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School Board briefs

June 08, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Board OKs plan for employee pensions



An enhancement to school staffs' pensions will allow employees who work 30 years to earn more than 28 percent more in their retirements than they could otherwise, Chief Financial Officer Chris South told the Washington County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday.

In the Alternate Contributory Pension Selection Plan, employees' contributions to their retirements gradually will increase from 2 percent now to 5 percent, according to information provided to the board. The school system's contributions will be about $225,000 next year, South said.

The board approved the new plan by a 7-0 vote.




Bids for cafeteria food, supplies OK'd



More than $400,000 worth of milk, bread and rolls will be making its way to Washington County Public Schools' cafeterias next year.

The Board of Education on Tuesday approved a slate of bids for the operation of the cafeterias. The bids included $35,348 for detergent and $1,574 per month for mechanical equipment maintenance and $1,700 per month for refrigeration equipment maintenance. Milk will cost $355,658.40, while bread and rolls will cost $120,843, according to information available to the board.

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Social studies texts will cost $639,910



New social studies textbooks for elementary school students will cost Washington County Public Schools $639,910.

The book adoption was approved by the Board of Education at its regular meeting Tuesday.




South media center, athletics receive gift



South Hagerstown High School's media center and athletic programs got a boost Tuesday with a gift from the Ron Phillips Kids First Fund.

The Washington County Board of Education approved a grant of $3,204.84 from the fund for the school Tuesday.




Loans will pay for playground equipment



Two five-year, interest-free loans will help purchase playground equipment for Funkstown Elementary School and choral outfits for North Hagerstown High School students.

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved a $10,000 loan for Funkstown and a $5,000 loan for North High Choral Boosters. Both will be paid back over five years, Chief Financial Officer Chris South said.




Bid policy changes approved by board



As required by the state, the Washington County Board of Education approved on second reading changes to the system's bid policy.

While the school system previously had to solicit bids for goods and services valued at more than $15,000, the new threshold is $25,000.

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