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June 27, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission sponsored the 29th annual Awards for Excellence in Career Technology Education ceremony at South Hagerstown High School on May 6. Kaplan University and Washington County Public Schools joined together to recognize seniors who excelled in career technology education programs. Washington County Public Schools recognized the following students: ