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Washington County Board of Education briefs

January 20, 2013

Piano donated to Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

Washington County Board of Education members on Tuesday accepted a donation of a Yamaha grand piano to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

The piano is valued at nearly $10,000 and will enhance the vocal program at the school, school officials said.

Board of Education President Justin Hartings said he wanted the school system to send a thank-you note to the donor, who was not identified.

Bid accepted for HVAC system design at school

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday accepted a $121,500 bid for design work for a new heating and air-conditioning system for E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

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The school still has its original HVAC system, which dates to 1967, said Lisa Freeman, supervisor of purchasing for the school system.

The school board selected Kibart Inc. of Towson, Md., to do the work.

Plans are for the HVAC system to be installed in spring and summer of 2014, and completed by that fall.

School board organizes standing committees

Members of the Washington County Board of Education decided Tuesday that board members will be on the organization’s standing committees.

Board members decided that:

  • Wayne Ridenour will chair the human resources committee.
  • Donna Brightman will chair the facilities committee.
  • Jacqueline Fischer will chair the policy committee.
  • Karen Harshman will chair the curriculum and instruction committee.
  • Paul Bailey will chair the finance committee.

BOE members feel uncomfortable considering pay hikes

Several Washington County Board of Education members said during their regular meeting Tuesday that they did not feel comfortable considering recommended salary increases for board members.

An appointed commission for county government recently recommended salary increases for several county positions.

The commission recommended that the salary for board of education members be increased from $6,000 to $7,000 and that the salary for the board of education president be increased from $6,200 to $7,200.

The recommendations went before the school board, but board member Wayne Ridenour said he did not feel comfortable considering the proposed hikes. The decision should be up to the county, Ridenour said.

Board members Melissa Williams and Jacqueline Fisher also said they believed any decisions on pay increases should be up the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

— Dave McMillion

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