Board of Education briefs 11/21

November 23, 2001

Board of Education briefs 11/21

Algebra II, precalculus books may be purchased

The Washington County Board of Education is considering purchasing algebra II and precalculus textbooks for $85,959.

At Tuesday morning's work session, the School Board discussed buying 800 algebra II textbooks and practice workbooks at $57.85 each, for a total of $46,284. The textbooks the algebra II students now use were published in 1992.

The board also discussed buying 500 precalculus textbooks at $79.35, for a total of $39,675, which includes materials, software and shipping. The textbooks the precalculus students are currently using were published in 1992.

Update given on disability assessment program

The Washington County Board of Education received an update Tuesday morning on the Independence Mastery Assessment Program, which is an assessment of students with disabilities who are not working toward high school diplomas.


The School Board has worked with the program for two years. The scores will be included in the MSPAP reports for the first time this year.

The assessments are based on skills including communication, decision-making and personal management.

Seventy-three students in third, fifth, eighth and 11th grades will participate this year.

Executone bids accepted for phones, intercom

The Washington County Board of Education approved two bids Tuesday night to replace the phone and intercom system at E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

The contracts were awarded to Executone Eastern Telecom of Hagerstown and will cost about $50,000.

Evening with the Board scheduled for Dec. 3

The second Evening with the Board will be Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Boonsboro Middle School.

The meetings were set up to give residents of each school district a chance to discuss school issues with School Board members.

Surplus may be used to buy more school buses

The cost of 16 new school buses came in at $51,548 less than expected, Washington County school officials said Tuesday morning.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners had allocated $896,000 for the purchase of the buses, but the total costs came in at $844,452.

The School Board is considering putting the surplus toward the purchase of another 16 school buses next year.

"We know we're going to have to buy buses for next year," said Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan. "I think we look in that direction. This gives us a leg up for almost paying for a new bus."

Morgan said the cost of a new bus is about $55,000.

Policies, procedures OK'd

The Washington County Board of Education approved the Personnel Policies and Procedures for Administrators and Supervisors at Tuesday night's business meeting.

The administrative staff worked out the details of the document at a July 24 executive session.

Advisory committee member gives report

The Washington County Board of Education received an update from the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee's Nov. 8 meeting.

Committee member Debbie Spielman said the committee discussed redistricting, the number of students attending school on special permission and the board's Capital Improvement Plan.

The committee recommends that the board continues to follow school policy on redistricting, that principals continue to make decisions regarding special permissions and that the board seeks a minimum of $5 million in local funds for the Capital Improvement Plan, Spielman said.

The School Board currently receives $4.5 million in local funds for the CIP, which allows for two major projects every three years. A $5 million minimum allocation would support one major project every year.

- Tara Reilly

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