School board briefs

March 22, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Operating budget gains board nod

Washington County Public Schools' proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved Tuesday.

The budget, which was unanimously approved by the school board, included $25 million in increases over last year's general fund budget and is about $220 million. The budget will be presented to Washington County Commissioners March 27 at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School.

Rotary leaders honored by board

Long Meadow Rotary Club leaders Rich Lenehan and Jeff Hayzlett were honored during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education business meeting.

Lenehan and Hayzlett were recognized for a $1,000 donation used for the school system's music and arts program.

Political involvement policy approved

The Washington County Board of Education approved a policy Tuesday related to political involvement of the school system's employees and volunteers.


The policy, which was adopted 6-0, with board member Ruth Anne Callaham absent for the vote, allows all school system employees to participate in political activities as long as they do not interfere with an employee's professional responsibilities.

The policy also states that the activities cannot interfere with the employee's school schedule and cannot be in conflict with the board's policies.

According to the policy, volunteers are encouraged to refrain from engaging in political activity that may interfere with their volunteer activities.

Bid awarded for school project

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to award a $28,462 bid for testing and inspections related to the Maugansville Elementary School project.

The vote was unanimous, and the bid was awarded to Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates of Hagerstown Inc., which was the lowest bidder, officials said.

Funds for the work are available from the state and local capital improvement programs, according to documents provided to the board.

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