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School Notes: Geography Bee, Family Forum, Budget Hearing, Special Needs Planning and More

Patch highlights news and updates from Carroll County Public Schools.

Geography Bee – Charles Carroll and Westminster Elementary Schools

This is the 25th year that the National Geographic Society has sponsored the National Geographic Bee for students in grades 4-8 in thousands of schools across the United States and in the five U.S. territories, as well as in Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world. The winner of each school Bee will advance to the next level of competition – a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first place prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

Students at Charles Carroll and Westminster Elementary Schools will be participating in the National Geographic Bee. The Bee will be held at Westminster Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. for grade 5 and Friday, Jan. 4, at 3 p.m. for grade 4. The finals will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. Charles Carroll Elementary School will hold its Bee on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 9:30 a.m. for grade 4 and 2:30 p.m. for grade 5. The finals will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 2:30 p.m.

Family Forum with Superintendent Stephen Guthrie

Superintendent of Schools Stephen Guthrie will be the featured speaker at a Family Forum hosted by the parent guides of Carroll County Public Schools on Monday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The topic of discussion will be “The Future of Carroll County Public Schools.” Light refreshments will be served. Child care and activities for children will be provided.

Board of Education Meeting 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

The agenda and back-up materials for the Board meeting will be available for review on BoardDocs, which may be accessed by visiting the school system's website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Documents on the home page.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on Quick Links on the top of the page, then click on CETV 21, followed by CCPS CETV Webstreaming, or go directly to:

http://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/streaming/default.asp.

The meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, January 10, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 12, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, January 13, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, January 17, at 8:00 p.m.

Budget Hearings

The dates for public presentation, review, and input to the Operating Budget for the Carroll County Public School System for the 2013 - 2014 school year are listed below:

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5 p.m. -- Presentation of Superintendent’s Proposed FY 14 Budget during Board of Education Meeting – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. -- Public Hearing (with Citizen Participation) following 5:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices. Board Work Session on the FY 14 Budget (no citizen participation) immediately following Public Hearing – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. -- Public Hearing (with Citizen Participation) – South Carroll High School

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m. -- Adoption of Board of Education’s Proposed FY 14 Budget during Board of Education meeting – Charles I. Ecker Boardroom, Board of Education Offices.

To ensure that there is adequate time to address all budget topics, the Superintendent will be observing the following guidelines during Citizen Participation at the public hearings:

  • Citizens will be given up to three minutes to speak.
  • The Superintendent reserves the right to limit testimony on each budget item to five speakers. This will allow time for public comment on all budget topics.
  • Citizens may not display signs or posters. In lieu of signs, individuals are encouraged to submit written comments to the Board and the Superintendent.

The proposed budget will be available for review following the January 9th Board meeting on the CCPS website at www.carrollk12.org under Featured News. Comments and suggestions may be submitted online at http://feedback.carrollk12.org or by U.S. mail to the Superintendent’s Office, Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, MD  21157.

 Around the World of Special Education Workshop

The Partners for Success Center of Carroll County Public Schools will sponsor a workshop entitled Around the World of Special Education for parents and school staff on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carroll Springs School in Westminster. This “basics” workshop will give participants an overview of the special education process and acquaint them with the terminology and procedures involved in special education. Topics covered will include definitions of special education terms, federal and state laws, the special education cycle, eligibility, advocacy/parent involvement in the IEP process, individualized education plans, and resources. Light refreshments will be served. To register please call Cindy Senseney at the Partners for Success Resource Center at 410-751-3955.

Special Needs Planning Presentation

Carroll County Partners for Success will sponsor a presentation on special needs planning and guardianship on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Carroll Springs School in Westminster. The presenter will be attorney Randi Bocanegra. The presentation is designed for parents, professionals, school staff, and support agency personnel.

Once an individual reaches the age of 18, the parent is no longer the individual’s legal guardian. A person with special needs may require guidance and support when making informed decisions, giving consent, functioning at a job, or living independently. This brief presentation will look at guardianship and the alternatives so that parents may explore the legal options available to protect their child and help with overall special needs planning. Topics will include what guardianship is, when it is necessary, and alternatives to guardianship. There will be time for questions following the presentation. To register, please contact Cindy Senseney at 410-751-3955 or clsense@carrollk12.org. Light refreshments will be served. Please note that this presentation is for adults only and childcare is not available.

 

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