School board briefs

March 07, 2003

Schools given vending machine contracts

The Washington County Board of Education voted 5-1 Tuesday to award North Hagerstown High School and Washington County Technical High School exclusive soft drink vending machine contracts.

School Board President Bernadette Wagner voted against the bid, saying she would prefer schools gain revenue in ways other than selling soda.

The two schools followed in the footsteps of Smithsburg High School, which was awarded an exclusive beverage contract with Hagerstown-based Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc. in October by the School Board. Smithsburg was the first county school to get such a contract.

North High signed a six-year, exclusive contract for full service soft drink vending machines with Williamsport-based Pepsi Bottling Co. The contract will give the school a total of 12 vending machines, two of which will house canned Pepsi products. The remaining machines will house 12-ounce bottled products.


North High has the opportunity to gain $52,000 in cash incentives from the sale of soda.

The Technical High School signed a similar six-year contract with Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc. The school will get a total of five vending machines. Four of those machines will hold bottled Coke products; the remaining machine will hold canned products.

The Technical High School has an opportunity to gain $38,000 in cash incentives from the company through the sale of its products.

Alternative Learning Center renamed

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday 6-0 to change the name of The Alternative Learning Center to Antietam Academy.

Darrien Simmons, 14, a student of the academy and a member of the committee assembled to rename the school, said the students chose Antietam because of its historical significance, namely the battle and the creek ties to the name.

Schools Deputy Superintendent Patricia Abernethy said the name was decided to be changed based on students' concerns about how the former name appeared on transcripts.

School Board President Bernadette Wagner said she appreciated the creativity that went into changing the name.

"Water sustains life and nourishes life," she said, noting that education serves the same purpose.

Schools recognized for United Way efforts

The Washington County Board of Education recognized four schools that more than doubled their United Way contributions this year from last year's drive.

Students, teachers and staff in the school system raised $35,300 for United Way this year, said Dennis McGee, schools director of facilities management and the school system's United Way fund-raising co-chair.

Northern Middle School, E. Russell Hicks Middle School, Smithsburg High School and Emma K. Doub Elementary School were presented awards for their doubled contributions.

Clear Spring Middle School did a special fund-raising project and was recognized for its efforts.

June 7 is Washington County Reading Day

The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 to endorse a Washington County Partners in Literacy Committee request to pass out 100,000 bookmarks advertising June 7 as Washington County Reading Day.

Kathleen O'Connell, assistant director of Washington County Free Library, said the day will be used to encourage families, individuals and businesses to sponsor a reading activity. The committee received $1,000 from the Washington County Commissioners to start the program. The committee will pass out the bookmarks to all school children.

O'Connell said a local businessperson has donated a free airplane ride to the school system's most improved reader. She said billboards will advertise the event in April and May.

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