Schools present possible programs

October 17, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

School officials on Tuesday presented the Washington County Board of Education a rough draft of technology programs that could be implemented over the next two years, pending funding.

At the School Board's work session Tuesday, Arnold Hammann, supervisor of Enrichment and Career Technology programs, presented five new technology programs and seven proposed program expansions.

"We're not worried about money right now; we're talking about concepts," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said at the Tuesday work session.


The School Board gave Hammann and other school officials permission to seek grant money and pursue the feasibility of making the proposed programs a reality.

"It's very doable. I'm very confident we'll be able to get these programs going," Hamman said.

Hammann was finalizing a $40,000 technical education grant application Wednesday.

A digital communications program was started this school year at Washington County Technical High School, but Hammann said schools need to seek funds to sustain it.

Students at the technical school are creating news broadcasts to prepare for possible careers in digital communications.

A pilot virtual high school program will be implemented at Williamsport High School in January, connecting students online with the Maryland Students Online Consortium.

Programs for pharmacy technology and pre-nursing, a First Robotics competition team and an environmental science theme school are not final, Hammann said.

He said the First Robotics team, which would be established at the technical school and pull team members from all county schools, looks promising to start in January.

The pharmacy technology and nursing program has been started at the Medical Academy at North Hagerstown High School, Hammann said. Expansions to the program are under discussion.

A proposed Environmental Science Theme School would be held at Clear Spring High School in conjunction with its agricultural program with the cooperation of Fairview Outdoor School and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Connection.

Enhancements were proposed to articulation - or shared credit - agreements, the Pre-Engineering Program, the Academy of Manufacturing Program and the Finance Academy, which Hammann said have no expense attached to them.

About $4.5 million worth of county funding and grants is used to run existing technology programs for grades six-12. About $3.5 million of that is used to pay 95 teachers' salaries and wages, Hammann said.

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