School board briefs

March 05, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Facilities naming policy gets reading

The Washington County Board of Education at its Thursday meeting had its first reading of a proposed revision to a policy on the naming of facilities.

Under the proposed revision, facilities can be named after "individuals who have made a significant contribution to education in the community, the state or the nation."

The current version limits the naming of facilities to geographical areas and historical place names.

The revised version would grant naming rights for schools and facilities that are donated or funded with private donations.

The change would allow the possible sale of naming rights for all or part of a proposed North Hagerstown High School stadium.

Board approves next school calendar

The Washington County Board of Education on Thursday approved the calendar for the 2004-05 school year.

Under the approved calendar, the first day of classes is to be Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The board's calendar committee suggests that the school year begin on Aug. 24 in the 2005-2006 school year.

Presentation outlines technology programs

Arnold Hammann, supervisor of career technology, made a presentation to the Washington County Board of Education on Thursday on Career Technology Education programs offered by the school system.

The school system has 90 career technology education teachers, Hammann said. The school system offers 25 career technology programs that include 84 different courses, he said.

In fall 2003, 4,308 high school students participated in the career technology programs and there are 3,816 students enrolled during the current semester, he said.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the presentation should dispel some "misinformation" about the number of career programs having dropped.

"Our career and technology programs are alive and well, and not shrinking but greatly expanding," Morgan said.

As part of the same presentation, Washington County Technical High School Principal Jeff Stouffer said the school has its highest enrollment ever this year.

Enrollment has increased from 354 in 2001-2002 to 378 in 2002-2003 to 405 in the current school year, he said.

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