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Washington County schools at a glance

September 01, 1998

With students returning to Washington County classrooms on Monday, here are some interesting facts about the public school system from last school year:




- There were 20,019 students enrolled, which was 7.2 percent more than five years earlier, when there were 18,678 students.

- Six percent of students were black. Of 1,225 teachers, 1.2 percent were black.

- There were 44 schools in the county including 25 elementary schools.

- Schools employed 2,119 people.

- The dropout rate was 5 percent.

- The Hagerstown GED center tested 164 people. About 68 percent of them passed.

- The system graduated 1,074 people. Of those, 67.5 percent planned to go to college, 3.1 percent planned to go to trade or business school, 26.8 percent planned to enter the work force and 3.8 percent planned to join the military.

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- Of the 455 students who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the average score on the verbal section was 504 and the average score for math was 508.

- The average teacher salary was $37,382. Salaries ranged from $25,075 to $47,840.

- The school system spent $5,869 per student on instruction, administration, health services, transportation, maintenance and special education.

- There were 2,875 students receiving special education.

- Twelve schools received $1.76 million in federal funds under the Title 1 program designed to help disadvantaged children.

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