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School board briefs - June 22

June 22, 2011

North High to receive money from A+ Rewards Program

North Hagerstown High School will receive $7,337 from Giant Food/Martin’s Food Markets’ A+ Rewards program, said Dave Reeder, director for secondary education.

The money will be used to help pay for the school’s athletic programs, Reeder said.

The A+ Rewards Program distributes money to schools based on grocery purchases made by parents and families at Martin’s Food Markets, according to presentation documents. Giant Food owns Martin’s Food Markets.

The Washington County Board of Education approved the donation with a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Schools to get message board, football equipment

Hancock Middle-Senior High School will get a new digital message board for the front of the school and South Hagerstown High School will get football equipment thanks to interest-free loans through Washington County Public Schools.

The board of education maintains a revolving account from which schools and school-related organizations can apply for interest-free loans, according to Board Policy DGC.

The account is funded by money handed over to the school system, by Maryland law, through the register of wills from unclaimed estates. If the local register of wills later locates an heir, the respective money must be returned to the heir at the direction of the register of wills, according to board policy.

The school board approved both loans with a unanimous vote during Tuesday’s meeting.

The Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panther Athletic Boosters applied for a $24,000 loan for the digital sign.

South High’s Touchdown Club applied for a $12,600 loan for a tackling sled, a line chute and a tripod for a video camera, according to presentation documents.

BOE receives award for arts-education contributions

The Washington County Board of Education received an award this month for demonstrating significant contributions to the development of arts education.

The Arts in Education in Maryland Alliance and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education presented the award to board President Wayne Ridenour earlier this month, according to presentation documents for Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Anne Arundel County’s school board was the other recipient.

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