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Washington County School Board briefs

November 06, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

State officials review schools' master plan


Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Tuesday night at the Washington County Board of Education meeting that members of the Maryland State Department of Education visited the school system last week to review its Master Plan.

She said the group gave mostly positive feedback on the plan, which will be formally reviewed and hopefully approved in the coming weeks, she said.

Board to pay firm to manage services


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-0 to spend $14,400 to have Oxford Associates manage the school system's flexible spending account services. The move will allow School Board employees to use debit-like cards at pharmacies instead of going through the central office for medication money.

School Board Member Jacqueline Fischer abstained from the vote, saying that she didn't understand parts of the proposal.

Don Francis, the school system's director of human resources, said the school system's current plan, which is managed internally, has experienced serious software problems and it would be more cost effective to outsource the work instead of having the school system's benefits employee do it.

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School Board notified of custodian's death


Don Francis, the school system's director of human resources, told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday that Walter Miller Jr., Greenbrier Elementary School's head custodian, died last week while working at the school.

Miller, who was 77, had worked for the School Board for 33 years and was a beloved member of the school and school system community, Francis said.

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