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School Board briefs

May 08, 2002

Food and Nutrition personnel recognized


The Washington County Board of Education is recognizing today as Salute to School Food and Nutrition Service Personnel Day.

The School Board presented the resolution to Gary Dodds, supervisor of food and nutrition services, at Tuesday night's meeting.

Week known as Teacher Appreciation week


The Washington County Board of Education is recognizing this week as Teacher Appreciation Week, the School Board said at Tuesday night's meeting.

The board presented the resolution to Nina Garrett, a representative of the Washington County Teachers Association.

Teacher commended for earning award


Mark Kaniski, a technology teacher at Northern Middle School, received a certificate of commendation from the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night for winning a national Teacher Excellence Award from the International Technology Education Association.

Board approves nearly $32,000 worth of bids


The Washington County Board of Education approved four bids at Tuesday night's meeting.

The bids were awarded to:

- EMH Environmental Inc. of Glenwood, Md., to transfer a relocatable building from Fairview Outdoor School to Fountaindale Elementary School for $15,989.

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- Executone Eastern Telecom of Hagerstown to replace the intercom system and upgrade the phone system at Winter Street Elementary School for $4,710.41.

- Executone Eastern Telecom of Hagerstown to replace the intercom system and upgrade the phone system at Fountaindale Elementary School for $4,710.41.

- Executone Eastern Telecom of Hagerstown to replace the intercom system and upgrade the phone system at Bester Elementary School for $6,435.01.

Week honors state's School Psychologists


The Washington County Board of Education is recognizing this week as Maryland School Psychology Week.

The School Board presented the resolution at Tuesday night's meeting to Sharon Conley, school psychologist, and representatives from the Washington County Public Schools psychology department.

Government classes get new textbooks


Washington County ninth-graders will receive new textbooks for their government classes next school year.

The Board of Education agreed to buy two books, "United States Government: Democracy in Action," and "Civics: Participation in Government" for $120,000.

Three chosen for Salem Avenue Project panel


The Washington County Board of Education appointed three people to its Architectural and Engineering Selection Panel for the Salem Avenue Elementary Project at Tuesday night's meeting.

The panel will consist of William McKinley, the School Board's executive director of support services, County Administrator Gary Rohrer and Randy Sharshan, facilities executive for Washington County Health Systems.

Board given update on reward, recognitionplan


John Hull, the Washington County Board of Education's interim executive assistant for administration, updated the School Board on the progress of employee recognition and reward program.

The program is being called the GRAND Plan. GRAND is an acronym for Giving Recognition to All Noteworthy Deeds.

County schools score above average on tests


Washington County Public Schools scored better than the national average on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills and the California Achievement Test, Supervisor of Assessment and Testing Robert Brown told the School Board Tuesday afternoon.

The CTBS is given to the county's second- and fourth-graders, and the CAT is given to second-, fourth- and sixth-graders.

Eight-graders took the CTBS for the first time this year, but their scores are not yet available.

Seven novels may be made required reading


The Washington County Board of Education is considering making seven novels part of the required reading curriculum.

The novels are: "Holes" by Louis Sachar for seventh grade; "Remembering the Good Times" by Richard Peck and "Sphere" by Michael Crichton for ninth grade; "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding for 10th grade; "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury and "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger for 11th grade and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley for 12th grade.

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