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School board briefs

February 05, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Staff development to cost $1.8 million


It will cost an estimated $1.8 million for staff development next school year to bring 496 Washington County teachers up to federally mandated qualifications, school officials said Tuesday at the Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Linda Fernandez, the school system's director of staff development and mentoring, said if the school system is to be in line with the highly qualified teacher requirements set by the federal No Child Left Behind act, it must help teachers with their certifications by helping to pay for college tuition and staff development workshops.

Donald Francis, the school system's director of human resources, said, "We're going to need a lot of help and I suspect they feel the same way."




Custodian lauded for hard work


Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan presented an Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award to Clear Spring Middle School head custodian Larry Yost at the Tuesday School Board meeting.

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Morgan said Yost consistently sets a good example through his hard work to keep the schools he's worked at clean and safe.

"People look at me like I'm a lunatic because I love my job," said Yost, who has been with the school system for 32 years.

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