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School briefs

April 15, 1998

Book project on Civil War OK'd

South Hagerstown High School teacher John Priest can enlist his students in a Civil War book project in the coming school year, school officials decided Tuesday night.

The Washington County Board of Education granted Priest, a social studies teacher, permission to undertake the project, related to the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

It will be the third such student research project since 1989, said Priest, who said the two previous books were well-received.

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Students will produce a typed transcript of a 1910 manuscript copy of a history of the military group, work on editing, research and footnoting, he said.

All royalties will be assigned to the school's social studies account, which has been used to purchase Civil War books and videotapes for the school and to pay for research field trips to the United States Army Military History Archives in Carlisle, Pa., and Antietam National Battlefield.

 

School gets furniture

Smithsburg Elementary School will be getting $31,209.64 worth of furniture from an Owings Mill, Md., company, the Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday night.

Douron, Inc., was the lowest bidder for the furniture sale, said Dennis McGee, director of facilities management.

The 25 items include student desks and chairs, folding tables and chairs, and other furniture.

 

Smithsburg company chosen for mowing

A Smithsburg company will do the mowing for the Smithsburg schools complex and Old Forge Elementary School for the next three summers, the Washington County Board of Education decided Tuesday night.

The school board awarded a three-year contract to Smithsburg Rental, which has had the contract before, said Dennis McGee, director of facilities management.

The company will be paid $358 per mowing in 1998 and 1999 and $424 per mowing in 2000 for the Smithsburg complex. It will be paid $40 per mowing in 1998 and 1999 and $60 per mowing in 2000 for Old Forge Elementary.

The school system has been paying a contractor to mow the fields at the Smithsburg schools for the past 20 years, McGee said.

 

Students perform for school board

Funny business was at the top of the agenda of the Washington County Board of Education business meeting Tuesday night, when school board members were treated to four award-winning student performances.

Students from Boonsboro and Smithsburg high schools gave live performances of the humorous skits that won them awards at the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition on March 7.

The Smithsburg High School team won a fourth-place award at the state Odyssey of the Mind competition for its skit about an advertising agency trying to hawk steak-shaped hamburger with the help of a P.T. Barnum-cow hybrid.

Students from Cascade Elementary School and North Hagerstown High School showed videotapes of their team performances at the regional competition.

The students and their coaches were recognized with certificates from the school board.

 

Smithsburg High to get computers

Smithsburg High School will get 18 personal computers and assorted computer software from Fort Ritchie, school officials decided Tuesday night.

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the donation, valued at $5,400.

The computer equipment has been earmarked for the school's media center, English department and science classrooms, said Theresa Flak, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Many of the computers are new, Flak said.

The donation includes monitors, keyboards and assorted technology, she said.

 

Smithsburg Middle, principal recognized

Smithsburg Middle School and its assistant principal, W. Paul Engle, have been jointly recognized with a $2,000 1998 Education's Unsung Hero Award from Northern Life and ReliaStar, officials said.

The money will be used to further the school's P.A.S.S. (Promoting Academic Success at Smithsburg) project, which is designed to increase student homework and assignment completion, according to Theresa Flak, assistant superintendent for instruction.

The school and Engle are eligible for an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 award, Flak said.

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