So.Md. leaders converge to discuss education
On March 31, the Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Class of 2016 participated in the sixth of nine educational sessions — education — sponsored by the Chickfil-A Foundation. The day began with an introduction and welcome by Executive Director Helen Mattingly Wernecke and Lead Advocate Karen O’Connor at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick. The class experienced an educational “town hall” made up of 29 organizations and schools, all providing examples of the work, products and people associated with education in our region. The town hall was facilitated by Mary Anne Bowman. It was followed by a tour of the library by Sara Stephenson.
In the afternoon, Karen Smith Hupp facilitated a panel discussion with senior administrators from College of Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Southern Maryland Higher Education Center on the changing role of higher education in meeting the employment and training needs for Southern Maryland. Following this, the class members had a chance to hear about the public school systems’ budgets, facilities, competences, assessments, and challenges from the three county public school superintendents: Dan Curry, Kimberly Hill, and Scott Smith. A panel of ten high school students from the three counties rounded out the afternoon, offering their perspective on the positives and negatives of their high school education. A Q&A with the students was facilitated by Sharmella Riggs LSM’15.
Leadership Southern Maryland is a nine-month tuition-based program and is designed and dedicated to educate and inspire a diverse group of current and emerging leaders to create collaborations and partnerships to impact the community needs of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties and incorporates a cross-section of the region to include diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.
For more information, contact the Wernecke at 240-725-5469, email@example.com or go to www.leadershipsomd.org.
A moment of silence for young athlete
James E. Maples, 10, played soccer for the Waldorf Soccer Club. James died this month when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. St. Mary’s Soccer will hold a brief moment of silence at 8:55 a.m. in celebration of James on Chaptico Field 1, where his team plays, Saturday, April 23. Parents and siblings at the Chaptico fields are encouraged to wear orange, James’ favorite color. The Maples family wishes to honor James by collecting scholarship donations that will be used to cover fees for boys and girls wishing to play soccer but are unable to do so because of financial hardships. Donations will be accepted at the concession stand and a portion of all concession sales will also be donated to the James Maples Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact comm@stmarys soccer.org.
The Town of Indian Head will host a town council work session 3: 30 p. m. April 27 at town hall, 4195 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head.
Indian Head Planning Commission will meet 7 p. m. April 27 at the Village Green Pavilion, 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head.
Thursday, April 28
The Charles County Department of Economic Development will host a free seminar on how to do business with Charles County Government and the state of Maryland 8: 30- 11a. m. April 28 at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata.
The seminar will host 20 panelists and speak- ers, including state and local government leaders, economic development professionals, state and county buyers and users, and a small business resource panel.
Reservations are required. Contact Lucinia Mundy at MundyL@ MeetCharlesCounty.com or call 301-885-1340 to RSVP. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 300-735-2258.
Items for On the agenda can be emailed to snewman@ somdnews. com. Notices must be received by noon Monday for consideration for Wednesday’s edition and by noon Wednesday for Friday’s paper.
Employee recognition reception Open session, new employee introductions, years of service awards ( April), employee of the quarter awards 1: 15 p. m. Proclamation 2016- 13 Zika Awareness Week 1: 20 p. m. Proclamation 2016- 14 Pay It Forward Week 1: 25 p. m. Commissioners’ comments, approval of the minutes of April 12, notice of the agenda of May 3 1: 30 p. m. Approval items, briefing and request for introduction: benefit assessments for infrastructure improvements legislation 1: 40 p. m. Budget work session: FY 2017 general fund review 3: 30 p. m. Closed session ( Legal) All or a portion of this session may be closed pursuant to Section 3- 305( b)( 7) of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland