School board briefs

January 05, 2011

Announcement on school board, union dispute expected later this month

The Washington County Board of Education is expected to make an announcement regarding the dispute between the board and the union for the school system’s support personnel during its Jan. 18 meeting, school board President Wayne Ridenour said after Tuesday’s board meeting.

The school board received a report in December from the impasse panel that heard arguments from the school system and the Washington County Educational Support Personnel regarding pay raises.

In June 2010, State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick declared negotiations between the sides to be at impasse.

Support personnel were due a 3 percent raise plus step increase, if applicable, this fiscal year, according to the union’s contract.

Officials have said the school system doesn’t have the money for the raises.

A school board business meeting is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

Rockland Woods student leads pledge of allegiance at school board meeting

Ryan Jakoby, a third-grader at Rockland Woods Elementary School, led the Washington County Board of Education in the pledge of allegiance during Tuesday’s board meeting at the Central Office.

In December, board member Justin Hartings suggested having a student lead the pledge at the meetings. Hartings got the idea after seeing one of the sons of former Washington County Commissioner James Kercheval lead the pledge at a county meeting.

Kercheval said his son, Jacob, 12, led the pledge at his last meeting as a commissioner in December. His son, Garrett, 9, led the invocation.

Ryan was selected for the honor Tuesday because he was the citizen of the month at his school and he is a member of the student government, Board President Wayne Ridenour said. He was nominated by his principal, Kathy Stiles.

Former student school board member honored

The Washington County Board of Education recognized a former student board member during Tuesday’s meeting at the Central Office.

Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan and President Wayne Ridenour presented a plaque to Chelsey Baturin, who served as the student board member during the 2009-10 school year.

Baturin, 18, graduated from Williamsport High School and is attending Wellesley College.

Baturin said she is considering majoring in French.

— Julie E. Greene

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