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Board of Education briefs

June 17, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOE approves vehicles policy



The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a policy governing the use of school system-owned vehicles.

The new policy doesn't yet spell out what the guidelines are, but it allows the board to decide later what they will be.

The vote was 5-0, with board members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

The school system owns 17 vehicles that may be signed out for short trips, and at least nine employees have vehicles they take home during the school year. Five employees take vehicles home during the summer.

2010-11 WCPS calendar approved



The Washington County Public Schools calendar for the 2010-11 school year has been approved.

The Board of Education voted 5-0 in favor Tuesday, with board members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

The first day of the 2010-11 school year will be Aug. 18, and the last day of school will be June 8. However, if there are fewer than eight snow days, the year will end earlier.

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Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael said the calendar was established to provide students with as many instructional days as possible before they take state tests.

"It's designed for the most success," he said.

Martin's donates money to North Hagerstown High



North Hagerstown High School will receive $6,446.48 from Martin's A+ Rewards program.

The Washington County Board of Education approved the gift Tuesday by a vote of 5-0, with board members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley absent.

The money will be spent on North High's extracurricular athletic program, according to school board documents.

Restriction removed from arts school funding



The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to move $330,476 that could only be spent on the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts into the school system's unrestricted fund balance, which now totals about $7 million.

The school board voted 5-0 to make the change. Board members Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley were absent.

The school board originally restricted $700,000 to pay lease payments in 2008 for the new performing arts high school opening this year, Chief Financial Officer Chris South said. However, there was about $330,476 left over because the school system had to pay fewer lease payments that year than expected.

South said Tuesday the money needed to be moved into the unrestricted fund balance -- where it originally was before being restricted for Barbara Ingram school spending -- because it could not be spent for any other purpose.

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