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School board briefs

January 29, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

School officials: Texts old, need replacing



School officials told the Hagers-town City Council Tuesday the school system's textbooks are very old and need to be replaced at a cost of $2.5 million.

In a joint meeting between the Washington County Board of Education and the City Council, Boyd Michael, the school system's director of secondary education, said that in past years the school system has gotten behind in its requests for updated books because it has had to prioritize other funding needs like teachers' salaries and bus replacements.

The county's Advanced Placement Physics textbooks are from 1985, he said. JoEtta Palkovitz Brown, the school system's director of elementary education, said the federal No Child Left Behind act will require the school system to be more accountable for the students' math and reading scores. She said county schools need universal reading and math programs to keep students who continuously move from school to school on the right path. School officials asked city council members to ask state legislators for help getting money to buy textbooks.

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Schools COO says system needs funding



William Blum, the Washington County Board of Education's chief operating officer, told the Hagerstown City Council Tuesday that the school system still needs help funding school construction projects and buying buses.

"The county doesn't give us enough money to do what we need to do." Blum said during a joint meeting between the City Council and the School Board.

"Be happy they only want to hire consultants instead of suing you," Councilman Lewis C. Metzner joked.

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