School board briefs

August 08, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

New teachers hired; even more needed

One hundred and seventy new Washington County Public Schools teachers have been hired to start the school year, according to assistant director of human resources Donna Newcomer.

She said about eight to 10 more teachers need to be hired before the start of school Aug. 22. Newcomer said those teachers are needed for middle and high school English courses and some part-time foreign language positions.

Contract approved for new gym flooring

The Washington County Board of Education approved a contract Tuesday for wood flooring at Pangborn Elementary School.

The vote was 7-0.

The work in the gymnasium will cost more than $66,000, according to information provided to the board. That is about $14,000 less than previous estimates.


Schools' cell phone contract approved

A two-year cell phone contract for Washington County Public Schools was approved Tuesday.

The vote was 7-0.

The contract with Cellular One will cost $73,132.68 per year, according to information provided to the board. The contract provides wireless communication service for 159 buses and 163 administrators and support personnel for daily and emergency communications, officials said.

Officials said cell phone use on buses was limited to emergencies.

Board accepts gifts for four schools

Gifts for four Washington County schools were announced Monday.

The Board of Education voted 7-0 to accept those gifts.

A $5,369.23 gift from the Leonard P. Snyder Fund Inc. to Clear Spring Elementary School was approved. The money will be used to buy equipment.

A gift of $4,505.69 from the same fund for Conococheague Elementary also was approved. The gift will be used to buy classroom instructional materials for all grades, according to information provided to the board.

The Chesapeake Coalition of Essential Schools gave $5,000 to Salem Avenue Elementary for coaching and staff development.

The Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence will receive $5,499 from the school's PTA. That money will be used for additional playground equipment, according to information provided to the board.

Board President Roxanne R. Ober said the board was grateful to the organizations for providing additional funds for those schools.

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