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School proposals will be presented today

July 14, 1998

Parents, business leaders and school employees who were assigned to recommend solutions for problems at the Washington County Board of Education will present their findings to school officials today.

Their recommendations will be organized into a draft report released to the public on Sept. 8, said Theresa M. Flak, assistant superintendent for instruction.

From there, the school board will:

  • - Hold public hearings Sept. 15, 16, 17 at high schools. Dates and times will be announced later.
  • - Hold a candidates forum in September to allow candidates for school board and county commissioner to become familiar with the plan.
  • - Present the report to the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14.
  • - Present a final plan to the school board.


Last year's audit of instruction in county schools detailed deficiencies in the system, including lack of organization in management structure, micromanagement among school board members and a lack of necessary means to assess its own performance.

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In response to the audit, and a call for long-range planning by the Washington County Commissioners, the school board appointed 10 committees, involving more than 100 people, to study the issues raised.

The committees have been working for about five months, Flak said.

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