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Washington County Board of Education briefs

October 19, 2012

Bids approved for snow removal services

The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved bids Tuesday for snow removal services for several schools this winter.

East Coast Landscaping, of Clear Spring, was awarded the contract for the Boonsboro, Clear Spring, and northern area school groups.

Mann’s Construction, of Hancock, was awarded the contract for the Hancock area school group.

Smithsburg Rental Service was awarded the contract for the Smithsburg area school group.

Advantage Landscape, of Williamsport, was awarded the contract for the Williamsport area school group.

Board Vice President Jacqueline Fisher asked why the contract for snow removal for Williamsport schools wasn’t given to East Coast Landscaping, which appeared to have the low bid.

East Coast Landscaping, which has a lot of work right now, voluntarily withdrew its bid for the Williamsport area, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman said after the board meeting.

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The contractors for the Boonsboro and Hancock areas also will provide and spread salt or snow melt, according to a presentation document.

Six companies bid to provide snow-removal services, according to the presentation document.

The bid information is available online through BoardDocs for the Oct. 16 business meeting at www.wcps.k12.md.us.

The school system handles snow removal at the other public schools, said Cindy Scully, a buyer in the school system’s purchasing department.

State Farm Insurance donates furniture to WCPS

State Farm Insurance has donated used furniture from a recently closed office to Washington County Public Schools.

The Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to accept the donation. Board approval was requested because the value of the donation might exceed $5,000.

Among the items the insurance company donated were bookcases, white boards, desks, task chairs, file cabinets, storage cabinets, tables, and carts, all of which are in good working order, according to a presentation document for the board meeting.

The items were being stored at a State Farm facility in Frederick, Md., the presentation document states.

Second reading of revised employees sales policy approved

The second reading of a revised Washington County Public Schools policy restricting what employees can sell on school grounds or through school system email was approved by a 6-1 vote of the school board on Tuesday.

The policy states employees are prohibited from “operating a commercial enterprise” on school system property or through school system email for “personal profit or gain” or for the profit or gain of others.

Board of Education President Wayne Ridenour cast the sole dissenting vote.

When he voted against the measure on first reading earlier this month, Ridenour said the policy made little sense and was overkill. Ridenour said a teacher shouldn’t have to walk off school grounds to sell a basket to another teacher.

The policy does not preclude employees from selling items to benefit nonprofit groups, as long as the employee has the approval of the immediate supervisor.

School health administrative program manager appointed

A school health administrative program manager was among the new personnel appointments the Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved at its Oct. 16 meeting.

As part of the new school health services program provided by Meritus Medical Center Inc., both Meritus and the school system have health managers for the program. Meritus already had its manager.

Rhonda S. Reid will be the manager for the school system.

Before this school year, the Washington County Health Department provided health services for the public school system.

— Julie E. Greene

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