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State rewards 3 county schools

October 27, 2000

State rewards 3 county schools



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Three Washington County schools have received a total of $142,828 from the state because of improved test scores during the past four years.

Boonsboro Elementary School received $55,628, Old Forge Elementary School got $44,467 and Smithsburg Elementary School got $42,733, said Donna Messina, community relations specialist.

Six other Washington County schools were recognized for improvements in the past year but did not receive money. Those schools were Clear Spring Elementary, Fountain Rock Elementary, Greenbrier Elementary School, Maugansville Elementary School, Springfield Middle School and Western Heights Middle School.

Principals and others school officials, including Superintendent of Schools Herman Bartlett, attended the annual School Performance Recognition Program in Baltimore County.

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The three local principals were unaware before the event that their schools would receive money for their performances, said Messina, who collected comments from them about their reactions.

JoEtta Palkovintz-Brown, principal of Old Forge, told Messina, "I am delighted to accept this performance assessment award on behalf of the dedicated staff, who place students at the center of all they do each and every day,"

Melissa D. Warren, Boonsboro principal, told her: "The students and staff at Boonsboro have worked extremely hard to improve student performance and to meet the state standards... We are looking forward to utilizing the monetary reward to benefit the students at Boonsboro elementary."

Ronald Ingram, principal of Smithsburg, told Messina: "As principal of Smithsburg elementary, I am excited about the success that our school community has demonstrated. The children and staff are to be commended. We are looking forward to the opportunities this money will provide."

Last year five schools received a total of $131,018. Bester, Salem Avenue, Smithsburg, Hancock and Potomac Heights elementary schools each received more than $22,000.

Five other schools were recognized but did not receive money last year.

The prior year, 13 Washington County schools were recognized and four received a total of $109,636.

In past years the money was typically used for equipment and programs, Messina said.

This is the fifth year money was handed out as part of the 10-year-old program, Messina said.

State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick told the group: "The schools' communities are invigorated... We are proving that achievement is not determined by a zip code."

At this year's ceremony, 55 schools received a total of $2.75 million, Messina said.

The schools are selected for "substantial and meaningful" improvements in student performance scores and participation rates in the past year.

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