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Morgan: Year was productive for WCPS

June 03, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the 2008-09 school year was a productive one.

Officials opened three new elementary schools -- Rockland Woods, Maugansville and Pangborn -- on time and under budget.

"And maybe the most crucial thing ... we managed to navigate the very, very stormy seas of a very bad budget year," Morgan said. "We know that we have a serious financial crisis, but we did build for the rainy day. We had been planning for the rainy day ... and it will be raining this year and next."

Morgan said she believes this year's graduating seniors are probably the most well-prepared students in the school system's history.

"They came into middle school seven years ago when we began some significant changes to secondary schools as far as programs, strategies and resources that weren't there before," she said.

Looking forward to the 2009-10 school year, Morgan said she wants Washington County Public Schools to maintain its momentum and continue to prepare and educate students in a difficult budget year.

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"That will be a huge challenge next year," she said.

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