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School board briefs

January 11, 2006|By KAREN HANNA

Outdated books replaced in schools



Texts covering the construction of the Berlin Wall and its demolition have replaced outdated books in Washington County classrooms, Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan told the Board of Education Tuesday.

Since the 2003-04 school year, the system has worked to improve and update its textbooks, Boyd Michael, executive director for secondary education, and JoEtta Palkovitz-Brown, executive director for elementary education, said during a report to the board.

In all, the county's purchases of textbooks could total almost $4 million since the 2003-04 school year if the board approves a slate of purchases planned for the fall.




Soil woes add up



Bad soils will add $18,977 to the cost of the construction of six additional classrooms at Salem Avenue Elementary School.

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The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night approved a change order to pay Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., the additional money after excavation at the school revealed soil with insufficient bearing capacity.

According to a letter sent by the company in September, the removal and replacement of the soil with soil more suitable for building delayed the project 18 contract days and cost $18,977. The company was able to resume work on the foundation Aug. 29, 2005.

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