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School board briefs

January 25, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

State recognizes county schools



Fifteen elementary and middle schools in Washington County were recognized Tuesday for achievement during the 2005-06 school year.

The recognition comes from the Maryland State Department of Education, which recognizes schools in areas of overall achievement on the Maryland School Assessment and for improvement among subgroups.

Schools that were Title I schools during the 2005-06 school year received monetary awards of $2,746 each, and other schools received $1,000 each, school officials said.

All funds will be used for instructional programs.

The 15 recognized Washington County schools were Bester, Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Eastern, Greenbrier, Old Forge, Paramount, Pleasant Valley, Potomac Heights, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg and Winter Street elementary schools, and Boonsboro, Smithsburg and Springfield middle schools.

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Board to talk about possible redistricting



The Washington County Board of Education delayed talks Tuesday on possible school redistricting until the public has a chance to comment.

The vote was unanimous to table the discussion, which likely will take place at the school board's Feb. 6 business meeting.

Attendance areas for the new Westfields, Pangborn and Maugansville elementary schools could be affected, according to school board documents. Other attendance areas also could be affected, officials said.

Boyd Michael, assistant superintendent for school operations, said information about the possible redistricting plans will be posted on the school system's Web site, www.wcboe.k12.md.us.




Lighting replacement OK'd at Clear Spring



A lighting replacement costing more than $50,000 for Clear Spring Middle School was approved Tuesday.

The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved the replacement of the lighting ballasts and fluorescent tubes throughout the building. The board accepted the lowest bid.

Schools officials said the replacement will make the lighting more efficient and reduce energy costs.




Copier replacement, contract approved



A copy machine contract was approved Tuesday that will lower the Washington County Public Schools' yearly cost by about $23,000.

The vote was unanimous to approve the five-year contract renewal.

The current contract for the copy machine has a yearly cost of about $69,000, according to school system documents. The contract approved Tuesday is for a new machine that will replace the old one, with an average annual cost of about $46,000.

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