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Washington County school board briefs

June 02, 2010|By DAN DEARTH

Board honors former superintendent Brish



Former Washington County Public Schools Superintendent William Brish was honored Tuesday during a Washington County Board of Education meeting as a pioneer in the use of educational television.

Brish served as superintendent from 1947 to 1973. He died in the 1990s.

"Dr. Brish was one of the first in the nation to use this medium," Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.

Board President Wayne D. Ridenour accepted a plaque on Brish's behalf from former Washington County Public Schools Television Center employees.

Teacher of the Year recounts experiences



Jaime Mason, a math teacher at Clear Spring Middle School, told the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday about some of her experiences serving as Washington County's 2010 Teacher of the Year.

Mason said that among other things, she was able to spend a day watching the Maryland General Assembly discuss the state budget. She said the Maryland Department of Education also asked for her feedback on the state's Race to the Top application.

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Race to the Top is President Obama's $4.35 billion plan to reform education by using student performance to evaluate principals and teachers. States that submit successful applications to the federal government will be given a share of the money.

"Those were such cool opportunities," she said.

WCPS officials exploring ways to open more wellness centers



Washington County Public Schools officials are exploring ways to open more wellness centers to improve student health.

John Davidson, director of student services, talked about the proposal Tuesday during a Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Wellness centers were created to provide students with treatment for physical and mental ailments, Davidson said.

The centers are at Western Middle School, and Williamsport and South Hagerstown High schools. A fourth wellness center is slated to open at Boonsboro High School in 2011.

Wellness center staffs include a registered nurse and part-time dentists and pediatricians.

WCPS enrollment expected to be 23,494 students in 2015



Washington County Public Schools' enrollment is projected to increase from 21,783 students in 2010 to 23,494 students in 2015, according to statistics from the 2010 Educational Facilities Master Plan.

On Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Education approved the Master Plan, which includes enrollment projections and an assessment of the needs of Washington County Public Schools facilities.

Part of the plan, which is several hundred pages long, says that Washington County Public Schools officials and local government staff are working together to "identify and recommend for purchase potential high and elementary school sites in Washington County."

The system currently is building Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School on the east end of Hagerstown to ease student overcrowding.

Washington County school board awards $119,700 gym floor contract



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday awarded a $119,700 contract to replace the gymnasium floor at Williamsport High School.

Master Care Flooring of Baltimore submitted the winning bid, according to Washington County Public Schools documents. The only other bid was submitted by Weyer's Floor Service Inc. of Odenton, Md., for $139,284.

The work has to be completed by Aug. 10.

Cascade PTA, North choir boosters granted loans



During its meeting Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Education granted interest-free loans to the Cascade Elementary School PTA and the North Hagerstown High School Choir Boosters.

The PTA will have three years to pay back a $5,000 loan to purchase playground equipment, according to Washington County Public Schools documents.

The choral boosters also will be given a $5,000 loan to buy tuxedos and gowns, documents show. That loan has to be paid back within five years.

Board accepts gift from Lincolnshire PTA



The Washington County Board of Education accepted a $15,574.92 gift from the Lincolnshire Elementary School PTA on Tuesday.

Documents state that the money will be used to pay for field trips and playground equipment at Lincolnshire Elementary School.

Poole reappointed to ethics advisory panel



Hagerstown attorney Bruce Poole has been reappointed to serve a five-year term on the Washington County Board of Education's Ethics Advisory Panel.

The board approved Poole's appointment during a meeting Tuesday.

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