Record Observer - - Opinion -

Dr. Ge­orge Sil­ver, pro­fes­sor of Ed­u­ca­tion at Mered­ith Col­lege in Raleigh, N.C., has been named the first pres­i­dent of the new Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, it was an­nounced this week. The board of trustees of the East­ern Shore’s first twoyear col­lege said that Dr. Sil­ver would as­sume his new du­ties on July 1.

Dr. Sil­ver’s ap­point­ment came af­ter the board of trustees had held in­ter­views with seven can­di­dates se­lected from more than 40 ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion.

Dr. Sil­ver is a na­tive of Tren­ton, N.J. He holds a B.S. in Ed­u­ca­tion from Mis­souri State Col­lege, a M.Ed. From Rut­gers, and a Ed. D from Tem­ple Univer­sity. From 19640 to 1964, Dr. Sil­ver was the busi­ness man­ager of Jersey City State Col­lege and from 1964 to the present time, he has been serv­ing as busi­ness man­ager and trea­surer and pro­fes­sor of ed­u­ca­tion at Mered­ith Col­lege.

••• At the Queen Anne’s County School Board meet­ing there was unan­i­mous ap­proval of the school su­per­in­ten­dent’s rec­om­men­da­tion to close the Queen Anne El­e­men­tary School at the end of this school year.

The move comes as no sur­prise to the com­mu­nity. School Su­per­in­ten­dent Harry C. Rhodes re­ported that letters had been sent to the par­ents of all the chil­dren at the Queen Anne School to as­cer­tain the an­tic­i­pated en­roll­ment for next year, and that all but two of the par­ents had replied to the let­ter in­di­cat­ing that their young­sters would not be en­rolled at the Queen Anne School for the com­ing year.

••• Af­ter long months of end­less dis­cus­sions on the de­plorable con­di­tions ex­ist­ing at the Kent Nar­rows which have re­sulted in no de­ci­sions and much ad­verse crit­i­cism, the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers have ap­proved a de­tailed hous­ing study as a first step to a pos­si­ble “clean-up ac­tion.”

This sur­vey, which is in prepa­ra­tion to es­tab­lish­ing a hous­ing code, was pro­posed by Olonzo Fike, Hous­ing Hy­giene Train­ing Con­sul­tant from the State Health Depart­ment, who has vol­un­teered to train the nec­es­sary per­son­nel for the job.

With the com­mis­sion­ers’ ap­proval, Wil­liam V. Riggs, di­rec­tor of the lo­cal Of­fice of Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­nity, has as­signed Groscup Jones for train­ing in this ca­pac­ity.

Kent Is­land area home­own­ers and busi­ness own­ers who have out­stand­ing wa­ter and sewer bills could be­gin re­ceiv­ing cut-off no­tices. That is just one of sev­eral plans Queen Anne’s County of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing in an ef­fort to deal with the grow­ing num­ber of un­paid util­ity bills.

About one third of the 2,989 cus­tomers liv­ing in the Kent Is­land area have out­stand­ing sewer and wa­ter bills, ac­cord­ing to Gary A. Moore, en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer for the Queen Anne’s County San­i­tary Dis­trict.

The delin­quent bills add up to about $183,000 that peo­ple owe the county, Moore told the county com­mis­sion­ers Tues­day morn­ing. That fig­ure has grown about $80,000 since June 1990.

With less money com­ing down from all lev­els of gov­ern­ment, some Queen Anne’s County de­part­ments are turn­ing to slot ma­chines.

••• Once con­sid­ered a link to or­ga­nized crime, slot ma­chines are now a source of fund­ing for county ser­vices like al­co­hol and drug abuse preven­tion.

Last year, for ex­am­ple, when the county health depart­ment’s preven­tion pro­gram still needed about $4,000 in its fi­nal bud­get, the Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278 sent a $5,000 check. Un­der a state law passed in 1978, 50 per­cent of the rev­enue from slots must be do­nated to char­i­ties, which also in­clude county de­part­ments and pro­grams.

••• Robert C. Sch­leiger, pres­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, is ask­ing Mid-Shore county of­fi­cials to in­crease their share of the col­lege’s bud­get by 5 per­cent for the next fis­cal year to help fund salary in­creases and new equip­ment.

Out of the $6.3 mil­lion to­tal bud­get pro­posal, Sch­leiger is ask­ing the coun­ties to in­crease their share from about $2 mil­lion to $2.1 mil­lion. The in­crease would help meet en­roll­ment in­creases at the two-year col­lege, Sch­leiger said. The pro­posal also calls for in­creas­ing tuition 11 per­cent for all Mid­Shore stu­dents.

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