Washington County Board of Education briefs

March 07, 2012

School system to host college, career planning night
Washington County Public Schools will host a college and career planning night on Thursday, March 15, for families of students in kindergarten through 12th grade, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The event, called “The Future Starts Now: College and Career Planning for K-12 Families,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School, according to a school system news release. It is free and open to the public.

Workshops, most of which are 30 minutes long, begin at 6:15 p.m. Topics include tax-advantaged college savings plans; a guide for middle-schoolers and their parents; developing a college-going culture in your home; what colleges look for in applicants; transferring from Hagerstown Community College to a four-year college; preparing for 21st-century careers; and a Q&A with parents of college students; according to the event’s website at

Community members representing 10 career clusters will be available to discuss with students the path they took to their careers, according to the website. The clusters include construction and development; business management and finance; arts, media and communication; health and biosciences; manufacturing, engineering and technology; and environmental, agricultural and natural resource systems.

Radio antenna interferes with board meeting audio
Soft background music was playing intermittently during at least the first hour of the Washington County Board of Education’s Tuesday meeting due to interference from a local radio station antenna, school system spokesman Richard Wright said.


After Wright checked with a technician during the meeting, it was determined that sounds from a radio station were being picked up by school board member Paul Bailey’s microphone. The tech started muting Bailey’s mic when he wasn’t speaking so the music wouldn’t play through the speakers.

Bailey said Wednesday that he never heard the music.

The school system, including its land-line phone system, occasionally gets interference from a nearby radio antenna, Wright said.

Board OKs promotion for secondary education director
Richard P. Akers, Washington County Public Schools’ acting director of secondary education, will become director for high school education and student services on July 1.

The position change was among personnel moves the school board voted 6-0 to approve during Tuesday’s business meeting. Board member Karen Harshman was absent.

The change is part of Superintendent Clayton Wilcox’s restructuring at the Central Office.

— Julie E. Greene

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