School Board briefs

September 19, 2002

Official prepares board for coming changes

Information about a federal program that focuses on leveling the educational playing field among children with different educational backgrounds was presented at a Washington County Board of Education work session Tuesday.

Zollie Stevenson Jr., director of standards, assessment and accountability for Title I in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, spoke to the county's representatives about changes the school system should expect as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The School Board already implemented some of the provisions explained by Stevenson, said Carol Mowen, schools public information officer.

The choice option offered at Eastern and Hancock elementary schools, for instance, is similar to a requirement in the NCLB Act.

Under the act, schools at which test scores are not up to standard will give parents the option of transferring their children to a school that is performing at a state-mandated level, Stevenson said.


Choice, the option to move a child from a low performing school to a better performing school, is offered to schools with Title I status.

Title I schools are those which, because of high poverty rates, receive additional state and federal funding.

"We'd set down the road to change standards and are reaping the benefits now," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.

School Board notified of computer upgrades

School's Manager of Telecommunication and Network Services David Mundey on Tuesday told the Washington County Board of Education about upgrades that the technology department made to school computer systems over the summer.

The countywide upgrades will result in faster Internet and server connections, he said.

"We hope we can really service the schools a lot better this year," Mundey said.

The upgrades also included installing new instructional and anti-virus programs, he said.

New Novell servers were installed at Clear Spring and Western Heights middle schools and Funkstown, Maugansville, Salem Avenue and Williamsport elementary schools.

Showcase of bands changes meeting times

The Washington County Board of Education has changed the times for its Oct. 1 meeting because the Washington County Showcase of Bands that will be held that night at 7:30 p.m.

The School Board will hold an executive session from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the board conference room and the board's work session will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the board conference room.

A joint committee meeting with the Washington County Commissioners will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the board auditorium followed by the business meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the board auditorium.

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