School Board OKs $344,200 in textbooks for next school year

June 05, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-0 to purchase $344,200 worth of science, English and math textbooks for the next school year.

Patricia Abernethy, Washington County Public Schools deputy superintendent for instruction, said the school system has $1.4 million in its budget for textbooks in fiscal year 2004.

The School Board voted to buy $277,000 worth of middle school science textbooks to replace a book series that was last purchased in 1993.


The books, sets of four "Holt Science and Technology" mini-textbooks, which include individual books on cells and electricity, for example, will be used by students at each middle school grade level.

In addition to science textbooks, The School Board voted to buy $46,200 worth of Advanced Placement Literature textbooks and Advanced Placement English Language textbooks to be used by students taking the honors course.

Abernethy said the books will be used to accommodate the 802 students signed up next year for the Advanced Placement English course, which had been consolidated with a less rigorous English honors course earlier in the year.

For the English course, The School Board purchased 450 "Norton Reader" books at a cost of $62 a book and will purchase 352 "Perrine's Literature Structure, Sound and Sense" books at $40 each.

About 360 more students than last year signed up for a nonhonors algebra II course for the next school year, prompting the School Board to purchase $21,000 worth of textbooks for the course at Tuesday's meeting, Abernethy said.

The School Board will purchase 370 "Algebra 2" McGraw-Hill textbooks.

Abernethy said the growth in the nonhonors algebra II course is related to the school system's goal to have more students on the track to get accepted into The University System of Maryland.

She said she hopes to propose buying a series of reading textbooks at the next School Board meeting June 17.

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