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Washington County Board of Education briefs

June 19, 2008

Washington County Public Schools employees donate to Children In Need



Eileen Casto gave $3,150 to Children In Need Tuesday on behalf of employees with Washington County Public Schools, who donated the money.

Employees donated $1 to participate in Casual Friday, with the money going to benefit the organization, said Casto, a secretary in the Student Services Department for the school system.

In the past four years, employees have given more than $8,000 to Children In Need, including Tuesday's donation, which was presented during the Board of Education's public business meeting.

Both Casto and Ann Martin, president of Children In Need, were honored during the meeting for their work.




Educational Facilities Master Plan approved



The Washington County Board of Education approved its Educational Facilities Master Plan Tuesday.

The plan was approved 5-0, with members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

The document is a guide for future construction and improvements of school buildings. It must be sent to the state by the end of the month.

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The most immediate projects listed in the master plan document are the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and a cafeteria addition at Fountain Rock Elementary School -- both of which are scheduled to be completed in 2009.




Contracts awarded for building repairs, maintenance



The Washington County Board of Education approved $660,053 in bids Tuesday.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the bids, with members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

The board awarded a three-year contract to Control Systems Inc. of Hagerstown for preventative maintenance, repair and upgrades to the energy management, temperature control systems in 45 facilities, according to documents. The cost each year will be $239,790, and is an extension of a contract with the company.

A three-year contract also was awarded to Johnson Controls Inc. of Sparks, Md., to provide preventative maintenance and repair services to mechanical systems in 45 facilities, according to documents. The annual cost is $215,600, and is an extension of a contract with the company.

The board voted to spend $40,950 on a new loading dock at the back of the administration building for central receiving, according to documents. The contract was awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, GRC General Contractor Inc. of Zullinger, Pa.

Nine sets of doors and frames will be replaced at the main entrance and gymnasium entrance to Boonsboro High School. The $81,000 contract was awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Excel Contractors Inc. of Williamsport.

Smithsburg Middle School will receive a vestibule addition. The $82,713 contract was awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, GRC General Contractor Inc. of Zullinger, Pa.

-- Erin Cunningham

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