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Washington County School Board briefs

October 16, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

School Bus Safety Week resolution is presented



Washington County Board of Education member Mary Wilfong presented a resolution to Chris Carter, director of transportation, noting National School Bus Safety Week beginning next week.

Carter said it's the bus drivers, mechanics, crossing guards and contractors who make daily transportation work.

"These people are on the road every day doing a great job," Carter said.

The 178 county-owned and -contracted buses run 2.5 million miles a school year, transporting 15,000 to 16,000 students daily, Carter said.




Technical High School graduate earns honor



Amanda Hinkle, a 2002 graduate of Washington County Technical High School, was named the National Outstanding Health Occupations member at the annual leadership conference this summer.

The annual award is the only such honor in the nation given to a secondary school student.

Hinkle is attending Hagerstown Community College to become a paramedic. She plans to eventually become a doctor of emergency medicine.

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'Schools of Character' recognized at meeting



Clear Spring High School, Fountaindale Elementary School, Pangborn Elementary School and Western Heights Middle School were recognized by the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday for being honored as "Schools of Character" by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Students and principals presented to the board each school's take on the six Character Counts pillars. One third-grade student from Fountaindale read through a letter that addressed what makes her and her classmates children of good character.

"I'm overwhelmed by the things students are doing," said Carolyn Brooks of the Character Counts! Coalition.

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