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Washington Co. BOE briefs

June 05, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Two, not knowing salary information, vote against new hires

Two Washington County Board of Education members voted against approving a list of new hires and staff changes Tuesday.

The vote was 4-2 with Board President Roxanne R. Ober and Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner opposed. Board Member William H. Staley was absent for the vote.

The pair said their decision was not based on any of the individuals involved. They said they requested salary information for administrative positions, but have not received that information, so they chose to vote against the personnel changes.

Two booster groups get $38,000 in loans

The Washington County Board of Education approved $38,000 in interest-free loans that will be given to two high school groups.

The board voted 7-0 to approved the interest-free loans for the South Hagerstown High School Athletic Boosters ($18,000) and the Williamsport High School Band Boosters ($20,000).

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The South High group will buy a concession trailer and the Williamsport group will purchase band uniforms.

The South Hagerstown boosters will pay its loan back over five years, paying $3,600 each year. The group plans to raise the money through concession sales and fundraisers.

The Williamsport High boosters will pay its loan back over five years, at $4,000 each year. The group plans to raise the money through fundraisers, including a car wash.

Board approves $1.5 million in spending

The Washington County Board of Education approved spending about $1.5 million on construction projects, bread and other items.

The 7-0 vote was taken during a Tuesday business meeting.

Six bids were received for a boiler replacement at Conococheague Elementary. The board accepted the lowest bid ($170,730), which was submitted by Miller & Anderson of Hagerstown.

Three bids were received for a roof replacement for Potomac Heights Elementary. The board accepted the low bid ($531,355), which was submitted by Orndorff & Spaid Inc. of Beltsville, Md.

Six companies submitted bids to replace the ceiling at Clear Spring High School. The board accepted the low bid ($375,000), which was submitted by Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown.

Seven companies submitted bids for telephones for 11 schools and offices, including the three elementary schools being built. The board approved the low bid ($56,954.75), which was submitted by Altura Communication Solutions in Chantilly, Va.

The board approved a contract with Butter-Krust Baking Co. of Sunbury, Pa., for bread and rolls. The company's bid $389,110 bid was the only one.

Two monetary gifts will help schools

Nearly $10,000 in gifts was approved Tuesday for two schools.

The Washington County Board of Education approved the gifts with a 7-0 vote.

The board approved a $5,000 gift for Boonsboro Elementary from Lowe's Toolbox for Education. The funds will be used to replace and refurbish old and broken playground equipment.

The board also approved a $4,984.44 gift to North Hagerstown High School from Martin's (Giant Food) A+ Reward Program. The donation will be used to offset expenses in the extracurricular athletic program.

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