School Board briefs

June 15, 1999

A new boiler for Boonsboro High School, asbestos abatement at Clear Spring Elementary School and new gym bleachers at Hancock Middle-Senior High School were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

The School Board approved $294,704 worth of capital improvements in three separate contracts.

Of seven bids on the boiler, Fridinger-Ritchie of Hagerstown submitted the low bid of $173,904, according to Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee. The state is paying 65 percent of that project's cost, he said.

The state is paying the entire cost of the new bleachers, which will meet modern building codes and the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Modern Door and Equipment Inc. of White Plains, Md., submitted the low bid, $38,400.

Environmental & Demolition Services Inc. of Sandy Spring submitted the lowest of eight bids for the asbestos removal, at $82,400.

The purchase of 17 new school buses and trade-in of 14 used ones got approval Monday from the Washington County Board of Education.


The total transaction will cost $892,303, according to Director of Transportation Chris Carter. The School Board is paying $929,443 for the new vehicles and getting $37,140 for trading in the old ones to American Bus Sales Inc. The average cost per bus is $52,488.

American Bus Sales Inc. and C. Earl Brown provided the low bids for the chassis and bodies, Carter said. They will provide 12 of the 66-passenger buses with 11 rows and compartments as well as five 11-row buses with lifts.

The automotive department of Washington County Technical High School is getting $8,000 worth of Snap-On tools.

The Washington County Board of Education approved the donation from the National Institute of Automotive Excellence Tuesday night.

A policy governing the Washington County Board of Education's committees passed its first reading Tuesday.

The new policy defines all School Board committees, describes criteria for membership and defines the selection process. The policy covers ad hoc committees, committees of board members and the 12 existing advisory committees. It does not include standing committees.

The policy is not effective until it passes second reading at an upcoming meeting. The next business meeting will be July 6.

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