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School Board briefs

April 02, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Parents of Bester students air concerns


A group of parents from Bester Elementary School approached the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday with concerns about traffic and parking problems at the school.

Earl Wilk Sr., a grandparent of Bester students, asked to see the School Board's Title I allocations for the elementary school. Bester, a Title I school, is among schools that are given more state and federal funds based on poverty levels.

Although the School Board's policy states children living within a mile of an elementary school are considered walkers, Wilk said he'd seen students who attend other elementary schools board buses within a mile radius of that school.

Bester parent Kristy Sollenberger said the rush hour traffic created at the school at dismissal time has caused buses to travel in the grass and parents to block parking spots and entrances and exits to the school.

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School Board President Bernadette M. Wagner said she observed dismissal at the school not long ago and agreed it was chaotic.

She said the school system staff has talked to the City of Hagerstown about using one of its alleys to handle some of the traffic, but will continue to look into finding a solution to the problem.




Budget approved for presentation


The Washington County Board of Education approved 6-0 its nearly $150 million 2004 fiscal year operating budget for presentation to the Washington County Commissioners April 8.

The School Board adopted its budget March 11. It held a public hearing on the budget March 13.

The School Board will present its budget to the County Commissioners on April 8 at 7 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School.




Grant will buy bog supplies for Fairview


A $2,834 Chesapeake Bay Trust support grant was awarded to Fairview Outdoor Education Center and was recognized Tuesday by The Washington County Board of Education.

The grant will be used to buy supplies such as stone, rock, pump and liner materials needed to build a wetland bog at the Clear Spring site. The bog is expected to help prevent erosion at the school and to improve the water quality in Toms Run, a creek that runs through the property.

Kevin Karstaedt, a sophomore at Clear Spring High School, will assemble the bog as part of his pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge.




Board OKs bid for track resurfacing


The Washington County Board of Education approved 6-0 a bid of $112,800 from Craig Paving Inc. of Hagers-town to perform all-weather track resurfacing to Clear Spring High School's track.

The work is to begin on or after May 15, with substantial completion of all asphalt and site work by June 15. The remainder of the resurfacing and painting is to be completed by July 15.

The town, boosters and Program Open Space are funding $110,000 of the costs and the School Board will cover the difference, Dennis McGee, director of facilities management, said.




Copy paper bid would save about $26,000


The Washington County Board of Education approved 6-0 a bid for XPEDX Inc. to supply the school system with white copy paper at $1.94 a ream, which it projects will save the school system $26,000 a year on purchases of $170,000.

The bid would include warehousing, inventory, delivery, receiving and accounting reconciliation for all school sites and the central office, said William Blum, the school system's chief operating officer. XPEDX Inc. of Camp Hill, Pa., has been the school system's copy paper supplier for the past two years. The company's bid this year was a 30 cent per ream savings over current costs.

The school system purchases about 10 truckloads of 81/2 by 11 copy paper a year, which translates to 88,000 reams or 44 million sheets, which costs the school system about $170,000, said Blum.

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