School Board briefs

November 10, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Ex-student members of board are honored

Two former student members of the Washington County Board of Education were honored during Thursday night's business meeting.

Zachary Jamison, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, served from July 2005 to January 2006.

Usama Qadri, a Smithsburg High School graduate, served on the board from February to June 2006. He is a freshman at Yale University.

The two were commended for their work on the board.

Report relates how art is used in teaching

Washington County Board of Education members received a report Thursday on how art is being used as a way of teaching other curriculum at Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence and Emma K. Doub School for Arts and Technology.

"It is the means by which an idea is taught," said Sandy Gray-Murray, arts infusion specialist.

Several students demonstrated ways they had used art to help them master curriculum in language arts, math and other areas.


Board member Russell F. Williams questioned what arts integration might be replacing, and whether is was taking time from other things.

"In some cases, yes, the burden of time can be an obstacle," Gray-Murray said. "We are hoping it is not an add-on to the curriculum ... just the way the curriculum is taught."

More than 21,000 students are enrolled

Washington County Public Schools officials said Thursday that 21,052 students are enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12.

An additional 515 are enrolled in the county's prekindergarten classes, officials said.

Enrollment in the county's public schools was up 448 students this year over last. The most gains were made in elementary schools, with an additional 251 students. There were nearly 200 more students this year in the county's high schools, and only six more middle-school students this year than last.

Board approves land transaction

The Washington County Board of Education voted Thursday to approve a land transaction near Maugansville Elementary School.

Boyd Michael, assistant superintendent for school operations, said officials were voting on an "exchange of some land with the owner."

The land, which is about 5,000 square feet, will be used as a service entrance for food service, garbage and emergency services, Michael said.

Chief Legal Counsel Anthony Trotta told board members that the land available for a service road was not sufficient.

Board members voted 6-0 to approve the real estate transaction. Board member Bernadette M. Wagner attended the meeting, but was not present for the vote.

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