Washington County Board of Education briefs

September 09, 2011

'Edible schoolyard' idea taking root

A Hagerstown couple who previously proposed an "edible" schoolyard at Bester Elementary School returned this week to the Washington County Board of Education to check on the progress of their request.

Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told Gordon and Janet Bartels during a school board meeting Tuesday that staff members had discussed the idea and were looking into ties between gardening and the current curriculum.

But Wilcox said he couldn't see how the school system could pay for a farmer and cook under current fiscal circumstances.

An edible schoolyard is an organic vegetable garden and kitchen classroom that allows elementary school students to participate in growing, harvesting and preparing seasonal produce, Janet Bartels told the school board in August. The Bartels are Washington County master gardeners.

Board approves new accounting textbooks

The Washington County Board of Education this week unanimously approved the purchase of new accounting textbooks, replacing the current ones that don't meet industry standards, according to presentation documents.

The textbooks are for Accounting I and Accounting II.

Teachers and students have been using online versions of the new textbooks in classrooms since the start of the school year as well as other textbooks, Clyde Harrell, director for curriculum and instruction, said in a phone interview Thursday.

Students should receive the new textbooks this month, Harrell said.

The total cost is $21,827, Harrell told the school board during a meeting Tuesday at the central office.

George Phillips, supervisor of career, technology and enrichment education, said he believes the current textbooks are 6 years old.

Hancock boosters donate $25K for sign

The Hancock Athletic Booster Club donated $25,000 to help buy an electronic sign for the front of the school.

The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved the donation during a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Board President Wayne Ridenour thanked the booster club on behalf of the board.

— Julie E. Greene

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