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School board briefs

April 18, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

School board thanks Jellystone Park owners



The owners of Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Williamsport were thanked Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education for their work with a school reading program.

Ron and Vicki Vitkun established a partnership with Fountain Rock Elementary School, and each year they sponsor a reading incentive program for students at the school. School officials said that students who read for a certain number of hours are given a free trip to Jellystone Park.




Art exhibit scheduled at county museum



Washington County Public Schools art exhibition will be held April 28 to May 27.

The exhibition will be at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts at City Park in Hagerstown. Children in kindergarten to grade 12 will have work featured in the show.

There will be a public reception April 29 at 2 p.m.




Former board member speaks on wages



Former Washington County Board of Education Member Russell F. Williams II said he does not favor a board decision to pay nonprevailing wages for work to build a replacement school for Pangborn Elementary.

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He made the comments during a business meeting Tuesday.

Williams said by paying nonprevailing wages, the board also would get fewer state dollars for the project. He said that the county will use more than $900,000 in local tax money by paying lower wages, and would have paid $650,000 to pay higher wages.

Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said that Williams' information is correct, but the staff stands by the recommendation to go with nonprevailing wages for that project. He said the board discussed the uncertainty of relying on the state to fund a certain percentage and factoring in when they would fund it.

The board did vote to pay prevailing wages for work on the new elementary school in the Westfields community south of Hagerstown.




Contract approved for biomedical program



The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved a biomedical sciences program contract during its Tuesday business meeting.

The vote was 5-0, with Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner absent. One board seat is vacant.

The contract is with Project Lead the Way, a national technology education curriculum vendor that provides school system curriculum and training for teachers, according to information presented to the board. The contract includes a $2,000 site fee per year.

The school system received a $25,000 planning grant for a field test of this program.




School board approves natural gas purchase



The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved a natural gas purchase Tuesday that could save the school system about $100,000.

The purchase means the school system is participating with Howard County's contract with Washington Gas Energy Services Co., according to information presented to the board. The cost will be about $780,000.

The vote was 5-0, with Board Member Bernadette Wagner absent. One board seat is vacant.

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