New el­e­men­tary school nam­ing com­mit­tee selects three

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The Charles County Pub­lic Schools 2016 Ele­men­tar y School Nam­ing Ad­vi­sor y Com­mit­tee will make rec­om­men­da­tions to the board of ed­u­ca­tion for the name of the next new el­e­men­tary school. The com­mit­tee was sched­uled to present to the board at its Dec. 13 monthly meet­ing.

The eight-mem­ber com­mit­tee is com­posed of in­di­vid­u­als se­lected by board mem­bers, in­clud­ing a stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Nam­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers are Mary Pat Berry, Kim­berly Cle­ments, Marvin Har­ris, Colleen Longhi, Aus­tun Reid, Lour­des Sa­gun, Ce­celia Spinks and Tina Wil­son. The group elected Longhi to serve as its chair­man.

The com­mit­tee ac­cepted nam­ing nom­i­na­tions from the com­mu­nity as well as so­licited ideas. The group con­sid­ered 26 names for the new el­e­men­tary school, which will be built off Billings­ley Road in White Plains. Con­struc­tion will be­gin early next year and the school will open at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Board pol­icy re­quires that schools be named for ei­ther de­ceased per­sons or places of sig­nif­i­cance to Charles County. The com­mit­tee will of­fer three rec­om­men­da­tions. The rec­om­men­da­tions, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, are:

Charles E. Car­ring­ton Ele­men­tar y School

Ron­ald G. Cun­ning­ham Ele­men­tar y School

Mar­garet Jamieson Thorn­ton El­e­men­tary School

The com­mit­tee’s full re­port, in­clud­ing back­ground in­for­ma­tion on each name rec­om­men­da­tion, is posted on Board­Docs. A link to Board­Docs, which in­cludes all Board of Ed­u­ca­tion agen­das, re­port items, poli­cies and min­utes, is posted on the school sys­tem web­site at

The school board will vote on a name at its Jan. 10 meet­ing.

Warm­ing cen­ters avail­able dur­ing the win­ter sea­son

The pub­lic build­ings listed be­low are avail­able as warm­ing cen­ters dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours for frigid tem­per­a­tures dur­ing the 2016- 2017 win­ter sea­son:

Cap­i­tal Club­house, 3033 Wal­dorf Mar­ket Place, Wal­dorf: Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary, all branches: La Plata Branch, 2 Gar­rett Av­enue., La Plata; P.D. Brown Me­mo­rial Branch, 50 Vil­lage Street., Wal­dorf; Po­tomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, In­dian Head; Wal­dorf West, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf. All li­brary branches are open: Mon­day-Thurs­day: 9 a.m.-8 p.m, Fri­day: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Satur­day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, 8190 Port To­bacco Road, Port To­bacco; Lobby hours: Mon­day-Fri­day: 8 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 4375 Port To­bacco Road, Nan­je­moy, Mon- day-Fri­day: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Richard R. Clark Se­nior Cen­ter, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata, Mon­day-Fri­day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Those who re­quire a warm­ing shel­ter or know of some­one in need of shel­ter af­ter hours, con­tact the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 301-932-2222.

Se­vere weather no­tices are posted on the Charles County Gov­ern­ment web­site, on Face­book and on Twit­ter. Weather up­dates are also aired on CCGTV, which broad­casts on Com­cast chan­nel 95 and Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10. Sign up for the Cit­i­zen No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (CNS) to re­ceive in­clement weather and traf­fic alerts by text mes­sage, email, or phone. For in­for­ma­tion on power out­ages, view the SMECO out­age map. Call 877-7476326 to re­port a power out­age. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emer­gency.

Plan­ning comm. hear­ing for ZTA 16-144 resched­uled

The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion agenda item, Zon­ing Text Amend­ment (ZTA) 16-144 pub­lic hear­ing sched­uled for Mon­day, Dec. 12 is resched­uled for Mon­day, Jan. 23 in the Com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing room at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 Bal­ti­more Street, La Plata.

