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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.