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School board briefs

October 18, 2006

South resolution announced

Washington County Board of Education members announced a resolution Tuesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of South Hagerstown High School.

Jimmy Winters, who represented the anniversary planning committee, and Rick Akers, South High principal, were at the meeting.

South High's homecoming game is Friday, and there will be a tailgate picnic and sock hop, Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.

South High is one of 14 county schools to have reached the 50-year or older milestone, she said.

13 admitted early

School system officials announced Tuesday that 13 students were enrolled in kindergarten early this year, the first time the county has had early admission.

Jill Burkhart, acting director for elementary education, said that according to the state, incoming kindergartners must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 of that school year.

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With early admission, the student can be 5 years old by Oct. 31. Those students who meet that criteria and wish to enroll early are ass for their school readiness, Burkhart said.

This year, 86 students were assessed. Of those, 10 were enrolled early based on that assessment, officials said. Three students parents' appealed the decisions, and 13 kindergarten students were admitted early.

Independent audit services approved

Washington County Board of Education members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a second year of independent audit services.

They voted to continue working with Albright Crumbacker Moul & Itell LLP, which will cost $32,000.

In 2005, the board requested proposals for independent auditor services. The terms called for a one-year contract with the option to renew for the second, third, fourth and fifth years at specified amounts.

Impact aid rep namedWashington County Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Chris South was unanimously approved Tuesday as the school system's federal impact aid representative for fiscal year 2007.

The representative is the local liaison between the U.S. Department of Education and the local school district for matters related to the Impact Aid Program. South has served as the Board of Education's authorized impact aid representative for the past 10 years.

Design drawings for Pangborn OK'd

Design development drawings for Pangborn Elementary School were unanimously approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

The documents will now be submitted to the Public School Construction Program staff for state review and approval.

In June, board members approved design plans for the 84,000-square-foot elementary school. Construction was expected to begin in 2007, and the school was scheduled to open in fall 2008, officials have said.

The school will replace the existing Pangborn Elementary School.

The cost of the school has been estimated at $18.7 million.

- Erin Cunningham

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