To learn more about the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion or to view Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Meet­ing agen­das go to www. CharlesCoun­ com­mis­sion­ers/boards/ plan­ning-com­mis­sion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Clerk to the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, Theresa Pick­eral, at 301638-2409 or Pick­erTh@ CharlesCoun­ Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Health de­part­ment re­minds res­i­dents to vac­ci­nate pets against ra­bies

The Charles County De­part­ment of Health an­nounced on Dec. 8 a skunk re­cov­ered in the Town of In­dian Head tested pos­i­tive for ra­bies. Al­though ra­bies is com­mon to the area, it is im­por­tant for res­i­dents to be aware of the prob­lem and en­sure their pets are vac­ci­nated against ra­bies.

Ra­bies is a dis­ease of an­i­mals and peo­ple, and the virus is spread through the saliva of a ra­bid an­i­mal. Usu­ally this oc­curs when a ra­bid an­i­mal bites or scratches an­other an­i­mal or per­son, but se­condary ex­po­sure can oc­cur from saliva off of the coat or fur of an an­i­mal that was ex­posed to a ra­bid an­i­mal. The virus may get into the body through open cuts or wounds, or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. Do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals like dogs, cats, and fer­rets can get ra­bies from wild an­i­mals such as rac­coons, foxes, skunks, bats and opos­sums.

To help de­ter the spread of ra­bies, stay away from wild or un­fa­mil­iar an­i­mals, keep pets away from wild an­i­mals and get pets vac­ci­nated. For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to www.CharlesCoun­ For ques­tions con­cern­ing ra­bies, call the Di­vi­sion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Health at 301-609-6751. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM to of­fer course in small un­manned air­craft sys­tems

A new class be­ing of­fered for the first time next month at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land could help you be among the first pi­lots in South­ern Mary­land cer­ti­fied to use drones com­mer­cially. Stu­dents will come away from the course with their own drone and the nec­es­sary soft­ware, along with the skills to use it.

CSM’s two-week, 18hour “In­tro­duc­tion to Small Un­manned Air­craft Sys­tem (sUAS)” course (AVN-5000) in­structs both hob­by­ists and pro­fes­sion­als how to fly drones safely and legally, pre­pare for the FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test and ac­cess new op­por­tu­ni­ties. As of Au­gust 2016, FAA pilot cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­quired of any­one op­erat- ing a drone for busi­ness pur­poses.

The first course will be of­fered at the La Plata Cam­pus be­gin­ning Jan. 31. A fu­ture of­fer­ing is be­ing sched­uled at the Leonard­town Cam­pus later in the spring.

While many may con­sider sUAS or drones as merely the new­est in re­mote con­trol air­planes and a cool tool for aerial videos, this course will show that drones pose the biggest op­por­tu­nity for com­mer­cial use. In­dus­tries like agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion, in­surance, pub­lic safety as well as small and en­tre­pre­neur­ial busi­nesses will re­al­ize tremen­dous eco­nomic ben­e­fit from us­ing this new tech­nol­ogy.

Top­ics cov­ered in the course will in­clude fly­ing multi-ro­tor and fixed­wing drones, in­door flight train­ing, di­verse flight sys­tems, main­te­nance, reg­is­tra­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments, safety, in­surance, in­dus­try ap­pli­ca­tions, fea­tured sys­tems (DJI, 3DRobotics, etc.), emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and the lat­est FAA poli­cies. The course in­cludes a work­book, a quadcopter with cam­era and com­puter flight sim­u­la­tor with ra­dio con­troller. Each stu­dent will par­tic­i­pate in a Top Gun pi­lot­ing com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceive a train­ing cer­tifi­cate upon com­ple­tion of the course.

The course was de­vel­oped by CSM in part­ner­ship with SkyOps, a tech­nol­ogy trans­fer com­pany that cre­ates train­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that pre­pare the Amer­i­can work­force for new jobs and busi­ness mod­els cre­ated by emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy. This part­ner­ship be­tween the col­lege and SkyOps al­lows CSM to lead in­no­va­tion in the re­gion by of­fer­ing a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized cur­ricu­lum, ac­cord­ing to Mosser.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to­grams-cour­ses/ non-credit/ca­reer-de­vel­op­ment/trans­porta­tion/ drone-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. For ad­di­tional as­sis­tance, email cone­dops@csmd. edu or call 301-539-4760.

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