School Board briefs

November 02, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Developers could fund school projects

The Washington County Board of Education conducted a first reading of a plan that would require developers to fund future school construction projects.

The plan, which the board addressed at Tuesday's meeting, addresses the strain on public schools facilities that has resulted from recent growth in the county. Possible projects to be considered for developer funding are school additions, new schools, and additions and renovations, according to the document.

The board will view the document again at a future meeting.

10 students receive Golden Apple Award

The Washington County Board of Education presented 10 students with a Golden Apple Award at Tuesday's meeting.

The students were honored for their work on The Herald-Mail's teen publication, "Next."

Tyler Austin, Sarah Brown, Katy Haupt, Ana Jantz, John Slick and April Vesely - all from Boonsboro High School - were honored at the meeting. Mary Kavanagh and Lauren Tatro, from North Hagerstown High School; Rosemary Ivosevich, from Washington County Technical High School; and Julie Cook, from Williamsport High School, also were awarded certificates from the board.


Staff changes are announced

Several staff changes were announced Tuesday at the Washington County Board of Education meeting:

- Lisa Appleby joined Bester Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher.

- Sandra Deremer joined Salem Avenue Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher.

- Debra A. Smith, a food service assistant at Eastern Elementary School, resigned.

- Carrie Brown, a fourth-grade teacher at Salem Avenue Elementary School, resigned.

- Wendy Ricker, a math teacher at South Hagerstown High School, resigned.

- Pamela J. Smith, a bus assistant, resigned.

- Jill Lawson, a Smithsburg High School English teacher, is taking a leave of absence until June 2006.

Several appointments also were made:

- Julia Ridenour is now a food service assistant at Eastern Elementary School.

- Angela Smith now works with special education students at Hickory Elementary School.

- Richard Haywood, formerly a North Hagerstown High School custodian, was hired as a general maintenance worker.

- Taffey Parks-Crain, formerly a food service assistant at Smithsburg High School, was hired as a school secretary at Smithsburg Middle School.

Advanced Placement numbers up in county

Washington County Board of Education members heard at Tuesday's meeting that Advanced Placement exams and scores were at an all-time high in 2005.

There were 645 students taking Advanced Placement exams in 2005, and those students took 1,147 exams. Of those exams, there were 511 scores of a 3 or higher - considered the score that will prompt colleges to offer course credit.

The number of exams scored at a 3 or higher rose from 402 last year.

Most students take Advanced Placement courses in English or Social Studies. In 2006, 546 students are enrolled in English Advanced Placement courses and 443 students are enrolled in Social Studies.

Total enrollment has increased for Advanced Placement courses in 2006, with 1,897 expected to take the classes - up from 1,677 in 2005.

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