School Board briefs 8/21

August 21, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE and ANDREW SCHOTZ

South High upgrades finish over budget

The final phase of renovations and additions at South Hagerstown High School was completed for about 5.3 percent over budget, Washington County Board of Education Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee said Tuesday.

Over the last 18 months, McGee had authorized about $363,000 in change orders to the $8.75 million construction contract.

The School Board on Tuesday approved the final $75,000 in contract modifications.

Most of the money went for extras that were not originally anticipated, he said.

Those included a new wall in front of the gymnasium, extra kitchen equipment, more sophisticated science labs and added security in the post-Columbine era, he said.

The total cost of the South High project was about $19.5 million.

Issuance of six report cards is considered

Middle school students would receive six report cards a year under a new policy considered by the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.


Students have been receiving three progress reports and three grade reports, said Boyd Michael III, executive director of secondary education.

Some parents have been confused about the difference between the two types of reports and students were not taking the progress reports seriously, he said.

The board approved the first reading of the policy Tuesday evening. If the board approves the second reading next month, the policy will go into effect.

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