Board of Education briefs

January 23, 2002

Board of Education briefs

Board considers regular meetings with media

The Washington County Board of Education is considering setting up regular meetings with the media in an attempt to improve communication.

School Board President Edward Forrest asked the board Tuesday morning whether the board should meet separately with the print, television and radio media or meet with all three at the same time.

School Board member Paul Bailey suggested holding a televised meeting in which the media can ask the board questions and speak with board members about their concerns.

He said the media can work with the School Board in creating the agendas for the meetings.

"It's kind of like a press conference," Bailey said. "Press conferences are effective and get people's attention."

New catalog can help students plan courses

Washington County public school administrators on Tuesday presented to the Board of Education a new catalog designed to help students plan their high school courses.


The book, High School Courses and Career Pathways, combines the former High School Course Descriptions and for Career Pathways publications.

Counselors are using the new book with eighth-grade students.

Board recognizes today as School Nurse Day

The Washington County Board of Education is recognizing today as National School Nurse Day.

The School Board approved the declaration Tuesday night.

According to the School Board, the school nurse acts as a care provider, advocate, change agent, teacher, manager and educator related to the wellness and health of school children.

School nurses in Washington County are funded by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners and employed by the Washington County Health Department, according to the School Board.

McKinley to retire

William B. McKinley, the Washington County Board of Education's executive director of support services, is retiring effective July 1.

The School Board approved McKinley's retirement at a Tuesday night meeting.

McKinley, second in command to Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, has worked for the School Board for 36 years.

"It is with very mixed emotions that I see his name on the personnel agenda," Morgan said.

Washington County Commissioner Bertrand L. Iseminger Jr. said McKinley has always been an asset to the school system.

"Congrats to Bill. We hate to see him go," Iseminger said. "I respect Bill. Whenever you asked him anything, you always got a straight answer."

Nineteen Board of Ed. employees retire

Nineteen Washington County Board of Education employees retired Tuesday night.

The School Board approved the retirements at a board meeting.

Most of those who retired are teachers. Others include guidance counselors, instructional assistants, a secretary and North Hagerstown High School Assistant Principal Thomas R. Shepherd.

William C. Abbott, the board's supervisor of federal programs, also retired. He's been an educator for 34 years. John F. Hoffman, a guidance counselor at Williamsport High School, is retiring after 40 years in the school system.

All of the retirements go in to effect on July 1.

"We hate to see any of these people leave," School Board member Paul Bailey said.

School Board member J. Herbert Hardin said many of those retiring have been in education for 23 to 40 years.

"It's a very experienced group of people, and I appreciate their contribution to our system," Hardin said.

- Tara Reilly

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