School board briefs

October 17, 2002

Salem Avenue school'sredesign gains approval

A revised design for Salem Avenue Elementary School's fall 2003 renovation project was approved by the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.

Dennis McGee, schools director of Facilities Management, said the school will be the same size as Williamsport Elementary School.

McGee said that after revisions the school driveway was redesigned to create additional parking, the stage redesigned to accommodate musical instrument storage and the ground surrounding the school had to be leveled out halfway to a wetlands area.

He said the School Board asked for two special education rooms, but ended up with one. Overall, he said, "We ended up with generous sized rooms."

The final design has to be submitted to the state by Nov. 1.

No session, meeting set for Election Day

The Washington County Board of Education will not hold its scheduled work session and business meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, which is Election Day.


The School Board's next meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 7. A work session will be held in the board conference room at 9:30, an executive session will be held at noon in the board conference room and the business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the board auditorium.

The board will be at Northern Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 29, for its "Evening With the Board" from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in place of its regular sessions.

Schools will be closed Election Day, but central offices will be open.

Fountaindale gives update on its progress

Teachers and the principal of Fountaindale School of Arts and Academic Excellence on Tuesday presented the Washington County Board of Education with an update on the school's progress.

The school representatives thanked teachers involved in screening students for the program. Teachers presented a slide display on special activities and specially designed course work the school's select students were working on.

The school is pulling in ballet teachers, bagpipers and drummers to talk to students. Children have classroom study groups and work on learning a new instrument every few weeks.

Boy Scouts visit, lead group in Pledge

Boy Scouts Troop 66 visited the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday and leading the board's business meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The 10-member troop visited so its members could earn its "Citizenship in the Community" merit badge by observing how elected officials do business.

The troop had one request as part of its badge project.

"We need to look at the budget and see where our taxes go," said one of the members.

WCTA president addresses retention

Claude H. Sasse, Washington County Teachers Association president, on Tuesday presented the Washington County Board of Education with an update on the organization's stance on teacher recruitment and retention.

Sasse asked the School Board to develop a joint task force with the teachers group to tackle the "No Child Left Behind" act and the structure, funding, mentoring programs and professional development the initiative will involve.

He said some salaries do not match experience and some teachers have been forced to leave teaching to take administrative positions for more money.

"The only way to move up is to move out," Sasse said.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said that Sasse made excellent points during his presentation and that the School Board has started working on some of the issues he mentioned.

"We made it very public that our goal is to establish a teacher career ladder," she said.

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