Education briefs

September 17, 2007

Hearing slated for Sept. 25 on county redistricting plan

The Washington County Board of Education will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at South Hagerstown High School about recommendations for redistricting, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release.

The hearing will begin with an informational presentation by School Board members and staff, followed by input from citizens who have signed up to speak at the hearing, according to the release.

Those speaking as individuals will be allotted three minutes, and people designated to represent an organization will be allotted five minutes, according to the release.

The 20 proposals for attendance zone realignment are based on the work completed by the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee over the past year, according to the release. The committee was charged with reviewing and revising school boundary lines where appropriate due to construction of the new Rockland Woods Elementary School, as well as construction projects at Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools.


As proposed, the following 14 elementary schools would be affected by the boundary changes - Bester, Boonsboro, Conococheague, Eastern, Emma K. Doub, Fountain Rock, Funkstown, Greenbrier, Lincolnshire, Maugansville, Old Forge, Paramount, Salem Avenue and Sharpsburg. Pangborn Elementary School's boundaries were not recommended for change.

Other recommendations involve changes to middle and high school boundaries in order to maintain or create logical feeder patterns from elementary to middle to high school, and relieve crowded conditions at a number of schools, according to the release. Those affected schools are E. Russell Hicks and Springfield middle schools, and South Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools.

Approved changes will be implemented in the 2008-09 school year, according to the release.

Anyone wishing to speak must register through the office of the board secretary prior to the hearing by calling 301-766-2994, or by registering at South Hagers-town High School up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the hearing.

Additional information is available on the Washington County Public Schools' Web site on the advisory committee's page at

An attendance zone hot line has been established to provide information about specific addresses and whether they are affected by the recommended changes, according to the release. The number is 301-766-8900.

Washington County students honored by Hood College

FREDERICK, Md. - Eight students from Washington County recently were honored for their academic achievements at a convocation ceremony at Hood College, according to a Hood press release.

Taylor DiClemente of Hagerstown was named a Hood Scholar, according to the release.

Honored for academic achievements were Mark Porter and Kristopher Reese of Clear Spring; Caleb Mooney of Funkstown; Rachel Lewis, Megan Oberholzer and Laura Printz, all of Hagerstown; and Alison Blickenstaff of Smithsburg, according to the release.

Students who are named Hood Scholars have received convocation honors for at least two consecutive years, according to the release.

Students who qualify for the convocation honors have sophomore, junior or senior status; have at least a 3.6 grade-point average for the preceding academic year; have taken at least 12 credit hours on a letter-grade basis during each semester; and have no outstanding incomplete grades, according to the release.

Underage drinking meeting set for Oct. 25 at Clear Spring

Underage drinking will be the topic of a community town hall meeting Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Clear Spring High School, according to a Washington County Health Department press release.

The Washington County Health Department prevention services program, in collaboration with community agencies, will sponsor the event, according to the release.

Parents, teachers, youth and others will learn about the impact of underage drinking and ways to address the issue.

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