School board briefs

April 16, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Board unanimously approves calendar

The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve a draft of the Washington County Public Schools calendar for the 2003-2004 school year.

Students tentatively will start classes on Aug. 25 and the last day of school is scheduled for June 3, said Schools Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Patricia Abernethy.

She said the calendar has eight built-in snow days, which are numbered so parents can arrange vacation schedules around them.

School Board partners with county library

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday signed a partnership agreement to maintain and develop reading programs, tutoring programs and incentives programs between the school system and the Washington County Free Library System.

Among 12 agreements, the library will offer copies of school textbooks in its homework center and will adjust its collections in response to school system curriculum changes.


Mary Baykan, director of the Washington County Free Library, said, "Our board, our staff and the library stands firmly with you."

First robotics team competes in Annapolis

The Washington County school system's first robotics team shared its experiences from a regional competition with the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday.

The team brought the robot it designed and built to compete in the March Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. The team finished in 30th place, ahead of 25 other veteran teams.

Each of the team members and advisors received Golden Apple awards from Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan for competing as the school system's first robotics team.

Paint spray booth contract awarded

The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 Tuesday to have Lawrence Enterprises Inc. install an automotive paint spray booth at Washington County Technical High School.

William Blum, the school system's chief operating officer, said Lawrence Enterprises of Hagerstown submitted the low bid of $54,441.25 to build the booth to replace the existing one, which is 30 years old.

Arnold Hammann, the school system's supervisor of career technology and enrichment programs, said the cost of the work will be covered by a federal Perkins grant.

He said the new spray booth is required to maintain the Collision Repair Program's Automotive Service Excellence certification.

April is School Library Media month

The Washington County Board of Education signed a resolution Tuesday to designate April as School Library Media Month in Washington County Public Schools.

The resolution was intended to encourage all students to use their school library media centers to improve their lives, said School Board Vice President Paul W. Bailey, who presented the resolution.

North Hagerstown High School Library Media Specialist Martha Cordova said the resolution is important to her colleagues. "Our customer is the students and their learning is what comes first with us," she said.

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