School board briefs

August 18, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Preschool policy gets first reading

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday had its first reading of a policy governing enrollment of preschool students and the selection of sites where the students will be taught.

The policy is not a change from how prekindergarten has been provided in the past but simply makes formal the rules that have been in place for many years, said Jill Burkhart, supervisor of elementary reading, social studies and early learning.

The school system needs to formalize the rules in order to meet state and federal mandates, she said.

While several factors determine program eligibility, the most important factor is income, Burkhart said.

The program is funded by state and federal grants, provided rules regarding eligibility are followed.

Families who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, a discount given to students from low-income families, are eligible for the program, Burkhart said.

Poison ivy concerns board member

Washington County Board of Education member Russell Williams said during Tuesday's board meeting that he considered taking an action he feared might get him arrested.


Williams said he is concerned about poison ivy on a path at Memorial Boulevard at Frederick Street that is used by students.

He said he told City of Hagerstown employees about the problem about two weeks ago, but as far as he can tell, nothing has been done about it.

Williams said he has considered using weed killer to kill the poison ivy, but "I have decided that would get me arrested."

If the poison ivy is not removed before school starts for students on Aug. 25, he said he thinks parents should be told to have their children avoid it.

Karen Giffin, the city's public information officer, said Williams' concern will be handled.

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