School board briefs

April 04, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Terms reached with two school groups

Washington County Public Schools principals and assistant principals will receive no more than a 7 percent raise in the upcoming school year contract, with the exception of principals at North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high schools.

Administrators at the school system's central office will receive a 4 percent raise in the new contracts, plus a step increase, which is about a 7 percent increase.

The agreement with the supervisors and administrators was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.

Chief Financial Officer Chris South said salary for principals is based on the difficulty of the assignment, which weighs factors like enrollment.

Donation approved for Greenbrier school

The Washington County Board of Education approved a donation of more than $5,000 Tuesday for Greenbrier Elementary School.


The donation of $5,485.82 from the Greenbrier PTA will be used to purchase new media center furnishings. The furnishings should be in place this month.

The board's vote to approve the donation was unanimous, with Board Member W. Edward Forrest absent.

Bid for Pangborn school approved

A bid for site work at Pangborn Elementary School was approved Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

The board unanimously approved the lowest bid of $1.77 million. Boyd Michael, assistant superintendent for school operations, said the bid was about $139,000 less than the original estimate.

A replacement school for the existing Pangborn Elementary is scheduled to open in 2008, along with a replacement elementary school for Maugansville Elementary and a new elementary school in the Westfields community south of Hagerstown.

New roof approved for school office

A new roof at the Washington County Public Schools central office will cost $225,000.

That bid, received from the only contractor to bid for the project, was the amount budgeted for the roof work. The Board of Education unanimously approved the bid.

The money will go to replace the existing lower roof between the planetarium and the board auditorium. A new metal roof will be built over the existing high roof in that same area at the central offices.

School lunch prices to increase by 10 cents

The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved raising the price of school lunches by 10 cents.

The increase was needed to balance the budget for food and nutrition services for the 2007-08 school year, said Gary Dodds, supervisor of food and nutrition services.

The new prices are $1.80 for elementary lunch and $2.05 for secondary lunch, he said.

The total budget for food and nutrition services is $8,971,388.

Facilities, enrollment member appointed

Peter Kurz, of Smithsburg, was appointed to the facilities and enrollment advisory committee Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

The vote was unanimous. Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said Kurz will fill a vacant position for input on the Smithsburg area.

Policy on graduation requirements studied

The first reading of a revised graduation requirements policy for Washington County Public Schools was approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.

The vote was 5-2, with board members William Staley and W. Edward Forrest opposed.

According to the revised policy, credit awarded at the middle school level will not be calculated in a student's high school grade point average. Credit will not be awarded in middle school when it is determined that the course should be repeated, according to the revised policy.

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