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School Board briefs from Nov. 19 meeting

November 20, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

Board unanimously approves Master Plan



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved 7-0 a five-year Master Plan, which encompasses the School Board's vision for a world class educational system for all students and ties directly to standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Washington County is ahead of most Maryland school districts in terms of preparing the plan required by state and federal mandates.

Morgan said the plan is not due for another year, but said she felt the need to have a strategic plan and guide.

The goals listed in the plan include developing high quality staff and high achievement for all students, implementing effective, cost efficient management systems to support instruction, and to satisfy staff, parents, family, community, business and higher education.

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The plan outlines strategies and objectives for each goal.




Outgoing members recognized at meeting



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday recognized outgoing board members Doris J. Nipps, J. Herbert Hardin and Mary L. Wilfong.

"They have all given up their time and talents with hopes of making a difference in the lives of our children," School Board Vice President Bernadette M. Wagner said.

The outgoing members were given gifts and were praised for their service.

"I appreciate all 2,600 members of the school system and each one of you," said Hardin, a former School Board President, to members of the School Board.

Hardin did not run for re-election to the School Board, instead making an unsuccessful run for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners.

Nipps, who had been a School Board member for eight years, will be taking a seat as a Washington County Commissioner Dec. 3.

"I never imagined this day would come when I would say goodbye to Washington County Schools, but I'm not leaving, I'm just moving down the road a little bit," she said.

Wilfong, who served four years on the board, did not seek re-election. She said she was impressed by the School Board's diverse makeup and the ability the group had to work well together.

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