School Board briefs

November 17, 2004

Substitute teachers to get pay raise

Substitute teachers in Washington County Public Schools will get a pay raise averaging 12.4 percent starting Dec. 1, the Washington County Board of Education decided Tuesday.

The school system has had difficulty getting enough substitute teachers to fill in for absent teachers, Linda Barkdoll, interim human resources director, said Tuesday.

The current pay for substitute teachers ranges from $59 to $75 per day based on their academic credentials, Barkdoll said. The pay range will increase to $69 to $95 per day.

Fountaindale volunteers honored

Two volunteers at Fountaindale Elementary School were honored Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

Brenda Manspeaker volunteered 308 documented hours during the school year that ended in June, said Cynthia Dean, the family and community partnership coordinator.


Maria Werder volunteered 347 documented hours during the last school year, Dean said.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan praised the volunteers. "I just think that's unbelievable," she said.

Young honored, thanked for service

Members of the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday honored and thanked Princeton Young for serving on the board.

The meeting was the last for Young, who did not make it past the primary election in the school board race.

Board President Edward Forrest and board member Bernadette Wagner complimented Young on his work and emphasized that he was particularly successful in being an advocate of the poor.

"You have spoken out for the neediest of all students," Wagner said.

Young, 57, said, "It has been a pleasure working with everyone here."

Young is being replaced by Wayne Ridenour, who is to be sworn in at a Dec. 9 meeting.

Gov. Robert Ehrlich appointed Young to the school board in May 2003 to fill the seat vacated by Dori Nipps, who was elected a Washington County Commissioner in November 2002.

HR department to be reorganized

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a reorganization plan for the Human Resources Department.

The plan includes adding two positions - for a certification audit specialist and an administrative secretary - at a total cost of about $120,000, said Linda Barkdoll, interim human resources director.

New contract for buses awarded

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday awarded a contract of about $700,000 for 11 new school buses.

The contract was awarded to Atlantic Transportation Equipment Ltd. of Landover, Md.

The buses first will be used for the school year that begins next fall, Transportation Director Chris Carter said.

Two education resolutions passed

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday passed a resolution recognizing Nov. 14-20 as American Education Week and Nov. 17 as Educational Support Professionals Day.

The resolution was given to representatives of the three employee groups.

- Scott Butki

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