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April 06, 2005

Schools employee recognized for work


Gary Dodds, supervisor of food and nutrition services, was honored by the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night with the schools' Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan and school board members commended Dodds for helping identify and sign up students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. The program is used as an indicator of school system poverty, which helps determine state funding levels.

Morgan said only a handful of employees have been honored with the award.

Bid approved for computer wiring


The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a bid for $338,561 to upgrade computer wiring at Smithsburg High School.

According to school system Chief Operating Officer William Blum, a bid from Queen City Electric, of Cumberland, Md., was the only one the school system received.

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The bid was higher than the estimates of $260,000 for the work, Blum said, and certain "niceties" were eliminated to bring the bid cost down to $338,561.

The wiring work, he said, is "very much long overdue."

Tentative last day of school is June 7


Washington County Public Schools students' last day of school most likely will be June 7.

Patricia Abernethy, deputy superintendent for instruction, told the school board Tuesday night that the school system's calendar includes eight extra days, in case of unforeseen school closures, such as for snow.

Abernethy said because the system has called off just three snow days this year, the last day of school tentatively can be revised to June 7. Graduations, she said, would be June 9 and June 10.

Ober says academy will 'grow our own'


Washington County Board of Education member Roxanne Ober said she believes a teacher academy at North Hagerstown High School will help the school system "grow our own."

The board unanimously accepted curriculum revisions for the teacher academy and the fire and rescue academy at its business meeting Tuesday night.

- Karen Hanna

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