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Washington Co. schools seek advisory panel members

September 18, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Overcrowded schools and a transportation policy that angered some parents are just a few topics that a newly energized school committee hopes to address.

The Washington County Public Schools Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) met last month to recruit new members and tackle issues that it would like to address during the 2008-09 school year, said John Davidson, Director of Student Services and liaison to the CAC.

The group now has five members, but Davidson said up to 15 may join. The CAC is a parent involvement group that involves the public in issues facing Washington County Public Schools. The county council includes parents, business people and community leaders interested in reviewing and making recommendations on issues in the county's public schools.

Davidson said the group differs from a PTA because the CAC cannot raise funds.

Some individual schools have CAC groups in addition to PTAs. The five county CAC members act as liaisons to those school-based groups.


During an August meeting, county CAC members planned topics for monthly meetings through January. Those include the new transportation policy that has drawn some criticism, parental access to electronic grades, overcrowding and the school system's budget.

Davidson said the new transportation policy drew the most interest. Those guidelines, approved in May, restrict students to one morning pickup location and one afternoon drop-off location, stops that may be different.

Davidson said that WCPS County CAC President Gary Nally has received many phone calls about that change.

"He's kind of a spokesman out there for people who have concerns," Davidson said of Nally.

Supervisor of Transportation Barb Scotto will present information about the new policy during the group's next meeting, Sept. 22. Themeeting is open to the public, and Nally said there will be an opportunity to ask questions after Scotto's presentation.

The Washington County Public Schools Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) is looking for new members. To join, complete the application form on the Washington County Public Schools Web site -- You also may contact Gary Nally, president of the CAC at 301-331-3627 or send an e-mail to

If interested in joining a CAC at a specific school, contact that school.

If you go

What: Washington County Public Schools Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting

When: Monday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

Where: Washington County Public Schools central office, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown

Details: At the meeting Transportation Supervisor Barbara Scotto will discuss a new transportation policy affecting WCPS students

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