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North High parent concerned about lacrosse coaching vacancy

November 15, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — A North Hagerstown High School parent expressed concerns Tuesday night about a vacant lacrosse coaching position during a Washington County Board of Education meeting.

Edward Brown, whose son plays lacrosse, said he was concerned that the varsity lacrosse coach position was still vacant.

Outside the board meeting room, Brown said lacrosse is a spring sport for Washington County Public Schools, but student-athletes and parents need advice on what athletes should be practicing and doing to get ready for the season.

Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told Brown he learned about the issue after Mass on Sunday and had already spoken to North High’s principal about the matter.

Wilcox said he has a meeting on Wednesday with Eric Michael, the school system’s supervisor of health and physical education/athletics, and another person who handles hiring so he can get more information on the issue.

In a related matter, board President Wayne Ridenour said there are “bugs” with the school system’s new email system after Brown said he had emailed board members and the schools superintendent about his concerns and received no responses.

The school system’s website has a link to an email address that is supposed to go to all of the board members and the superintendent.

Brown said he assumed the email wasn’t working.

Ridenour told Brown he had not received the email, and he didn’t think his fellow board members had, either.

School system spokesman Richard Wright said he tested his email during the meeting and it worked. He said he notified information technology support to look into the matter.

The Hagerstown tea party presented 125 pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution to the Washington County Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday night at the central office off Commonwealth Avenue.

The pocket copies are for fifth-graders at Salem Avenue Elementary School, said Nancy Allen, a board member with the Hagerstown tea party.

The students are participating in a competition regarding their knowledge of the Constitution, Allen said.

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— Julie E. Greene

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