School board briefs

January 10, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Stadium committee thanks Board of Ed

Mike Callas Stadium committee members thanked the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday night and others who made the stadium project possible.

The committee presented the board with a large, ceremonial check for $4.8 million, which represented fundraising efforts for the $5 million stadium.

Stipend for band directors sought

Kim Austin, chairperson of the Boonsboro High School citizens advisory council, told the Board of Education Tuesday that more financial incentives are needed for the county's band directors, choral directors and music teachers.

Austin asked that the board consider giving those teachers a stipend because of the extra time they spend with students outside of school hours.


"Coaches receive a stipend," she said. "(I) ask that the Washington County school system investigate that band directors and other music-related positions are compensated."

Institute for the Arts discussed

The Washington County Board of Education received a report Tuesday night about Summer Institute for the Arts, a multi-week summer performing arts camp.

The camp is a partnership between the school system and Authentic Community Theatre Inc. and is for those ages 8 to 18, according to the report.

Authentic Community Theatre Inc. invites students to work with local and international artists to use drama, music, movement and visual art.

Officials said tuition assistance and scholarships are available.

Russell Williams, a former board member, questioned why so few minorities were involved in the program. He said assistance should be given for those students unable to provide their own transportation to the camp.

"Those who attended had to get there on their own," he said. "They had to find a parent or someone else to take them there and pick them up. Those children (who could not do that) were denied the chance to participate."

Program of studies meets approval

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve the high school program of studies for the 2007-08 school year.

The board voted to approve the program 5-1, with Board Member William H. Staley opposed and Board Member W. Edward Forrest absent.

Before the vote, Staley questioned why courses in the skilled trades were not added to the program.

"We're forgetting about the masses and concentrating on a few," he said. "I have a real problem with that."

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