School board briefs

May 16, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Three students congratulated

North Hagerstown High School seniors Matt Amalfitano and Michael Digman were congratulated Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education for their work with Youth United Way.

The initiative began last year as a joint project between the Washington County Association of Student Councils and the United Way of Washington County.

The board also recognized Robbie Sotto, a senior at North Hagerstown High School, who was representing the teen advisory group of the Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition. The group has worked to provide information about teen pregnancy to their peers and Washington County residents.

Bid packages approved

A $13.8 million bid was approved Tuesday for work on a replacement for Pangborn Elementary School.

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve that bid, which was the lowest bid received.

Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development, said the bid was more than $4 million less than the pre-bid estimate.


The board also unanimously approved several bids for work at Greenbrier, Lincolnshire and Potomac Heights elementary schools. The work at Greenbrier, totaling nearly $200,000, will include vestibule and entryway redesign and blacktop resurfacing, officials said.

About $850,000 will be spent on a roofing project at Lincolnshire Elementary, and nearly $39,000 will be spent on blacktop resurfacing at Potomac Heights Elementary, according to documents provided to the board.

Bester parents air concerns

Two Bester Elementary School parents told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday they were concerned about the conditions at the school.

Dodie Green said projects have been scheduled at the school for years but have not been completed. She said there is inadequate climate control and no air conditioning. Green said the plumbing fixtures are out of date and she has security concerns.

Daphne Hughes, a parent and volunteer at the school, said she wants the children there to learn in an environment where they are safe.

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