Productivity center given new life

November 24, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Keeping in line with goals set by the Washington County Board of Education, the school system's staff development office has been renamed, restructured and relocated.

The staff development office has been renamed the Center for Peak Performance and Productivity and has moved from a couple of small offices in the School Board's central office to the School Board's library, which formerly housed school artifacts and documents.

The former Instructional Resource Library area is being converted into an area for training teachers, administrators and central office staff.

"Most counties, most school systems have some sort of training room," said Laura Hart, supervisor of the Center for Peak Performance and Productivity.


Hart, who worked in August as a staff development consultant, was named its part-time supervisor a month later and was named its full-time supervisor Oct. 22.

The staff development office previously was run by a director, a higher-paying position, and had about seven staff members, but now it has about five, Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.

Carpenters are working to create more meeting spaces within the old library, which has been renamed the Summit Meeting Room.

The Instructional Resource Library conference room has been renamed the Appalachian Room, library meeting room 157B has been renamed the South Mountain conference room and library meeting room 157A has been renamed the Maryland Heights conference room, Hart said.

Carol Mowen, the school system's spokeswoman, said the library was the only space available at the central office that could be converted to a training room.

She said the School Board can hold only training sessions in its auditorium now. Although it's a large space, Mowen said, it sometimes is used by people from outside the school system, which can pose a problem for staff who want to meet.

Hart said some of the school's artifacts have been stored for future collection, and historical documents and pictures were donated to the Washington County Free Library's Western Maryland Room. Some books were distributed among the school system's libraries, she said.

Morgan said the office was renamed to tie in with the school system's Master Plan, which calls for higher performance and productivity on the part of staff and students.

Mowen said it's important for staff to be well trained because student performance is tied directly to the performance of classroom teachers.

Mowen said the library's remodeling was in this fiscal year's budget.

Before coming to Washington County, Hart worked for Montgomery County Public Schools and, most recently, trained school staffs in former Soviet Union countries.

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