Record Observer - - Opinion -

Ap­prox­i­mately half of the peo­ple liv­ing in Queen Anne’s County are now reg­is­tered vot­ers. Fig­ures re­leased this week by the Board of Su­per­vi­sors of Elec­tions showed a to­tal of 8,128 vot­ers now on the rolls, an in­crease of 369 peo­ple from Novem­ber 1965.

The Third District re­mains the largest district with 1,815 vot­ers in the two precincts, with the Fifth District sec­ond at 1,778. How­ever, the Fourth District, or Kent Is­land, had the great­est in­crease and now has 1,719 vot­ers on the books.

Repub­li­cans are still out­num­bered more than three to one in this tra­di­tional Demo­cratic strong­hold, with 6,194 Democrats and 1,857 Repub­li­cans. There are 77 who de­clined to af­fil­i­ate with any party.

••• Rep. Rogers C.B. Mor­ton has alerted Queen Anne’s County of­fi­cials that the county now has a pri­or­ity sta­tus in ap­ply­ing for pub­lic works pro­jects aid un­der terms of the sweep­ing Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Act of 1965.

In let­ters to Queen Anne’s County com­mis­sion­ers... Mor­ton pointed out re­cent un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures com­piled by the state and U.S. Depart­ment of La­bor show the Cen­tre­ville area had an av­er­age un­em­ploy­ment rate of 6.4 per­cent in 1965. The na­tional av­er­age for the pe­riod was 4.6 per­cent.

••• Street lights in the un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­nity of Gra­sonville have been a com­mu­nity project of the Pythian Sis­ter No. 31 since De­cem­ber 1946. This year’s fund drive to raise the cost of $533.47 will be con­ducted by the mem­ber­ship dur­ing the week of Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment to­day by Mrs. Pre­ston J. Ruth, chair­man.

She said, “It is through the co­op­er­a­tion and fi­nan­cial sup­port of our ci­ti­zens that we are able to have th­ese street lights and we hope the peo­ple will help us con­tinue this worth­while project.” Dur­ing the week, so­lic­i­ta­tion will be car­ried out door-to-door in the com­mu­nity.

The newly ap­pointed Queen Anne’s County school su­per­in­ten­dent out­lined an am­bi­tious set of re­forms Mon­day that in­clude mak­ing each school more ac­count­able for stu­dent achieve­ment, get­ting rid of gen­eral stud­ies in high school, and of­fer­ing night classes.

All the re­forms are based on a phi­los­o­phy called out­come-based ed­u­ca­tion where stu­dents are ex­pected to achieve spe­cific goals be­fore they grad­u­ate.

Joseph L. Shilling spear­headed the changes when he was state su­per­in­ten­dent and now plans top be­gin im­ple­ment­ing them into the class­room dur­ing the next school year as the county’s new su­per­in­ten­dent. “This is one of top four or five school sys­tems in the state and that’s good...but it’s not quite good enough,” he said.

••• Amy Ter­nois, res­i­dent French teacher at The Gun­ston School, has been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in a Ful­bright Ex­change for the up­com­ing 1991-1992 school year.

One of only 400 teach­ers in Amer­ica cho­sen to switch po­si­tions with a fel­low ed­u­ca­tor, Ter­nois will be spend­ing next year teach­ing English as a for­eign lan­guage in the prov­ince of Que­bec, Canada.

Gun­ston, in turn, will be host to Michele The­rien, a na­tive French speaker from Que­bec, who will teach French and live in the dor­mi­tory.

••• The Queen Anne’s County com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved Sim­mons Com­mu­ni­ca­tions’ bid to sell part of the Up­per Shore por­tion of its ca­ble sys­tem to Fal­con Ca­ble TV, a Los An­ge­les-based ca­ble com­pany.

The own­er­ship change is not ex­pected to for­mally close un­til this fall. Sub­scribers in Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot coun­ties are not ex­pected to be af­fected by the trans­fer.

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