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School Board briefs

July 20, 2007

School redistricting committee honored

The committee that has been working on a redistricting plan for Washington County Public Schools was honored at Thursday night's Board of Education business meeting.

Members of the facilities and enrollment advisory committee include Heidi Bodenheimer, Gwynne Cavey, Dirk DeVault, Julie Fiery, Jacqueline Fischer, Peter Kurz, Leslie LeBlanc, Erin Lee, Adam Lewis, Darin Lewis, Wendy Radonovich-Crum, Jim Robison and Doug Stone. Board member Donna Brightman served as a committee member until her appointment to the Board of Education.

School Board OKs bids at business meeting

The Washington County Board of Education approved several bids during a business meeting Thursday.

The vote was 6-0, with board member Ruth Anne Callaham absent.

The board approved bids totaling more than $500,000, which included bread and rolls ($404,776.50), cafeteria paper ($70,870.81) and detergent ($38,554.75), according to data provided to the board.

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Items totaling $741,000 also were approved for Pangborn Elementary School construction. The items were ceramic tile ($326,800), flooring ($259,400) and carpet ($154,800), according to data provided to the board.

School Board OKs gifts for schools

Several gifts to Washington County Public Schools were approved Thursday by the Board of Education.

The vote was 6-0, with board member Ruth Anne Callaham absent.

· Hancock Elementary School will receive $46,124 from the Hancock Elementary School Playground Committee, according to data provided to the board. The gift will be used to purchase and install new playground equipment at the school.

· Sharpsburg Elementary School will receive $5,000 from Lowe's for the Reading Around the Clock Classroom Library to Home program, according to data provided to the board. Bookshelves and books for classroom libraries will be purchased with that money.

· Clear Spring Middle School will receive $5,273.10 from the Leonard P. Snyder Fund to purchase a new circulation desk and five training tables as part of the renovation of the school library, according to data provided to the board.

Contract with benefits consultant approved

The Washington County Board of Education voted Thursday to approve a contract with an employee benefits consultant.

The vote was 6-0, with board member Ruth Anne Callaham absent.

Chris South, chief financial officer for Washington County Public Schools, said the school system was "piggybacking" on a contract that the City of Hagerstown and Washington County have for the same consulting firm.

South said the services will cost the school system $94,200 per year.

- Erin Cunningham

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