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School Board briefs

January 26, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Board delays vote on operating budget



During a meeting in which Washington County Board of Education members several times asked to make minor changes to the agenda, the biggest scheduling change was what did not come to a vote.

Board member Bernadette Wagner asked the board to remove the consideration of a draft operating budget from Tuesday night's agenda. The board agreed, and according to a new budget calendar adopted by the board, the draft document is slated for adoption Jan. 31.

According to the document that was available throughout some of the day Tuesday on a board-agenda Web site, the draft budget for fiscal year 2007 would have totaled more than $192 million. That budget later was pulled off the Web site.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said after the meeting that the board decided to hold off on the budget because of news that the state plans to give the school system more money than was anticipated.

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"It is a good problem for us to have," Morgan said.

Board President Edward Forrest said the board still is hoping to hear a more concrete figure from the state so it can prepare the schools' budget.

"Obviously, it's a large budget, and we want to make sure that everything's aligned to the master plan," Forrest said after the meeting.

According to the calendar adopted Tuesday, the board will conduct a public hearing Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. before revising the draft document and presenting a proposed budget to the Washington County Commissioners for final approval this spring.




Shifler Electric gives $4,000 to schools



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a gift of $4,500 from Shifler Electric Associates Inc.

The money might go toward technological improvements, Facilities Management Director Rod Turnbough said Tuesday night after the board's meeting.




Elementary schools will get milk coolers



Students at two Washington County elementary schools soon will be able to say they got new milk coolers.

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a grant for $9,800 from the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association to furnish Lincolnshire and Eastern elementary schools with two milk coolers each.




Elementary education director is honored



Washington County Public Schools' executive director of elementary education is retiring.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan praised JoEtta Palkovitz-Brown on Tuesday night as the board accepted a slate of personnel changes, including the approval of Palkovitz-Brown's retirement, effective July 1.

Palkovitz-Brown said her 34 years in education have brought rewards and challenges, and she called the experience "a privilege and a pleasure."

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