Annapolis Notes

February 15, 2009

School board members salaries could be raised

The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill that would raise the salaries of members of the Washington County Board of Education.

The House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee heard the bill last week. No action was taken.

The bill, which is sponsored by the Washington County delegation to the General Assembly, would raise the annual salary for the school board president to $6,200 from $5,600.

School board members would receive $6,100 -- a raise from the current salary of $5,500.

The pay raises would not take effect until all of the current terms of office expire.

Serafini joins Facebook

The social networking Web site Facebook has been a hot topic during the current legislation session of Maryland's General Assembly.

The Web site was briefly banned from General Assembly computers, causing a firestorm of complaints that eventually led to restoration of its use.


And now, following the lead of three other members of Washington County's state delegation, Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, has joined Facebook.

He admitted his children had to help him create the account.

Teacher of the Year spends day in Annapolis

Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Shanna Byrd of Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education was in Annapolis last week, joining teachers statewide who earned that distinction in 2008.

Byrd said she had a full day, speaking with lawmakers about issues related to education.

-- Erin Cunningham

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