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School Board briefs

October 06, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Mom says daughter is target of bully



A mother whose daughter allegedly was hurt in an incident involving another girl at school told the Washington County Board of Education she would like to see a more consistent response to bullying.

Kim Sandeen, the president of the Bester Elementary School PTA, presented the board with pictures that showed bruising on her daughter, who she said was hurt by another girl at a middle school in the county.

She told the board at its Tuesday meeting she has been dissatisfied with the response she has received so far regarding the incident. The girl involved in the alleged attack has threatened to put her daughter in the hospital, she said.

"Personally, I think that warrants much more than a one-day suspension," Sandeen told the board.

Sandeen said she believes instead of allowing principals discretion in meting out punishments, the school system should have a consistent policy regarding bullying.

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Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said bullying is "intolerable," and told Sandeen it is "something we're working on."

To protect the students' privacy, Morgan suggested Sandeen talk privately with school staff in attendance at Tuesday's meeting.




Board approves master plan changes



Maryland State Department of Education officials will need to do some heavy lifting when it comes to inspecting Washington County Public Schools' goals, achievements and objectives.

The Board of Education approved revisions to the 2003-2010 Master Plan, which must be delivered to the state by Oct. 17, Patricia Abernethy, deputy superintendent for instruction, said Tuesday night.

The huge document lays out how the school system plans to achieve its three major goals of peak performance for students and staff, continuous process improvement and customer/stakeholder involvement.

Some of the initiatives to reach peak performance include expanding pre-kindergarten classes and music programs, adding more teachers for English-language learners and expanding interventions and Advanced Placement courses, Abernethy told the board.

Abernethy said after the board's meeting Tuesday that she expects to hear the state's input about the Master Plan in November.




Schools raise funds for hurricane victims



Washington County Public Schools students and staff have raised about $60,000 to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan called the efforts "just remarkable," and she thanked people for their "generosity of spirit" in responding to the crisis in the Gulf Coast.

The donations included a campaign at Boonsboro Elementary School, which raised more than $11,000, according to school system spokeswoman Carol Mowen.

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