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Washington County Board of Education briefs

September 07, 2012

Wellness centers to reopen at three schools

Wellness centers at three Washington County Public Schools are expected to reopen in October or November, Associate Superintendent Mike Markoe said.

The school system is partnering with Meritus Medical Center Inc. on the wellness centers, which provide times when a doctor is available to see students, Markoe said.

The arrangement will probably require a memorandum of understanding between the school system and Meritus, Markoe said.

Meritus Medical Center Inc. also took over the school health program, which provides nurses in schools, from the Washington County Health Department this school year.

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The program is funded with a grant through the Maryland State Department of Education, Markoe said.

The three wellness centers that will open for the school year this fall are at Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown’s West End, South Hagerstown High School and Williamsport High School, he said.

A wellness center at Boonsboro High School was built recently but does not have the staff to open, Markoe said.

Board to hold work session to discuss meeting policies

The Washington County Board of Education will hold a work session Tuesday so board members can discuss some policies, including a proposed policy regarding opportunity for public comment at board meetings and procedures that govern those meetings.

The proposed new policy also deals with town meetings and public hearings.

Board Vice President and Policy Committee Chairwoman Jacqueline Fischer said the proposed new policy “could change significantly the manner in which several agenda items at our business meetings are conducted.”

The work session will be at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at the school system’s Central Office at 820 Commonwealth Ave.

During a discussion in August about the issue, board member Justin Hartings said he wanted to avoid situations in which members of the public speak about an issue yet board policy forbids board members from responding to them.

— Julie E. Greene

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