools there and high school redistricting.

For more information, call Cathi Higgins at 410-461-6523.

Howard Teacher a Finalist

A Howard County teacher is among the seven finalists for the 2004-05 Maryland teacher of the year, to be announced Oct. 8 by state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick.

Kevin Mulroe teaches gifted and talented students at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia.

He has been teaching seven years. Two of those were spent instructing fifth-graders at Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt.

Mulroe has presented his work on motivation in education at several international conferences for teachers and was selected in 1999 to participate in the New York Stock Exchange Teachers Workshop to develop curriculum.

He is currently co-writing a children's book about the C&O Canal.

Winner of the state award will receive cash and technology equipment valued at more than $20,000 and will compete for the national teacher of the year award

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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