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School Board briefs

May 17, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

School board OKs digital video system



A digital video system worth more than $160,600 was approved Tuesday for Washington County Public Schools.

The vote was 5-1, with Board President Roxanne Ober opposed. There is one vacant seat on the board.

The Safari Montage digital video system provides videos to teachers through their computers, said Arnold Hammann, director of information systems and instructional technology. The content is aligned with academic curriculum, and will run on servers within the school system's network, he said.

There also is an annual cost for updated content and other items of $51,500.

The board also approved a fiber-optic agreement with Antietam Cable Television. The company is providing help to four high school campuses to allow them to use the Safari Montage system.

Both Antietam Cable and The Herald-Mail Co. are owned by Schurz Communications Inc.




More than $100,000 in textbooks approved



More than $113,170 in new textbooks for Washington County Public Schools was approved Tuesday.

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The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the new books for psychology, trigonometry and science courses.

Officials said many of the textbooks being replaced are more than 10 years old.

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