Board of education briefs

December 07, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Board of Education elects officers for the year

With two quick unanimous votes, Washington County Board of Education members selected their officers for the year Tuesday night.

President Paul W. Bailey relinquished his position by nominating W. Edward Forrest as president, while Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer reprised her role when board member Wayne D. Ridenour nominated her to serve again.

All board members in attendance approved the officers, and Forrest and Bailey traded seats, though their nameplates remained in place during the course of Tuesday's regular board meeting. Board member Russell F. Williams was absent.

After the meeting, Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan and board members praised Bailey's leadership. Morgan called him "one of the finest board members that I have ever worked with in the state, and one of the finest human beings that I have known."


Board subcommittee to deal with redistricting

Meetings of a Washington County Public Schools subcommittee that will deal with redistricting could begin next month.

According to Leslie LeBlanc, chair of the Facilities Enrollment Advisory Committee, a subcommittee to advise the Board of Education on issues involving growth will begin meeting in January. The facilities committee has not yet discussed redistricting, but LeBlanc said school overcrowding and the construction of new buildings probably will force the school system to reassign children to different schools.

"I think even up until last year, people were saying, 'Oh no, it's not an option, we don't want to talk about redistricting,'" LeBlanc said after telling the board about the new subcommittee's formation at Tuesday night's meeting.

According to LeBlanc, the subcommittee, which will make recommendations to the board, is open to anyone.

Board accepts donation for Boonsboro athletics

Soccer, cheerleading and wrestling uniforms, and basketballs are some of the items Boonsboro High School athletes will enjoy after the Washington County Board of Education accepted a donation of $9,450 from Boonsboro Athletic Boosters Inc. Tuesday night.

Clear Spring High School to get new bleachers

Next year's Clear Spring High School sports fans will be able to watch home games from new seats.

The Washington County Board of Education approved a $51,900 bid from Recreation Resource Inc. of Kennett Square, Pa., to install new exterior bleachers at the high school.

According to information provided by the school system, the existing 160-seat bleachers will be relocated to a site next to the press box, and the new bleachers will be even with the front.

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