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Washington County school board briefs

September 20, 2011

Mother seeks school food allergy policy

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Sharpsburg mother Sarah Price said Tuesday that Washington County Public Schools needs to focus on how to deal with students with food allergies.

Price told the school board that her son has a potentially life-threatening peanut allergy.

When her son entered pre-kindergarten in 2009, he initially wasn't allowed to have an EpiPen, which injects epinephrine to counteract anaphylactic shock, on his school bus, she said.

She said her son could have access to an EpiPen at school, but not on the bus.

After doing some research, Price said she learned that a student in Smithsburg with a similar allergy problem was allowed to have an EpiPen on the bus.

She said she got "pushy" and pursued a better answer. Her son now can carry an EpiPen on the bus, she said.

Price encouraged the school system to work on a policy and educate the staff about it.

Wayne D. Ridenour, the school board's president, said Assistant Superintendent Michael Markoe will work with Price on guidelines.



Board hands out teacher excellence awards

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Board of Education handed out several awards to teachers at its meeting on Tuesday.

Vaughn Crowl, who is nearing retirement after teaching more than 40 years at Hagerstown Community College, was named a "World Class Educator."

He was recognized in particular for his work as the coordinator of the Hagerstown Community College/Washington County Public Schools Learning Community Educational Partnership.

The board also gave "Golden Apple Awards" to 2012 Washington County Teacher of the Year Kate Long, a social studies teacher at Western Heights Middle School, and five other finalists, including:

  • Jaclyn Chaney, a student achievement specialist at Fountaindale School for the Arts
  • David Herbert, a seventh-grade math teacher at Smithsburg Middle School
  • Kimberly Janifer, an English teacher at North Hagerstown High School
  • Rebecca Leverett, an enrichment teacher at Rockland Woods Elementary School
  • Tonya Meadows, a technology education teacher at Boonsboro Middle School.

— Andrew Schotz

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