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School Board briefs

October 22, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Firm will manage benefits packages


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 4-3 to have the Baltimore firm Bolton Partners Inc. manage its benefits packages at a cost of $50,000 a year.

The vote came after discussion that the $68,400 bid from CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services of Maryland Inc. was too high. Schools officials said they recommended CBIZ, based in Calverton, Md., because the company has worked for the school system for the past nine years and is more focused on Western Maryland.

School Board members W. Princeton Young, Jacqueline Fischer and Vice President Paul W. Bailey voted to retain CBIZ. Russell Williams, W. Edward Forrest, Roxanne R. Ober and President Bernadette M. Wagner voted for Bolton Partners.




Boundary between schools is adjusted


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 7-0 to adjust the boundary line between Paramount Elementary School and Potomac Heights Elementary School districts.

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Dennis McGee, the school system's director of facilities management, said Hillside Manor, a proposed 72-house development, which is to be located near Potomac Manor, would be shifted from Paramount's district to that of Potomac Heights.

He said the middle and high school boundaries are not affected. No students are affected by the move, he said.




Hagerstown firm will replace part of roof


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 7-0 to spend $37,500 to replace a shingle roof over a portion of the administration building at the School Board's central office.

Dennis McGee, the school system's director of facilities management, said the portion of the building was erected in 1936 and the roof needs to be replaced.

The School Board voted to have Hagerstown-based Bonded Applicators of Maryland Inc. perform the work.




Fifth-grader sings at school board meeting


Sarah Benkert, a fifth-grader at Eastern Elementary School, on Tuesday sang for the Washington County Board of Education a song she wrote, "Just Say No."

School Board President Bernadette M. Wagner awarded Benkert a World Class Student Award.

Benkert's song will be sung by the entire school during the morning announcements on Oct. 29.




County schools get Golden Apple awards


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday recognized Sharpsburg Elementary School and E. Russell Hicks Middle School, which were designated Maryland Center for Character Education Schools of the Year.

School Board President Bernadette M. Wagner gave Golden Apple awards to staff and student representatives from the schools.

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