Washington County School Board briefs - March 16

March 16, 2011

School study results to be shared

The results of the Bester Elementary School feasibility study will be presented at the Washington County Board of Education's April 5 meeting, Board President Wayne Ridenour said Wednesday.

The study is looking at whether to renovate or replace Bester Elementary in Hagerstown's South End.

Bester basically consists of two permanent buildings, including the original 1930 building that was renovated in 1988 and a 1965 addition.

School system officials anticipate having the 1965 addition demolished regardless of whether a new school is recommended, they've said.

The original building is in the Hagerstown Historic district.

School board conversation rescheduled

The Washington County Board of Education's coffee and conversation scheduled for March 22 has been postponed until April 12, School Board President Wayne Ridenour said during a board meeting Tuesday.

The coffee and conversation will be held April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Washington County Technical High School.

Ridenour said the board had another commitment on March 22.

On Wednesday, he said the board would be meeting that day with consultants regarding the search for a new school superintendent.

Custodial employees honored

Custodial employees at Potomac Heights and Smithsburg elementary schools were presented Golden Apple Awards Tuesday night after their schools received superior inspection ratings by the Public School Construction Program.

Some of the custodians were not at the Washington County Board of Education meeting to receive their awards because they were at work, school system officials said.

From Potomac Heights Elementary, head custodian Robert Foltz and second-shift custodians Jack Blair and Pat Moats were honored.

From Smithsburg Elementary, head custodian Ronald Mills and second-shift custodians Clinton Messner and Brent Muller were honored.

— Julie E. Greene

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