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June 25, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board Tuesday denied a request by administrators to implement block scheduling at the local high school. The proposal failed on a 4-4 vote by board members. Board member Leland Lemley was absent. Block scheduling, also called intensive scheduling, already is used at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School. It changes the daily schedule of seven or eight 45-minute classes to four 90-minute classes over two semesters.
NEWS
May 30, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Opinions were split Thursday night as Waynesboro Area School Board members, some faculty and parents held another round in the ongoing discussion about implementing block scheduling at the high school. At a special meeting, several teachers and board members spent over two hours discussing the pros and cons of changing from the current daily schedule of seven or eight 45-minute classes to four 90-minute classes.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | April 9, 1999
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Block scheduling, doubling the time students at Waynesboro Area Senior High School stay in each class, is back on the minds of the Waynesboro School Board. The board heard the benefits of the scheduling method for more than two hours Thursday night from the principal and three faculty members of Lebanon (Pa.) High School. That district introduced block scheduling four years ago. Larry Bricker, principal of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and a proponent of block scheduling, said it would provide the flexibility needed for the school to better serve all students.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | August 8, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School District has a new computerized instruction program that will track students through the grades to help teachers know each student's strengths and weaknesses. "We'll know exactly where they are," Schools Superintendent P. Duff Rearick said. "Teachers will have the information right at their fingertips. " For example, he said, a seventh-grade teacher getting a sixth-grader who's coming up will know where the student stands academically and will be able to customize instruction to the student's needs, he said.
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by DON AINES | June 15, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sophomore and juniors from the Chambersburg Area School District who attend the Franklin County Career and Technology Center will attend the center all year for both career and academic classes in 2006-07, but the Chambersburg School Board voted to allow this year's seniors to attend one semester at the high school. The decision was a change from the all-year, all-day plan the district had proposed and which many parents and students had raised objections to at a public meeting Monday night.
NEWS
August 15, 2000
Waynesboro school superintendent to resign By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Robert A. Mesaros, superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District since 1996, said Tuesday he is leaving the post for a more lucrative superintendent's job near Philadelphia. continued He is to take over the Marple Newtown School District in Delaware County, Pa., on Oct. 16 at a beginning salary of $130,000. His resignation, read to School Board members Tuesday night, becomes effective Oct. 15. Mesaros' current five-year contract in Waynesboro, signed last year, was paying him $98,200 with $4,000 annual increments.
NEWS
by LYNN WIDMYER | May 5, 2006
I have been voting in Jefferson County School Board elections for more than two decades and the hot topic is always the same - money. This year is no exception. Incumbent School Board candidates are busy defending why they have not attracted more state funds to Jefferson County. Challengers promise their winning personalities will serve as a magnet for education dollars. I am disappointed that the topic I am most interested in has received little attention - academics, particularly at the high school level.
NEWS
December 6, 2000
Ternes to step down in 2001 By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Robert J. Ternes, president of the Waynesboro Area School Board for the last five years, says streamlining the board's budgeting system, curriculum development and the expansion of technology in the seven-school system have been highlights of his tenure. continued Ternes' second four-year term on the board doesn't end until Dec. 31, 2001. He has, however, relinquished his president's seat to Lawrence Glenn.
NEWS
October 12, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The weather in October may feel like summer, but Jefferson County School Superintendent David Markoe already is thinking about snow days. If the head of the Jefferson County school system gets his way, students may not long as much for heavy snow to force the cancellation of school because they would have to make up the missed days later in the school year. At a recent meeting with state delegates, Markoe asked them to consider changing the state school policy of students not having to make up days when schools are canceled because of snow.
NEWS
February 1, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Many students who end up in South Hagerstown High School's Saturday School choose not to repeat the behavior that landed them there, said Assistant Principal Robert Myers. Myers said he's seen a dramatic drop in referrals to the assistant principals' offices since the Saturday School program began in the fall of 1995. Saturday School replaced "in-school suspension," which kept students out of classes for an entire school day. Now students serve time for offenses on their own time, he said.
