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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 4, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY For more than 10 years, the transfer point for Washington County's public bus system has been under an overpass near the Hagerstown Police Department. In recent years, Washington County Commuter and the City of Hagerstown tried to find a nicer spot for people to wait as they changed bus routes, but nothing fit. Having exhausted a list of ideas, County Commuter is going to let an outside expert step in, said Kevin Cerrone, County Commuter's director. The Maryland Department of Transportation is negotiating a contract with a consultant to study alternatives, said Mike Nixon, the manager of regional planning for MDOT's Office of Planning.
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NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 8, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A 6-year-old Pangborn Elementary School student was struck early Monday by the school bus he was boarding. The boy was boarding the bus on Youngstoun Drive about 7:45 a.m., according to Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman Carol Mowen. Sheriff's deputies said the boy was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were described as "minor. " Police and school officials declined to release additional details about the accident, saying the incident was under investigation.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | March 15, 2007
Saint Patrick's Day fans can get an early start this Saturday celebrating the Irish holiday with the Downtown Live! Pub Crawl. After seeing successful pub crawls in Baltimore and other areas, Mike Deming, a downtown developer who organizes Downtown Live! events, organized Saturday's event to generate more business for the downtown area. Saint Patrick's Day is typically a good night for pubs and restaurants with bars, Deming said. This will help during the day, starting with a breakfast buffet at 43 South.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 8, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A new route has been added to relieve overcrowding on a school bus that serves Paramount Elementary School. Washington County Public Schools officials learned Jan. 31 from the driver of bus No. 326 that it was overcrowded. "I got a call from the bus driver saying that her bus was getting more crowded and could we help her," Transportation Supervisor Barb Scotto said. "The following day, I got an e-mail from a parent that claimed her son and another student had to stand.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 7, 2007
HAGERSTOWN A new route has been added to relieve overcrowding on a school bus that serves Paramount Elementary School. Washington County Public Schools officials learned Jan. 31 from the driver of bus No. 326 that it was overcrowded. "I got a call from the bus driver saying that her bus was getting more crowded and could we help her," Transportation Supervisor Barb Scotto said. "The following day, I got an e-mail from a parent that claimed her son and another student had to stand.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | January 29, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County Board of Education President Roxanne R. Ober said Sunday that the redistricting of some county schools will be necessary after a new elementary school and replacement schools for two others are built. The school board will vote Feb. 6 whether to ask an advisory committee to review enrollment data and other information related to redistricting. Ober said the last major redistricting in the county was more than five years ago. Minor redistricting that affects only one or two families occurs more often, she said.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | November 4, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - A pilot program that will bus Washington County residents to jobs in the Hunters Green Business Center will serve two purposes, the general manager of the Petsmart Distribution Center said. It will help people find work, and potentially create a larger hiring pool for Petsmart, one of the companies that might participate in the program, Rick Domzalski said. "I'm interested (in the program) because it's going to allow potential associates to get transportation to the Hopewell Valley industrial area," Domzalski said.
NEWS
September 24, 2006
Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Superintendent For questions regarding school system policies, academics, procedures or programs. 301-766-2816 morgabet@wcboe.k12.md.us Boyd Michael Assistant Superintendent for School Operations For questions about facilities, buildings, food service or transportation or anything related to school system operations. 301-766-2820 michaboy@wcboe.k12.md.us Edward Lynch Executive Director of Human Resources For questions about employment with the Washington County Public Schools system.
NEWS
by ERIN JULIUS | August 25, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Wednesday morning's bus routes were a confusing mess. It wasn't clear which children got on which buses, said June Benchoff, the crossing guard at Locust and Washington streets in Hagerstown. The first day of school usually is that way, she said. Benchoff, 81, knows what she's talking about. She has been a fixture on the city's streets since she started working as a crossing guard in 1957. Benchoff isn't much taller than the elementary school children that cross at her corner on their way to buses bound for Eastern Elementary School, but she said she is strict.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 31, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - While adding nine buses to its fleet, Washington County Public Schools officials also are looking to hire more drivers before the school year begins, said Transportation Director Christopher Carter. He said Maryland law requires that school buses be replaced every 12 years. "So, we're constantly replacing buses," he said. Orders are placed for these buses in their 11th year of service. Fourteen of the county's school buses were replaced this year, Carter said.
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