School board briefs

October 03, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Board names acting information officer

William Kauffman was named the acting public information officer for Washington County Public Schools during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

Kauffman, who was the school communications coordinator, has filled in as the public information officer since the job became vacant in August.

Kauffman has been employed with Washington County Public Schools since June 2003.

Carol Mowen previously held the job before leaving to work for the National School Public Relations Association.

Vietnam veteran gets high school diploma

Ray Samuel Linebaugh, who left high school to serve his country in the Vietnam War, received his high school diploma Tuesday.

The Hagerstown resident received the diploma during the Washington County Board of Education meeting.

"It's been a long time coming," Linebaugh said.

Board approves master plan

The Washington County Board of Education approved the school system's master plan for 2006-12 during a Tuesday meeting.


The vote was 7-0.

The master plan includes the operational plan for the school system and is used as a guide. It outlines what the focus of the system's efforts and resources will be, officials said in information presented to the board.

Funding requests to state approved

Washington County Public Schools' funding requests to the state were approved Tuesday.

The vote to approve the school system's state capital improvements program plan for fiscal year 2009 was 7-0.

The requests including funding for construction, renovation, additions and other projects that qualify for state funding, officials said.

The board is required to approve the plan before it can move forward.

Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said money has been requested for the new Rockland Woods Elementary School south of Hagerstown and for two larger replacement schools for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools.

Construction on all three is under way, and they are scheduled to open next year.

Maintenance plan for fiscal 2009 OK'd

The Washington County Board of Education approved a maintenance plan for fiscal year 2009 for the school system.

The vote was 7-0.

The comprehensive maintenance plan includes the structure of the organization, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and deferred maintenance, officials said.

The plan will be submitted to the Maryland Public School Construction Program for review.

Budget calendar for fiscal 2009 OK'd

The Washington County Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2009 budget calendar Tuesday.

The vote was 7-0.

The calendar schedules the tentative presentation of the budget to Washington County Commissioners on March 25, 2008.

Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said officials should be sure that commissioners receive the school system's budget in a timely manner.

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