Board of Education briefs

January 08, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Policy would change graduation requirements

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday heard a first reading of a proposed policy to change high school graduation requirements.

The changes would include adding one math credit and two elective credit requirements for a total of 24. They also would include a requirement that students take the Maryland High School Assessments, beginning with next year's freshman class.

After the meeting, School Board Executive Director of Secondary Education Boyd Michael III said students are now required to take three math credits, one an algebra course and the other a geometry course. He said he hopes the additional requirement will help students better prepare for life after high school.

Michael said since the School Board doesn't know yet what the passing score for the Maryland High School Assessments will be until after the spring tests, the wording, for now, will only require students to take the test.


Report: Library upgrade would cost $4.8 million

In a report to the Washington County Board of Education at its work session Tuesday, school officials said it will cost the school system $4.8 million to bring the schools' library media centers' books and computers up to state standards.

Schools Deputy Superintendent Patricia Abernethy said 17 of the county's public schools are below the state's standard for library collections, 14 schools do not meet the state's standard for square footage and 26 schools do not meet the state standard for computer resources.

"We cannot be proud at this point," Abernethy said.

She said if the books in school libraries were carefully checked to find out which ones were up to date, the School Board might find the need is even higher.

Board approves 'Return to Work' program

The Washington County Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting approved a "Return to Work" program, a program intended to smooth a school system employee's transition from injury to wellness by giving them a transitional job.

Lloyd Silberman, a consultant with Norman Peterson and Associates, along with the school system's Director of Human Resources Donald Francis, presented information about the program to the School Board.

School Board Member Roxanne R. Ober said the school system is one of the highest in compensation claims across the state.

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