School board briefs 6/4

June 04, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

School Board OKs staff changes

The Washington County Board of Education approved 5-0 a number of staff changes at its Tuesday business meeting.

School Board Vice President Paul W. Bailey abstained.

The staff changes included the appointment of Gloria M. Grimsley, a principal at a school in Maryland, as the school system's supervisor of ESOL and World and Classical languages, a position that had been vacant for nearly a year.

Elizabeth Little, current supervisor of elementary math and science, was appointed to instructional supervisor of Gifted Talented Education Programs at Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence.

Other staff changes included reappointing teachers to their positions at Eastern Elementary School and Antietam Academy. Also, teachers formerly called reading improvement teachers were renamed to Student Achievement Specialists.


Maryland Functional Tests scores revealed

Robert Brown, supervisor of testing and accountability for Washington County Public Schools, revealed at Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting the scores of Maryland Functional Tests administered during the 2002-2003 school year.

Compared with Maryland's 23 other school systems at the ninth-grade level, Washington County Public Schools ranked in the following manner:

  • Seventh on the Maryland Functional Reading Test.

  • Third on the Maryland Functional Math Test.

  • Eighth on the Maryland Writing Test.

Students must pass each of the Maryland Functional Tests to graduate.

Board loans money to two schools

Two schools will receive $26,500 worth of interest-free loans from the Washington County Board of Education, The board decided at Tuesday night's meeting.

The Potomac Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Association was loaned $6,500 to purchase and install a school sign and message center. The E. Russell Hicks Middle School Band Boosters was loaned $20,000 to purchase new band uniforms.

The board solicited the requests from every school in the system beginning in mid-March through April. The administrations of both schools endorsed their respective requests and both schools have acceptable payback plans, according to a board document. There was $99,775 available for loans.

Special ed grant application approved

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved 6-0 the school system's Special Education 2004 Local Plan and Application.

The budget is included in the local plan and application, which is the annual grant application for special education funds. Cheryl Strong, Washington County Public Schools interim director of Student Services, said Tuesday the fiscal 2004 special education budget is $13.9 million, which includes a projected increase of $652,000 over fiscal year 2003.

The funds are used to support staffing, equipment, staff development and contractual services and will serve approximately 2,829 students with disabilities in the 2003-2004 school year, according to the plan.

Board approves Master Plan Update

The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve the school system's 2004-2008 Educational Facilities Master Plan Update, which will be sent to the Maryland Department of Planning.

Dennis McGee, Washington County Public School's director of facilities management presented the document. The plan outlines maintenance, engineering and operations projects for the next five years.

$21,000 approved for new math texts

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-0 to adopt $21,000 worth of math textbooks to supplement a new second-level algebra course that will be offered next school year.

The School Board will purchase 370 "Algebra 2" McGraw-Hill textbooks. The books will be used in a new course designed for non-honors students who need the course to get accepted into the University of Maryland System.

County Spelling Bee winner honored

Washington County Board of Education President Bernadette M. Wagner on Tuesday recognized Smithsburg Middle School Student Umar Qadri for winning the 2003 Washington County Spelling Bee in March.

Umar, 13, an eighth-grader at Smithsburg Middle School, went on to the Howard Scripps National Spelling Bee held at The Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. last week. He was eliminated during the second phase of the bee, which was a written test. Wagner gave Umar the superintendent's Golden Apple Award.

Creative problem solving teams praised

Washington County Board of Education Member Roxanne R. Ober on Tuesday recognized three Clear Spring Destination ImagiNation teams that made it to the creative problem solving competition's Global Finals in May.

Clear Spring Middle School Team I tied for 25th place, Clear Spring Middle School Team II tied for 31st place and the Clear Spring Elementary School team place 18th at the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Each of the team members received the superintendent's Golden Apple Award.

School rocket team members recognized

Washington County Board of Education Vice President Paul W. Bailey on Tuesday recognized the Boonsboro High School Rocket Team for winning the first-ever Team America Rocketry Challenge in May.

Team members Ameen Mirdamadi, 15, Kayvon Mirdamadi, 13, and Brett Rosenthal, 12, won the national rocket contest by launching their model rocket carrying two large hen's eggs to precisely 1,500 feet and then parachuting the eggs back to earth uncracked.

Each received the superintendent's Golden Apple Award.

Stock Market Game winners commended

Washington County Board of Education Member W. Edward Forrest on Tuesday recognized Stock Market Game winners from Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Smithsburg Middle School and North Hagerstown High School.

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