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School board briefs

June 16, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Stock market students honored



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday honored four students for doing well in a state stock market game.

Students, working as a team, start with a virtual cash account of $100,000 and try to get the best portfolio using a live trading simulation.

A team of eighth-grade students from Smithsburg Middle School placed second in the state in the fall 2003 competition.

The students on that team were Michael Baer, Bryce Gates, Tamir Kheiri and Kyle Raios, a written report to the board said. Baer and Gates attended Tuesday's meeting.

Their teacher, Nancy Souders, also was honored.

The team's virtual portfolio went from $100,000 to $117,561 over a 10-week period, the report said.

On May 26, the students were honored at Towson University.




Facilities committee summarizes its work



Members of a Washington County Board of Education advisory committee on facilities and enrollment told the board Tuesday about some of the ideas being discussed.

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Scott Horning, chairman of the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee, summarized the committee's June 3 meeting and talked about what it will discuss when it meets in October.

Horning said William Blum, the school system's chief operating officer, has estimated student enrollment is expected to increase by about 1 percent per year for the next 10 years.

When the group meets next members will discuss ideas including the availability of space at Hagerstown Medical Laboratory's building at 747 Northern Ave. as a future site of Antietam Academy, Horning said.

Moving Antietam Academy from its site adjacent to South Hagerstown High School would free up space at the high school, Horning said.

After the meeting, Blum and Horning said the change is just a possibility. Moving a school would require Board of Education approval.




Consolidation of policies approved



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the first reading of a policy that consolidates 15 existing policies.

Board President W. Edward Forrest praised the policy, which spells out the setting of policies by the board, for being more efficient and less cumbersome.

The document defines policies as "those principles formally adopted by the board in order to manage the school system."




Class public service announcement shown



Two versions of a 30-second public service announcement created by a digital communications class at Washington County Technical High School were shown to the Washington County Board of Education during Tuesday's meeting.

Students at Fountaindale Elementary School, working with music teacher Kari Kitt, acted and sang in the public service announcement.

Rob Hovermale, coordinator of fine arts, wrote and produced music for the ads.

John Jones, the digital communications class teacher, coordinated production of the script with input from system spokeswoman Carol Mowen.

Some of the elementary school students appearing in the ads attended Tuesday's meeting and were thanked by school board Vice President Roxanne Ober, who referred to some of them as "young stars."

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