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Education panel's efforts recognized

September 25, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County educators on Friday received proclamations from state officials for improving the quality of local education during a ceremony at Hagerstown Community College.

Del. John Donoghue, D-Washington, and Sen. Donald Munson, R-Washington, presented the proclamations on behalf of the governor and state Senate to members of the Learning Community Steering Committee, which is made up of administrators from Hagerstown Community College and Washington County Public Schools.

Vaughn Crowl, chairman of the steering committee, said the group was formed 10 years ago to make a student's transition from high school to college a little easier.

He said before the proclamations were awarded that committee members work together to ensure local high schools are teaching the right things to prepare students for the next level.

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"We're not trying to tell high schools what to teach," Crowl said. "We're just getting together to make things better."

Clyde Harrell, director of high school education for Washington County Public Schools, said the committee has proved to be a fortunate partnership.

"We all have the same goals," Harrell said. "We all care about student success."

Harrell and Guy Altieri, president of Hagerstown Community College, recognized officials from the college and Washington County Public Schools at the end of ceremony.

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