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With the clos­ing of the Queen Anne El­e­men­tary School on Fri­day, June 10, Queen Anne’s County wit­nessed another phase of the change, which dur­ing the past 15 years, has ter­mi­nated the ex­is­tence of all but two of the county’s very small schools. Queen­stown and Crump­ton are still in op­er­a­tion as two-room schools.

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, at its March meet­ing, ap­proved the clos­ing of this school af­ter the en­roll­ment dropped to about 18 and a sur­vey showed that al­most no par­ents were in­ter­ested in hav­ing their chil­dren at­tend the Queen Anne school in the fall of 1966.

In the com­ing year, the chil­dren who have at­tended this school will be go­ing to school in the Cen­tre­ville area.

• • • The 1870 char­ter for the Town of Sudlersville was re­pealed Tues­day at a meet­ing of the Com­mis­sion­ers of Sudlersville, and a new one adopted, giv­ing the town fa­thers broader pow­ers.

While the new char­ter still calls for three mem­bers of a town board, an­nual elec­tions will be held for one com­mis­sioner for a three-year term.

It was pointed out that the changes in the char­ter were nec­es­sary so that the com­mis­sion­ers could bor­row money for needed town wa­ter and sewer im­prove­ments. The com­mu­nity has been ne­go­ti­at­ing for sev­eral months for its first sewer sys­tem.

••• Cen­tre­ville and parts of Queen Anne’s County were without elec­tric­ity late Fri­day af­ter­noon dur­ing a violent rain and light­ning storm.

State Po­lice and the county fire board op­er­ated on emer­gency gen­er­a­tor ser­vice dur­ing the pe­riod and a fire call in the Church Hill area was an­swered by Sudlersville when the Church Hill siren would not blow.

E.L. Browne of the town elec­tric plant said a num­ber of fuses were blown out by light­ning bolts.

The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers stuck by their prom­ise not to raise taxes Tues­day and struck down a pro­posal that would have in­creased the prop­erty tax three cents to help cover the in­creased costs for dump­ing trash at the new land­fill.

In­stead, the com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved a $25 per­mit fee for res­i­dents to dump their trash at the county’s trans­fer sta­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Jim Trouba, di­rec­tor of the county’s solid waste di­vi­sion, the county is ex­pect­ing to gen­er­ate $125,000 from the per­mit fee.

••• Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Queen Anne’s County Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion asked the county com­mis­sion­ers last Tues­day to raise their al­lo­ca­tion to the school sys­tem next year so that school em­ploy­ees could re­ceive raises.

If teach­ers do not get more money next year, said Ge­orge Henckel, pres­i­dent of the teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, they may sue the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for breach of faith in their con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Henckel said the group would meet with lawyers from the Mary­land State Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion later in the week to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of a class ac­tion suit on be­half of four or five teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions in the state whose ne­go­ti­ated con­tracts may not be hon­ored.

• • • The Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Ag­ing transit sys­tem was re­cently named the best sys­tem in the coun­try by a na­tional trans­porta­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Com­mu­nity Trans­porta­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica’s board mem­bers voted the sys­tem the “transit sys­tem of the year” for 1991. The as­so­ci­a­tion in­cludes 500 mem­bers, which are mostly ru­ral and small ur­ban transit sys­tems from across the countr y.

The Queen Anne’s County sys­tem pro­vides bus ser­vice to all county res­i­dents as well as bus and es­cort ser­vice for the el­derly and hand­i­capped. It has four vans and four buses, a dis­patcher, and eight part-time driv­ers.

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