School board briefs

September 04, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Program gives students college credit for classes

Washington County high school students can get college credit for additional high school courses under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

Under the updated agreement with Hagerstown Community College, students can get college credit for courses in business education, family and consumer science and distributive education/marketing, said Arnold Hammann, supervisor of enrichment and career technology education.

Students can continue to get college credit at HCC for courses in calculus, accounting, physics and world languages.

To get credit, the student must successfully complete the course, enroll at HCC and submit an articulated course certification form to the college.

Budget surplus to be set aside for emergencies

Washington County Public Schools ended the 2002 budget year with a $154,000 surplus, Finance Director Chris South said Tuesday.


The money is being set aside for emergencies or other initiatives that have not yet been identified. The Washington County Board of Education must approve any expenditures.

The surplus amount represents about one-tenth of a percent of the total budget.

Boonsboro bathrooms to be made accessible

Boonsboro Middle School will get handicapped accessible public bathrooms during a renovation that will begin this fall.

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to hire the low-bidder, Building Systems Inc. of Hagerstown, to renovate restrooms near the gym.

School officials started work on the project in April, when they learned that a student who uses a wheelchair would be attending the school this fall, Facilities Director Dennis McGee said.

The work should be completed by Christmas, McGee said.

Until then, the student will use a modified restroom in the teacher's lounge, he said.

Cost of the work is $81,250.

Two Clear Spring schools get grants

Two Clear Spring schools will receive grants totaling nearly $8,000 from the Leonard P. Snyder Fund Inc.

Clear Spring Elementary will get $4,163 to buy extra instructional materials and equipment.

Conococheague Elementary will get $3,709 to buy extra reading materials.

Principals from both schools attended Tuesday's meeting and thanked the foundation for its donations.

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to accept the grants from the trust fund, which was created by a Clear Spring-area native to benefit the community.

Board approves six marking periods

Middle school students will receive six report cards this school year under a policy approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

Students last year received 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.

All six grade reports will be factored into the student's final grade, he said.

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