Washington Co. school board briefs

May 05, 2009

Precautions taken against swine flu

Despite 11 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus -- commonly called swine flu -- in Maryland, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan says there have been none in Western Maryland.

However, Washington County Public Schools officials are taking precautions to protect students and staff from its spread.

"We're being extra careful about hand washing," Morgan said during Tuesday's board of education meeting. "We have a lot of disinfecting going on."

Signs are being posted in schools about the importance of hand washing for students and staff, she said. Extra precautions are being taken in food preparation and on school buses.

"As we need to, we will update parents, guardians and staff," Morgan said.

School board approves $2.2 million in projects

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved $2.2 million in projects, construction and upgrades at county schools.


The board voted 6-0 to approve the following items.

o Exterior windows and door replacement at E. Russell Hicks Middle -- $170,400.

o Gym floor replacement at Eastern Elementary School -- $35,603.

o HVAC replacement, and chilled and heating water piping loop at Sharpsburg Elementary School -- $441,200.

o Electrical service upgrade at Boonsboro High School -- $66,267.

o Electrical service upgrade at Hancock Middle-Senior High School -- $79,400.

o Annual payment to Control Systems Inc. for building automation/energy management/temperature control -- $239,790.

o Replacement of two riding mowers at Hickory Elementary and Smithsburg Middle schools -- $17,953.

The board voted separately on a roof replacement and mechanical unit replacement at Greenbrier Elementary School. The bid on that project was $1.7 million.

The vote was 5-0. Board member Ruth Anne Callaham abstained, saying some might perceive a conflict of interest. However, she declined to say what that conflict might be.

School board member W. Edward Forrest was absent.

New textbooks approved

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve almost $283,000 worth of new textbooks.

The vote was 6-0 with board member W. Edward Forrest absent.

The textbooks will be used for history, math and visual-arts classes.

-- Erin Cunningham

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