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School board briefs

June 20, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Textbook purchases approved by board



The Washington County Board of Education approved purchasing more than $22,000 in new textbooks Tuesday.

The vote was 5-0, with Board Members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

The books for a new foundations of technology course mandated by the state will be used beginning with the 2007-08 school year.




Facilities master plan given approval



A 2007 facilities master plan for Washington County Public Schools was approved Tuesday.

The vote was 5-0, with Board Members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.The plan is updated annually and is submitted to the Maryland State Department of Education for approval. School officials discussed a draft of the document earlier this month.

It is the document on which some funding requests are made and includes major school building, construction and modernization projects for the next 13 years.

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Project bids OK'd



Bids for work at several Washington County public schools were approved Tuesday.

The vote was 5-0, with Board Members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent. Bids for the three projects were more than $100,000 more than estimated and totaled more than $895,500, according to documents provided to the board. The projects included replacing a chiller at Smithsburg High School ($169,989) and some classroom modifications there ($219,000).

The bulk of the money will go toward removing asbestos from the mechanical room at Williamsport High ($506,000), according to documents.




Documents for arts school get the nod



The Washington County Board of Education approved construction documents Tuesday for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

The vote was 5-0, with Board Members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.The documents for the downtown school were prepared by Cho Benn Holback & Associates. The school is scheduled to open in January 2009.

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