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School Board briefs

July 12, 2006

Board hears results of assessment tests



The 2006 Maryland School Assessment data for Washington County was presented Tuesday to the Board of Education.

The results of the tests, which were released last month, showed increases in both math and reading proficiency for nearly all grade levels.

Boyd Michael III, assistant superintendent for school operations, praised students and teachers for working hard and surpassing state averages in most areas.

"Success is a mixture of system, teachers and students," board member Russell F. Williams said.

During the first week of the 2006-07 school year, parents should be receiving detailed information about their students' test results, officials said. This information also will provide school and county performance.

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Elementary education director is promoted



The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved a new assistant superintendent for secondary instruction.

Donna Hanlin, who was director for elementary education, said after the decision that she was very excited about her new position.

It was left vacant when Boyd Michael III accepted the position of assistant superintendent for school operations.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Hanlin was an obvious choice because she had held a similar position in another Maryland school system.

"We'll be utilizing her excellent talent and experience, but in a different position," she said. "She's been really great."

Board President W. Edward Forrest was absent for the vote.




Design documents for Westfields OK'd



The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved design development documents Tuesday for Westfields Elementary School.

The plans now will be submitted to the Public School Construction Program staff for state review and approval, officials said.Board members said they were impressed with the design plans.

Westfields will be a school in the Westfields development on Sharpsburg Pike. It is expected to cost about $21.3 million and will hold up to 745 students.

The land was donated by developers for the school as part of an agreement with the county.

Tom Janus of Hagerstown, who has filed to run for a position on the Board of Education in the upcoming election, spoke out Tuesday against Westfields.

"I urge you to reconsider this megaschool approach for prekindergarten and grades one through three," he said.

Janus advocated for more personalized facilities, not "megacomplexes."

Board President W. Edward Forrest was absent for the vote.




Boonsboro work, printing deal bids OK'd



The Washington County Board of Education approved bids Tuesday for work at Boonsboro High School and another for a printing contract.

The board voted to approve a bid for ceiling replacement and miscellaneous work at the high school totaling about $449,000.

The board later approved a $643,377 per year contract with OCE Digital Printing. The contract is a five-year agreement.Board President W. Edward Forrest was absent for both votes.




Board OKs federal grant, PTA donation



A PTA donation and a federal grant for two Washington County schools unanimously were approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.

Hickory Elementary School's PTA donated $7,000 to the school that was raised through fundraising efforts, officials said. The money will be used to buy instructional materials, computer software and other items, as well as to fund field trips.

A separate $5,000 grant that was awarded to Bester Elementary School from the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries also was approved Tuesday. The money will be used to buy materials for the school's library.

Board President W. Edward Forrest was absent for both votes.

- Erin Cunningham

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