School board briefs

January 11, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Visiting teacher says she feels welcome

As a two-time Visiting International Faculty teacher, Dianne Stokes told the Washington County Board of Education she has enjoyed the opportunity to learn from her travels.

Stokes, an Australian woman who is among a group of international teachers working for the school system this year, said she and her colleagues "have had nothing but welcome" since coming here.

Stokes said she has tried to learn from her experiences abroad, and she has shared aspects of Australian culture with her students.

Stokes first taught in the United States as a visiting teacher in North Carolina.

"And, I had such a good time, I wanted to come back again," she told the board.

Resident criticizes board's action

The Washington County Board of Education exercised the "opposite of knowledge" when it awarded construction bids without consideration of cost, one resident said during Tuesday's meeting.


Daniel Moeller, who has been critical of the board in the past, said during the public comment segment of the meeting that he believes the board's policy of awarding bids based on quality, instead of cost, almost guarantees the system will pay more for work.

"There are a lot of people in this room who have advanced degrees. Can I see a show of hands of anyone who has a degree in common sense?" Moeller said, walking out of the board room as he finished up his comments.

According to a company turned down by the board, the board passed up the opportunity to save more than $700,000 because of its policy of considering quality, not price, The Herald-Mail has reported.

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