Washington County Board of Education briefs

September 17, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

North High teacher honored for artwork

North Hagerstown High School art teacher Brandy Merchant was honored Tuesday for her work in painting murals in the newly renovated and expanded space in Safe Place for Washington County Child Advocacy Center.

Merchant was recognized during Tuesday's Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Safe Place is a child advocacy center that responds to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases. The victims of those crimes are in the Safe Place office daily. The offices are in the H.W. Murphy Community Health Center at 24 N. Walnut St. in Hagerstown.

"She makes us very proud," Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said of Merchant.

Board approves requests for state funds

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a plan for requests of state funding for local school projects.

The school board voted 6-0 in favor of the state capital improvement program. Board Member Ruth Anne Callaham was absent for the vote.


The document includes funding requests for fiscal year 2010, and also for anticipated requests for the next six years. The document includes plans for five new schools in Washington County, including a new high school in Hagerstown's east end, at a total cost of $158 million.

Appointments approved

Two appointments were approved by the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday.

The school system's Chief Financial Officer, Chris South, was appointed as trustee to the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Workers' Compensation Fund. Director of Accounting David Brandenburg was appointed as the alternate trustee to the MABE Workers' Compensation Fund.

Both votes were 6-0, with Board Member Ruth Anne Callaham absent for the vote.

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