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Washington County Board of Education briefs

December 13, 2011

Parent wants sports events scheduled on different days

Glenn "Skip" Malott Jr. of Williamsport wants Washington County Public Schools to make it easier for parents and grandparents to watch boys and girls play sports.

Malott asked the school board on Tuesday to revert to a previous system of scheduling boys' and girls' sporting events on different days.

Malott said he and his wife, Valerie, have a son who coaches basketball and a daughter who coaches volleyball. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter who play basketball.

The Malotts can't attend all of their children's and grandchildren's games because boys' and girls' games conflict, Skip Malott said.

He said that wasn't the case from the 1950s through 1980s.

Wayne D. Ridenour, the school board president, said Eric Michael, the district's supervisor of athletics, will talk to the Malotts to see what can be done.


Board agrees to use same independent auditor

The Washington County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to keep using Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC of Hagerstown as an independent auditor.

The school system will pay the firm $51,800 for the period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, according to a memoradum discussed Tuesday.

In 2009, Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. won a bid for a maximum of five one-year contracts and has met all board, state and federal deadlines for work, the memo said. The coming year will be the fourth year of the contract.


Hancock school to get digital sign

Hancock Middle-Senior High School is getting a new digital sign.

The Washington County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to accept a $7,780 gift from the Hancock Athletic Boosters Club for an LED sign.

The club previously contributed $25,000 for the sign, according to a school district memo on the purchase.

The board also agreed to award a $32,780 bid for the sign and its installation to H&M Signs of Linthicum, Md.

The school system received two other bids — for $34,218 from Tally Display of Clifton, N.J., and for $36,878.85 from Kenney Signs of Hagerstown.

According to a memo, if electrical costs were included, H&M's bid was $37,680, higher than Tally Display's bid of $36,218, so the board only awarded the portion of the bid without electrical costs.

Board members were assured that the sign can be dimmed and turned off, so it shouldn't inconvenience neighbors.

The board also agreed Tuesday to accept a donation of 614 tubes of Loreal hair color and 422 tubes of Keune hair product, with a total value of $6,101, from the Beauty Systems Group, for Washington County Technical High School cosmetology students.

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— Andrew Schotz

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