School Board Briefs

August 17, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Board screens video for new employees

A 12-minute welcome video for Washington County Public Schools was screened at Tuesday's school board meeting.

The video includes interviews with several employees and administrators who offer motivational thoughts.

Carol Mowen, a public information officer for the school system, said last year's welcome video won an audio/video excellence award from the National School Public Relations Association, which is based in Rockville, Md.

Washington County started producing the welcome videos after eliminating an annual convocation for employees four years ago.

Study: County students outscored the state's

A consultant showed the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday how the county's middle school students outscored the state's in math and reading test scores.

Independent education consultant John C. Larson's study plotted test scores against Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) rates as a way to look at demographically similar area. As FARM rates increased, meaning more students received those meals, Maryland School Assessment test proficiency dropped, the charts show.


In almost every instance, Washington County was above the state average. Larson joked that it was the "Lake Wobegon effect."

The reference was to Garrison Keillor's made-up town on the radio program "A Prairie Home Companion." In Lake Wobegon, all of the children are above average, Keillor says.

Board accepts donation from athletic boosters

The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 Tuesday to accept a $4,000 donation from the Boonsboro Athletic Boosters to Boonsboro High School.

Robert T. "Bo" Myers, the district's executive director of secondary school administration, said the money will help the high school's athletic programs.

Grant to help train math and science staff

Washington and Howard counties jointly secured a $1.4 million grant to train staff in math and science, a school official said Tuesday.

Patricia Abernethy, Washington County Public Schools' deputy superintendent for instruction, said Washington County is the lead system for science and Howard County is the lead system for math. She said the training will be at the middle school level.

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