So.Md. lead­ers con­verge to dis­cuss ed­u­ca­tion

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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, he­len@lead­er­ship­somd.org 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

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