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Washington County School Board briefs - Jan. 18

January 18, 2011

Science teacher presented with golden apple award

Science teacher John Evans Jr. was presented a Golden Apple Award during Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Evans teaches at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview.

The Maryland Association of Science Teachers selected Evans as “Elementary School Level Teacher Showing Excellence in Science Education” for his outstanding work as a teacher and for making a difference to students, according to presentation documents.

Evans also was recognized in October at the regional National Science Teachers Association conference.

Evans told the school board he’d had a blessed career in the county and was retiring in June.

Evans said the award was not just for him, but for the children he teaches each day.

Board member Paul Bailey said Evans taught at Smithsburg Middle during Bailey’s tenure as principal.

Bailey said when he was having a bad day he would go watch Evans teach sixth-grade science and it would relieve his anxieties and pressures.

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“You were a great one at the time and still are,” Bailey said.

Boonsboro Middle School locker replacement approved

Boonsboro Middle School will get new lockers this school year.

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to award the locker replacement contract to W.A. Hamilton Co., of Beltsville, Md. The firm had the lowest base bid of $62,800, and lowest total bid at $93,500, according to presentation documents.

The base bid covers replacing all laminated corridor lockers in the school with steel lockers, while the alternate bid is for replacing steel lockers in the girls' and boys' athletic rooms. All of those lockers will be replaced.

Board member Paul Bailey said the school's lockers are 36 years old and in bad shape. They are not big enough to hold a jacket or sweater let alone a heavy coat, gym bag and musical instrument, he said.

The work will be "substantially completed" by April 30 with much of it expected to be done after the regular school day, according to presentation documents.

According to presentation documents, the other bidders were Steel Products Inc., of Rockville, Md., with a total bid of $106,236; Partition Plus Inc., of Fallston, Md. ($122,000); GRC, of Zullinger, Pa. ($112,320); and Callas Contractors, of Hagerstown ($118,000).

WCTA officials present Morgan with retirement gifts

Washington County Teachers Association officials presented Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan with some gifts during Tuesday's school board meeting.

Morgan is retiring from the school system at the end of February.

The union made a $100 donation toward a scholarship that is in Morgan's name, officials said.

Union officials also presented Morgan with a WCTA work bag that contained more items.

Joking, Morgan said she was hoping there was "no anthrax in there."

Morgan said she was blessed to work with the union, with people who care about students and teachers.

WCTA President Denise Frye said the union and Morgan might not have always agreed, but if they weren't always going "iron to iron" what good would they be to stakeholders.

Frye said the school system is in better condition because of Morgan's leadership.

School board to hold meet-and-greet

The Washington County Board of Education will hold a meet-and-greet with the public from 6 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 8 at a location to be announced, Board President Wayne Ridenour said Tuesday.

The meet-and-greets were suggested by new board member Karen Harshman. Earlier this month, Harshman said she would be holding such meetings and invited her fellow board members to join.

Ridenour said board members would probably hold two meet-and-greets, and then decide if they want to continue holding them.

School board OKs hiring of consultants in superintendent search

The Washington County Board of Education voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve the hiring of consultants for the search for a new schools superintendent.

The move was made after the consultants had started their work because of an apparent conflict in board policies. At first, board officials didn't think the contract required a vote because it was for professional services and cost less than $50,000. But another policy indicated a vote might be necessary.

The board hired the Maryland Association of Boards of Education in December for about $18,000 to help search for a replacement for Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, who is retiring at the end of February.

— Julie E. Greene

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