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Washington County School Board briefs

May 19, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

North High staff members honored

Two North Hagerstown High School staff members were honored Tuesday for their efforts to improve the school.

Richard Wilhide, head custodian, was recognized by Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan for his work improving the appearance of the school. Morgan said he also has improved the tone of the custodial and administrative teams, and is always pleasant and energetic.

Morgan also honored Sharon Rhoton, North High's cafeteria manager, for her work to increase the average daily lunches served by 13 percent. The year before Rhoton arrived at North High, the school's lunch program lost $62,000, and Rhoton also was credited for cutting those losses by more than two-thirds.

Rhoton also works to offer students additional choices based on their requests, like roasted turkey and vegetarian options.

"You are two examples of outstanding service," Morgan told Wilhide and Rhoton. "You symbolize the best of the best, and we thank you so much for your service."

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Board approves repairs to Smithsburg Middle

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $688,000 on repairs to Smithsburg Middle School.

The bid was awarded to Callas Contractors Inc., which was the lowest bidder.

The contract includes the removal and replacement of about 36,000 square feet of ceiling system, and heating/ventilation and air-conditioning improvements at the school, along with additional work.

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