Board of Education briefs

May 21, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Delays considered in dealing with parking

The Washington County Board of Education during a work session Tuesday afternoon discussed waiting until fiscal year 2005 to add a parking lot at Bester Elementary School and to correct traffic flow and add parking at Fountaindale Elementary School.

The School Board had discussed a project to add a parking lot at an empty field north of Bester Elementary School to help ease the crowding in the school's existing lot.

The School Board also discussed adding parking at Fountaindale Elementary School and rerouting traffic to have it flow into the school's bus loop instead of allowing cars to exit onto Pennsylvania or Northern avenues.

Dennis McGee, the school system's director of facilities management, said each project would cost about $60,000, but said each needs to be examined more thoroughly before a specific cost is set.


The School Board considered completing the Bester and Fountaindale projects in place of three projects already slated for fiscal year 2004: Making the playground at Emma K. Doub Elementary School handicapped-accessible, adding new lighting at Boonsboro High School and adding updated bleachers in the Smithsburg High School gym.

The School Board will move forward with those projects.

Brooks awarded for support of schools

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan presented a Golden Apple Award for World Class Support to HotSpots Coordinator Carolyn Brooks on Tuesday.

Morgan said Brooks has given significant support to the students and staff in the school system through her efforts with schools in the HotSpots communities of Washington County and her work with the Character Counts! Coalition.

Top teachers saluted

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday recognized the school system's Teacher of the Year Pamela Michael, a Winter Street Elementary School reading improvement teacher, and presented her with a $500 check and the school superintendent's Golden Apple Award.

Also honored were four Teacher of the Year finalists, each of whom received a Golden Apple Award:

  • Robert Hovermale of the School Board's central office.

  • Deborah Zacher, Bester Elementary School.

  • John Evans, Smithsburg Middle School.

  • Rebecca Cline, Clear Spring Elementary School.

May 14 designated food, nutrition day

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday presented a resolution to make May 14 Salute to School Food and Nutrition Service Personnel Day to Gary Dodds, supervisor of food and nutrition services, and a few members of his staff.

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