Board of Education briefs

April 17, 2002

Board considers new textbooks

Washington County ninth-graders may be using new textbooks for their government classes next year.

The Board of Education on Tuesday is considering buying two books, "United States Government: Democracy in Action," and "Civics: Participation in Government" for the cost of $120,000.

The current ninth-grade textbooks are nine years old.

Specifications OK'd for school renovation

The Washington County Board of Education approved specifications for the renovation to Salem Avenue Elementary School.

The specifications include the purpose of the renovation and what types of programs and features the school will offer.

Construction on the school will begin in July 2003 and wrap up in May 2005.

Board approves bids

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved seven bids for projects at seven schools.

The bids went to:

- Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown to put in sound panels at Hancock Elementary School for $18,900.

- Weyer's Floor Service Inc. of Odenton, Md., to put in a wood floor at Fountain Rock Elementary School for $18,000 and at Greenbrier Elementary School for $28,920.


- Partition Plus Inc. of Fallston, Md., to replace lockers at E. Russell Hicks Middle School for $61,890.

- EMH Environmental Inc. of Glenwood, Md., to transfer a portable classroom from Fairview Outdoor School to Old Forge Elementary School for $18,469.

- Peak Electrical Systems Inc. of Cumberland, Md., for installation of a cable system for voice, data and video at Maugansville Elementary School for $143,900.

- Carpet Gallery Inc. of Hagerstown for a new carpet at Fountaindale Elementary School for $10,600.

Union president gives regular report

Claude Sasse, president of the Washington County Teachers Association, presented his regular report to the Board of Education Tuesday night.

Sasse discussed ways to attract and keep quality teachers in the school system.

He suggested forming a group made up of teachers, parents, school-based administrators and community leaders to assist the School Board's personnel department in the recruitment effort.

Board proclaims library media month

The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night proclaimed April as School Library Media Month to encourage students to use their school library media centers to improve their lives.

The board presented the resolution to Roseann Fisher, supervisor of library media, and representatives from school library media centers.

Resource teachers receive certificates

Washington County's middle school resource teachers received certificates from the Board of Education Tuesday night for winning a state award.

The nine resource teachers received the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Excellence in Education award on March 21 at the organization's annual spring conference at Towson University.

The resource teachers who received certificates are: Pamela Ours, Sharon Giles, Linda Shock, Jerry Haines, Diane Root, Melissa Clowser, Deidre Morreale, Lauren Hackney and Peggy Pugh.

The reading teachers work directly with targeted students and provided staff development to other teachers.

Students, teachers receive certificates

The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night presented 13 certificates to students and teachers who won or had a hand in the 2002 Home Chemical Safety Program.

Students designed posters for the program, which is sponsored by the Washington County Emergency Management Agency and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

A certificate also was presented to Verna Brown, emergency program manager of the Washington County Department of Emergency Services.

The following Washington County students and teachers were presented certificates:

n Boonsboro Elementary: student winner - Amber Wright; teachers - Eileen Bennett, Karen Keppel, Janet Rohrer and Suzanne Sullivan

n Hickory Elementary School: student winner - Tyler Palladino; teachers - Karen Crawford, Carol Nase

n Salem Avenue Elementary School: student winner - Devin Crawford; teachers Mary Blosser, Rosetta Minnick, Doreena Wood and Linda Zonis.

Academic team rewarded for win

The Clear Spring High School Academic Team Championship winners received a certificate Tuesday night for winning the seventh annual contest.

The Academic Team Championship is sponsored by Hagerstown Trust. The competition was held on April 6 at South Hagerstown High School.

Members of the winning Clear Spring team were: seniors Collin Calhoun, Brad Cline, Jamie Funk and Jeff Ward, senior. The team's advisor was Carolyn Barkdoll.

The team won $2,500 worth of scholarships.

The School Board also presented a certificate to Robert G. Smiles, teacher at South Hagerstown High School, for starting the academic competition seven years ago.

The board awarded a certificate to Hagerstown Trust for sponsoring the event and awarding scholarships totaling more than $35,000 since the competition began.

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation received a certificate for awarding the top-scoring nonfinalist team in the contest. Will Kauffman, of WHAG, received a certificate for moderating the Academic championship event on April 6.

Board plans to buy eight new buses

The Washington County Board of Education plans to buy eight new school buses next year, half the number the School Board initially had requested.

The School Board had included the cost of 16 new buses in its proposed fiscal year 2003 budget at a cost of $896,000. The Washington County Board of Commissioners had said it would give the money to the School Board as a one-time cost.

The state requires that school systems replace buses after 12 years of service.

The School Board sliced the total of new buses in half and will seek an extension to keep the remaining eight buses for a 13th year, Director of Transportation Chris Carter said.

The eight buses will cost about $448,000, or about $56,000 each, Carter said.

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