By KERRY FRALEY
CLEAR SPRING - A new school improvement grant program for elementary schools didn't make the cut Tuesday night, when the Washington County Board of Education trimmed a little over $4 million from Schools Superintendent Wayne F. Gersen's proposed $106 million budget.
The program, designed to give schools funding for initiatives designed to improve students' math and language arts skills, had been budgeted at $1.3 million.
It was one of several proposed programs and staff positions cut from the budget.
Cuts in those areas included:
- $140,000 earmarked to expand the Alternative School program to include high school students.
- $120,000 for a proposed school/family liaison program.
- $45,000 in salaries for athletic/activity coordinators.
- $35,000 to fund a pupil personnel/social worker position.
The school board added only $35,000, to fund a new grant writer position.