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School Board briefs

November 06, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

Legislative liaison paints rough picture



Ardath Cade, legislative liaison for Washington County Public Schools, gave the Washington County Board of Education a taste of what could happen during the next legislative session in Annapolis.

Cade said during a school board meeting Tuesday that efforts are being considered to transfer the cost of pensions for public education employees from the state government to the county government.

She said taxpayers would get stuck with the cost of paying the pensions no matter which government entity administers the program.




Enrollment reported up through middle schools



Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday that enrollment is up at the pre-kindergarten, elementary and middle school levels.

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A slight decrease was recorded among high school students.

The system had 21,728 students in September 2008, compared with 21,895 students in September 2009, according to statistics provided by the school system.

Officials attributed the increases, in part, to families moving to the area seeking affordable housing.

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