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Washington County Board of Education briefs

February 05, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

MABE president, executive director attend meeting

Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) President Sandra L. Barry and Executive Director Carl W. Smith spoke during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting.

They presented information about MABE's support for boards of education in Maryland.

MABE's goals include advocacy and governmental relations; professional development; member services, which include legal and policy, insurance, partnerships and superintendent search; and public outreach and community relations, according to data presented to the board.

District reputation, salary cited as factors in luring new teachers

New teachers to Washington County Public Schools based their decision to teach locally based in part on the reputation of the district and salary, according to a report presented Tuesday during a Board of Education business meeting.

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Other reasons included the teachers' desire to work for a "school system dedicated to excellence, professional development and growth opportunities," Assistant Director of Human Resources Donna Newcomer said.

Nearly 200 new teachers were hired for the current school year, and of those 91 (45.7 percent) had less than one year of experience, she said. Fifty-eight new teachers (29.1 percent) had between one and five years of experience, and 50 teachers (25.1 percent) had more than five years of experience.

Bids approved, rescinded

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve several bids for work to county schools, and also to rescind some bids.

The board voted to rescind an earlier contract with Newline Products Inc. for display boards because of their "unacceptable quality," according to data shared with the board.

"They weren't able to meet our specifications," Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said.

The vote was 7-0.

The board then approved an $80,443 bid from Steel Products Inc.

A bid that had been awarded in May 2007 to Beechfield Landscaping Inc. for landscaping at Pangborn Elementary School also was rescinded. The vote was 6-0, with Board Member Ruth Anne Callaham absent for that vote.

"The scope of the work has changed," Michael said.

The board also approved the purchase of about $174,000 of furniture and shelving for the three elementary schools being built -- Rockland Woods, Maugansville and Pangborn.

The vote was 6-0, with Callaham absent for that vote.

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