School Board briefs

August 03, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Schools will have 179 new teachers

According to Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, Washington County Public Schools' employee rolls include 179 new teachers.

Morgan told the Board of Education Tuesday night the new teachers include 89 teachers with previous experience. Forty-two teachers have worked in other school capacities, she said.

The system hired many of the teachers because of enrollment growth, but others will replace teachers who have retired, Morgan said.

Eighty-one of the new teachers will be assigned to elementary schools, 38 to middle schools and 60 to high schools, Morgan said.


Ten teachers from countries such as Cuba, San Salvador and Australia have traveled to the United States as part of the Visiting International Faculty Program, Morgan said.

Board welcomes new supervisor

The Washington County Board of Education welcomed one new supervisor to work Tuesday and said goodbye to the school system's chief legal counsel.

Jeff Lucas, a Washington County resident who has worked for the Maryland State Department of Education, takes over as supervisor of career technology and enrichment programs for Arnold Hammann, who became the new director of information management and instructional technology last month.

Tammy Turner, the school system's chief legal counsel for three years, has taken a job in another school system, Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan told the board Tuesday.

Morgan commended Turner for her work.

"Hard shoes to fill, high heels to fill," she quipped.

Board approves three donations

The Washington County Board of Education made short work of three donations to schools Tuesday night.

The board voted to approve a donation of equipment worth $4,327.75 from the Hancock Athletic Boosters to Hancock Middle-Senior High School, a donation of $4,218.75 to Clear Spring Middle School and a donation of $5,327.26 to Clear Spring Elementary School.

The Leonard P. Snyder Fund Inc. donated both gifts to the Clear Spring schools to purchase instructional materials.

Leftover funds to go to new print shop

Money left over from two public school projects will be put toward completion of a new print shop at Washington County Technical High School, Chris South, director of budget and finance, told the Board of Education Tuesday night.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the transfer of funds totaling $130,000. About $15,000 of the funds were left over from relocatable expenditures and the completion of work on Northern Middle School's roof, South said. About $115,000 of the funds were undesignated athletic funds, he said.

Board member Bernadette Wagner voted against the transfer.

Wagner said after the meeting she did not have enough information to approve the motion.

"I don't want to vote on something I'm not well-informed about," Wagner said.

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