School Board briefs

December 13, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Teachers association president will retire

Washington County Teachers Association President Claude H. Sasse will retire in July 2007, according to a presentation to the Board of Education during Tuesday's business meeting.

Sasse has worked for Washington County Public Schools for 44 years, according to a document of personnel changes unanimously approved by the board.

Sasse has served as association president for the past six years, and said it is his third time serving in the role.

He taught at Williamsport and Boonsboro high schools, and also spent 10 years as a teacher on the county's educational television. He left the classroom six years ago when he was elected association president.


Sasse, 65, said he had many good memories in his 44 years with the school system.

"It's been very interesting," he said. "There's been a number of good things in the school system, and a number of good people to work for and with."

When Sasse retires, effective July 1, 2007, a new association president will be elected.

New transportation supervisor approved

A new transportation supervisor for Washington County Public Schools was approved Tuesday, along with other personnel changes.

Barbara J. Scotto will begin her role as supervisor of transportation in early January, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said.

She replaces former director of transportation Chris Carter, who resigned in October. He worked with the school system for about 12 years.

Michael said the title of Carter's former position was changed from a director position to a supervisor position to fit the range and scope of the job.

Scotto has both administrative and school system transportation experience, he said.

County delays new management system

A new management system that might have affected paychecks and other issues in Washington County Public Schools will be postponed from its expected January start date.

Board Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour said the plan was to change certain elements of the school system's pay schedule in January. He announced at Tuesday's business meeting that, instead of January, the new human resource management system would be delayed until July 1, 2007.

Ridenour said the management system would mean "dramatic transitions," and there was some confusion and miscommunication involved.

"A committee has been paneled to review some of the issues and make the transition as smooth as possible," Ridenour said.

He said that making the transition an ongoing one over the next seven months would make it a lot less "disturbing" than it previously had been.

BOE members decide panel assignments

Committee leaders and members were approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

Bernadette M. Wagner will chair the curriculum committee, and Paul W. Bailey and Board President Roxanne R. Ober will be on the committee.

Bailey will chair the finance committee, and members will be W. Edward Forrest and Ruth Anne Callaham. Forrest will chair the facilities committee, with William H. Staley and Board Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour as members.

Ridenour will chair the human resources committee, with Bailey and Staley as members.

Ober will chair the policy committee, and Callaham and Wagner will be members.

Chiller replacement OK'd for Sharpsburg

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a chiller replacement at Sharpsburg Elementary School.

The board approved a bid of $127,900 for the project, which was more than $40,000 less than the budgeted amount, according to a document presented to the board.

The project is expected to be completed in April, in time for the air conditioning to be working during the summer months.

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