School Board briefs

November 20, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

Schools, past and present principal are honored

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday honored 33 Washington County public schools and their past and present principals for the $94,022 in awards the schools earned by improved performances in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.

The School Performance Recognition Program rewarded county elementary and middle schools that made substantial progress through eight areas of improvement in the MSPAP exams.

The criteria was realigned this year to match priorities of state initiatives set by the federal No Child Left Behind act, which places higher accountability on students.

"The state felt it was important if they were going to implement sanctions for lack of progress they also had to have rewards," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.


Four-step program unanimously approved

The Washington County Public Schools "Recruit, Develop, Reward and Retain" program for teachers was unanimously approved by The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.

The program, which seeks to ensure higher teacher quality as stated in the school system's five-year master plan, has been brainstormed and reviewed by various community members, school system staff, teachers and business leaders, said Donald Francis, director of human resources.

He said the Washington County Teacher's Association and Washington County Public Schools staff is working hard to develop a more appealing career ladder for teachers.

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