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Washington Co. School Board briefs

March 17, 2009

City library to serve Barbara Ingram School



An agreement was signed on Tuesday to make Washington County Free Library's downtown branch the library for the new Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

The arts school is scheduled to open on South Potomac Street in August.

The year-to-year memorandum of understanding between the library and the school system begins Aug. 19.

The school system will give the library $10,000 on or before Aug. 1 for collection development and $5,000 each subsequent year.

Sixteen local schools honored for test scores



Sixteen local schools were honored Tuesday for their performances on the 2008 Maryland School Assessments and High Schools Assessments.

Funkstown Elementary and Northern Middle each received $1,000 from the school district and a certificate for showing improvement in their subgroup greater than the state average.

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Eleven schools were honored for high reading and math scores: Boonsboro Elementary, Boonsboro Middle, Clear Spring Middle, Greenbrier Elementary, Hancock Elementary, Old Forge Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Potomac Heights Elementary, Sharpsburg Elementary, Smithsburg Elementary and Smithsburg High. Each school also received $1,000 and a certificate.

Hickory Elementary was recognized as a Title I school, meaning it has a high percentage of students from low-income households. It received $5,533.93 from the Maryland State Department of Education and a certificate.

Finally, Paramount Elementary and Smithsburg Middle were honored for meeting the criteria for subgroup improvement and overall achievement. Each received $1,000 and a certificate.

Electronic gear donated to Boonsboro High



Brian Flook, the father of a Boonsboro High School drama student, donated about $8,000 worth of electronic equipment to the school.

The equipment includes a Canon XL2 video camera, a Panasonic digital video-editing machine, a Darwin digital audio-Disk recorder and a TASCAM digital-sound mixing board.

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to accept the gifts.

-- Andrew Schotz

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