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by DON AINES | June 15, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sophomore and juniors from the Chambersburg Area School District who attend the Franklin County Career and Technology Center will attend the center all year for both career and academic classes in 2006-07, but the Chambersburg School Board voted to allow this year's seniors to attend one semester at the high school. The decision was a change from the all-year, all-day plan the district had proposed and which many parents and students had raised objections to at a public meeting Monday night.
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by LYNN WIDMYER | May 5, 2006
I have been voting in Jefferson County School Board elections for more than two decades and the hot topic is always the same - money. This year is no exception. Incumbent School Board candidates are busy defending why they have not attracted more state funds to Jefferson County. Challengers promise their winning personalities will serve as a magnet for education dollars. I am disappointed that the topic I am most interested in has received little attention - academics, particularly at the high school level.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | August 8, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School District has a new computerized instruction program that will track students through the grades to help teachers know each student's strengths and weaknesses. "We'll know exactly where they are," Schools Superintendent P. Duff Rearick said. "Teachers will have the information right at their fingertips. " For example, he said, a seventh-grade teacher getting a sixth-grader who's coming up will know where the student stands academically and will be able to customize instruction to the student's needs, he said.
NEWS
December 6, 2000
Ternes to step down in 2001 By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Robert J. Ternes, president of the Waynesboro Area School Board for the last five years, says streamlining the board's budgeting system, curriculum development and the expansion of technology in the seven-school system have been highlights of his tenure. continued Ternes' second four-year term on the board doesn't end until Dec. 31, 2001. He has, however, relinquished his president's seat to Lawrence Glenn.
NEWS
August 15, 2000
Waynesboro school superintendent to resign By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Robert A. Mesaros, superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District since 1996, said Tuesday he is leaving the post for a more lucrative superintendent's job near Philadelphia. continued He is to take over the Marple Newtown School District in Delaware County, Pa., on Oct. 16 at a beginning salary of $130,000. His resignation, read to School Board members Tuesday night, becomes effective Oct. 15. Mesaros' current five-year contract in Waynesboro, signed last year, was paying him $98,200 with $4,000 annual increments.
NEWS
By BRUCE HAMILTON | October 5, 1999
Smithsburg High School next year will shift to a schedule of four 90-minute classes, becoming the sixth of eight county high schools to move from the traditional seven-period day. Principal Jeff Stouffer decided a hybrid block schedule, combining semester and yearlong courses, would best suit the needs of the school's students and community. "A seven-period day works, but I think we need to move toward something that benefits everyone," he said. Upcoming high school assessments are driving the change, Stouffer said.
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By BRUCE HAMILTON | September 30, 1999
Changing school schedules won't work without community support, Robert Lynn Canady told the Washington County Board of Education. A University of Virginia professor emeritus, Canady is considered an expert on the subject of school schedules. He discussed the topic with a group of administrators and School Board members last week. "I think there are concerns about being mandated to change," he said. The scheduling guru advocates a mixture of "block" and "alternate-day" schedules.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro | April 9, 1999
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Block scheduling, doubling the time students at Waynesboro Area Senior High School stay in each class, is back on the minds of the Waynesboro School Board. The board heard the benefits of the scheduling method for more than two hours Thursday night from the principal and three faculty members of Lebanon (Pa.) High School. That district introduced block scheduling four years ago. Larry Bricker, principal of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and a proponent of block scheduling, said it would provide the flexibility needed for the school to better serve all students.
NEWS
October 12, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The weather in October may feel like summer, but Jefferson County School Superintendent David Markoe already is thinking about snow days. If the head of the Jefferson County school system gets his way, students may not long as much for heavy snow to force the cancellation of school because they would have to make up the missed days later in the school year. At a recent meeting with state delegates, Markoe asked them to consider changing the state school policy of students not having to make up days when schools are canceled because of snow.
NEWS
June 25, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board Tuesday denied a request by administrators to implement block scheduling at the local high school. The proposal failed on a 4-4 vote by board members. Board member Leland Lemley was absent. Block scheduling, also called intensive scheduling, already is used at Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School. It changes the daily schedule of seven or eight 45-minute classes to four 90-minute classes over two semesters.
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