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School board briefs

May 19, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Board gives final budget approval



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved its final version of the general fund budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

On May 11, the Washington County Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2005 county budget, which included about $78 million for the school board.

The school board's final general fund budget for the year is $157 million.




Academic integrity policy advances



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the first reading of a policy on academic integrity.

Among other issues, the policy covers cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, academic dishonesty and consequences for those actions.

There is no systemwide academic integrity policy although individual schools have policies, said Carisa Ravotta, a teacher at North Hagerstown High School who helped draft the policy.

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Code of conduct gets tentative OK



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the first reading of a policy titled "Code of Conduct: Respect, Responsibility and Civil Behavior."

"The proposed code of conduct for Washington County Public Schools sets high standards for respect, responsibility and civil behavior to which all members of our school communities, adults as well as students, will be expected to adhere," according to the written staff report. "A world-class school system requires that we not only aspire to high academic achievements, but to the highest standards of conduct."

The policy, in part, encourages people to respect diversity and to be honest, kind and considerate.




Rotary honored for Fountaindale support



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday recognized the Longmeadow Rotary Club for its adoption of Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence.

Donna Newcomer-Coble, principal at Fountaindale, recommended the group be honored for joining with the school in support of students' literacy efforts.

Group members have served as tutors and mentors and assisted in the library media center.

Math textbook series purchase approved

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved adoption and purchase of a math textbook series for middle schools.

The total cost, including buying and shipping 5,850 textbooks, is $289,743.

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