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Washington County school board briefs

April 07, 2010

School board approves contracts



The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve the following expenditures during a meeting at the Central Office on Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown:

o $228,500 to perform preventative maintenance and repair service to Washington County Public Schools' automated temperature control systems.

The contract, which will cover 47 facilities, was awarded to Control Systems Inc. of Hagerstown. The contract runs from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

o $31,688.75 to purchase kitchen detergent and electronic soap dispensers. The contract will take effect July 19, 2010, and run through July 18, 2011. Ecolab Inc. of Hagerstown submitted the winning bid.

o $73,900 to replace lockers at Smithsburg High School. W.A. Hamilton of Beltsville, Md., was awarded the contract. The project must be completed by Aug. 10.

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Education reform representative says students are not ready for college curriculum



A representative from a nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C., told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday that a majority of school systems across the country are failing to prepare high school students for college.

Matt Gandal, executive vice president of Achieve Inc., said many students advance to college but are not prepared for the coursework.

He said school officials should encourage more stringent curriculums to address the problem.

"Parents have a right to be angry when their children go to college and are told they aren't ready," Gandal said. "... Our view is this needs to change."

Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent of secondary education for Washington County Public Schools, said school system officials currently work with their counterparts from Hagerstown Community College to help students make the academic transition from high school to college. Meetings between the two organizations are held quarterly, Hanlin said.

-- Dan Dearth

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