5 New Principals Named

Five Howard County public schools will have new principals for the 2005-06 school year. At Wilde Lake Middle School, Scott Conroy, an assistant principal at Murray Hill Middle School, will become principal, replacing Brenda Thomas who will take over at Lime Kiln Middle School.

JoAnn Hutchens, an assistant principal at Clarksville Middle School, will become the school's principal. Steve Gibsona former principal of Lime Kiln Middle School who is returning from a three-year leave, will become principal at Burleigh Manor Middle School, replacing Barbara Hoffmann, who is retiring. Marcia Leonard, an assistant principal at Wilde Lake High School, will become principal at Atholton High School, replacing Connie Lewis, who is retiring after 30 years in the county's public school system.

The school system also announced that two acting principals, Heidi Balter at Rockburn Elementary and Cherolyn Jones at Dunloggin Middle, will remain in those jobs permanently.

Summer Reading Plans

Summer reading programs for elementary students, teenagers and preschoolers are available through the Howard County Library. To register, or for more information, visit www.hclibrary.org or stop by any of the library's six branches.

Board Invites Comments

The Howard County Board of Education will meet Tuesday at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. Before the afternoon session, which begins at 4 p.m., and the evening session, which starts at 7:30, a public forum will be held to allow community members to comment on any issue for which there is no formal public hearing process. Advanced sign-up is preferred. To sign up, call 410-313-7197.

Book Covers for Free

Book covers designed by third-grade students from Rockburn Elementary School are available free to all Howard County elementary-age students. The covers showcase the third-graders' paintings of county farms. Funding for this project was provided by the Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

The covers, which are printed on glossy paper, are available at HCEDA offices at 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr., Suite 500, Columbia, or at the HCEDA's booth during the Howard County Fair in August.

NAACP Schools Summit

The Maryland State Conference of the NAACP is hosting an education summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 at the Columbia Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd.

Administrators, teachers, students, parents, elected officials and residents will address the theme "Mobilizing the Grass Roots to Close the Achievement Gap." Registration is $25. For more information, call 410-730-6984.

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS