School briefs

October 18, 2004

Board hears report on enrollment

The Washington County Board of Education heard an extensive report from Chief Operating Officer William Blum concerning enrollment growth during a special work session Oct. 5.

Information regarding the meeting is detailed in an expanded board update issue available in schools and on the school system's Web site at

The board is planning a special report to parents, staff and the community on this and other issues under consideration this year, according to a press release from Carol Mowen, school system spokeswoman.

School board member forums planned

Three Evenings with School Board Members forums will focus on enrollment growth and capital needs this year.


During these forums, the board will seek community input about future programs necessary to meet the needs of additional students. The schedule for these forums, all of which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. is:

· Nov. 9 at North Hagerstown High School for the North High and Smithsburg area feeder system

· Jan. 25, 2005 at South Hagerstown High for the South High and Boonsboro area feeder system

· April 12, 2005 at Clear Spring High for Clear Spring, Hancock and Williamsport area feeders.

For information, call the Public Information Office at 301-766-2809.

HCC offers time to file for financial aid

The Financial Aid Department of Hagerstown Community College is offering two free sessions to those wishing to file a 2004-05 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via computer.

Anyone wanting to apply for financial aid for the fall 2004, spring 2005 and summer 2005 semesters may access the FAFSA Web site, file the federal aid form and have questions answered about paying for college.

Sessions will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 122 of the Learning Resource Center. People planning to file need to bring their 2003 income tax returns and W2s. Students younger than 24 years of age, not married, not a veteran and without children whom they support, may need the 2003 tax returns and W2s of their parents.

Reservations are recommended. Register by sending the student's name, address, phone number and date of attendance via e-mail to or call 301-790-2800, ext. 473.

Office raises money for cancer research

Washington County Public Schools Central Office staff raised $370 on Oct. 8 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Kelly Kramer, elementary math/science curriculum and instruction specialist coordinated the effort. It was designated as denim day and employees dressed casually for their day of work in exchange for a contribution to the Komen Foundation.

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