School board briefs

October 09, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Third-grader's art earns two awards

Washington County Board of Education President Bernadette M. Wagner gave a Golden Apple award and the school system's World Class Student award Tuesday to Emma K. Doub Elementary School third-grader Dalton Gank.

Gank, who brought to the School Board meeting two self-portraits, one in purple and one in yellow, told the School Board how each of the colors affects his mood. Purple made him feel hungry and yellow made him feel warm, he said.

Dalton, 8, was accompanied at the meeting by his art teacher, Sandy Gray-Murray.

Auditors ask board, staff to review policy

Independent auditors from the firm Albright, Crumbacker, Moul and Itell, LLP presented their audit findings to the Washington County Board of Education at its Tuesday night meeting.

For the eighth year in a row, the auditors returned an unqualified audit opinion, said Carol Mowen, the school system's spokeswoman.


The auditors, who said overall the School Board is a "low-risk auditee," asked that the School Board and school system staff review a current policy regarding minor equipment purchased in conjunction with a major capital project.

Groups sign annual contracts Tuesday

The Washington County Teachers Association, the Educational Support Personnel Local No. 1 and the school system's Association of Supervisors and Administrators, along with the Washington County Board of Education, signed annual contracts Tuesday night at the School Board meeting.

Report given on New Teacher Academy

Some mentor resource teachers in Washington County Public Schools presented a report on the New Teacher Academy, which started this year as an incentive program for new teachers to get oriented with the school system and to receive extra training.

Carol Costello, resource teacher with the school system, reported that 139 new teachers were hired this year. Among them, 106 were women and 33 were men, 85 had completed their bachelor's degrees and 54 had completed their master's degrees, and 71 had no experience while 16 had more than 15 years of experience.

Board OKs purchase of German textbooks

The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 on Tuesday to purchase a series of high school German textbooks at a cost of $14,621.36.

School Board Member W. Princeton Young was absent at the time of the vote.

Board to buy eight replacement buses

The Washington County Board of Education voted 7-0 on Tuesday to spend $498,852 to buy eight replacement buses for fiscal year 2004-05 from Atlantic Transportation Equipment Ltd. of Beltsville, Md.

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