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July 2, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved a planning document outlining the condition of every school building, projected enrollments through 2006 and needed capital improvement projects. There were no surprises in the amended facilities master plan, which has to be updated and filed with the state every summer, said Dennis McGee, director of facilities management for the school system. The 52-page document lays the groundwork for the capital improvements plan the system will put together this fall, McGee said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | October 24, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- By day, the space is a typical classroom with a white board, American flag and fluorescent lighting. But Thursday night, the overhead lights went off, candles and soft lamps went on, and students took the floor for Antietam Academy's second annual open mic night. "The idea was to make it like a coffee house environment," said teacher Michael Maginnis, who helped organize the event. More than 30 students, staff members and relatives packed the room, snacking on chips and sandwiches and cheering for the students and staff who, sometimes a bit reluctantly, took turns at the mic sharing poetry and singing.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 23, 2007
Washington County Commissioners said a decision to cut funding from at least one school building project was based on planning and available resources. County Administrator Gregory Murray told school officials Tuesday that commissioners have proposed removing planning money to build a new Antietam Academy. The $426,000 for planning was included in the school system's fiscal 2007 budget. Boyd Michael, assistant superintendent for school operations, and other school officials said they were unaware of that possible change until the Tuesday meeting.
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By TERRY TALBERT | September 28, 1998
Volunteers rolled up their shirtsleeves during the third annual Maryland Net Weekend on Saturday and went to work installing new Internet connections at four Washington County elementary schools. "All our schools are Internet accessible now, but not everywhere within the school," said Dennis McGee, director of facilities management for the county Board of Education. For example, the 4th and 5th grade classes at Boonsboro Elementary School already had Internet access. On Saturday, the 2nd and 3rd grade classes were connected.
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By DAVE McMILLION | July 16, 1998
David L. Resh Jr. wants a "get tough" approach taken with disruptive students in Washington County schools. Resh, a candidate for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education, said he believes students who continually must be reprimanded for disrupting class should be turned over to their parents, who would be responsible for setting up some other type of schooling for them. Resh, 55, said he understands what is going on in classrooms because of his volunteer work at Western Heights Middle School, where his wife, Susan, teaches.
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By MARLO BARNHART | July 14, 1999
Two Washington County teenagers charged in separate bomb threats at their schools in the spring appeared in Washington County Juvenile Court Wednesday. In one case, a 14-year-old boy who in April wrote an e-mail bomb threat that was intercepted by South Hagerstown High School officials admitted to one count of harassment. Despite an effort by attorney Ed Kuczynski to have disposition Wednesday, Judge Frederick Wright insisted that there be a delay. "Why shouldn't the Department of Juvenile Justice get all the information about this young man?"
NEWS
May 16, 2008
School board expels a pair of students GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A pair of Greencastle-Antrim High School students have been expelled for separate incidents that occurred in April, according to principal Ed Rife. On April 17, a 16-year-old girl was found to have child pornography downloaded to an iPod. The downloaded media was shared with another student before it was discovered by a third student and reported to administrators. Rife said that the girl, a junior, has been involved in previous incidents and she has been expelled for the remainder of the current school year.
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By BRUCE HAMILTON | May 2, 1999
Hundreds of extra eyes and ears will be in Washington County Schools today as parents, police and school staff provide more security in an atmosphere of heightened tension. [cont. from front page ] The Washington County Board of Education is sending most of its Central Office employees out to schools, including pupil personnel workers and psychologists, according to Director of Secondary Education Boyd Michael III. More than 50 retired and current employees are expected to join parent volunteers to watch, listen and reassure students troubled by vague rumors of violence.
NEWS
July 17, 1997
By VANDANA SINHA Staff Writer Maryland Delegate Joanne C. Benson said she is moving forward with a lawsuit against the Washington County Board of Education for what she alleged was student neglect, and she asked for support from the black community during a Wednesday night meeting. Benson, D-Prince George's, said she plans to file a civil lawsuit against the school board for a practice by which she said some administrators encouraged certain students to drop out of school.
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by DON AINES | April 13, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - If property taxes go up in the Chambersburg Area School District in 2004-05 - as they almost certainly will - one of the driving factors will be health-care costs, Business Manager Rick Vensel said. At Wednesday night's school board meeting, Vensel told the board that a large increase in health-care premiums can be expected. On Thursday, Vensel said the increase will be 36 percent or more for health-care coverage.
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