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School Board briefs 1/3

January 02, 2001

School Board briefs 1/3



The Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Public Schools Educational Foundation will hold a joint meeting today at 4 p.m. at the School Board's central office on Commonwealth Avenue.

Both groups will discuss the possible rejuvenation of the Foundation. More information can be obtained by contacting the office of Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett at 301-766-2817.

The Washington County Board of Education is considering giving elementary teachers one additional planning day per marking period.

The extra day would give teachers more time for additional and team planning, to score assessments and incorporate data into planning.

The board also is considering appointing in-house content resource teachers, which would reduce the number of preparations for the classroom teacher. They also would help increase planning time, the board says.

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Another change would be to implement block planning again. The board thinks block planning would provide equitable planning for all staff, promote teaming and enable staff development during the day, among other benefits.

The changes are expected to be discussed in detail throughout the year.

Board administrators told the Washington County School Board that an Internet filtering system has been in effect since 1996.

The system, called WebSense, blocks access to inappropriate Internet activity. WebSense identifies objectionable Web pages by categories created by the School Board and blocks them from being accessed.

-Tara Reilly

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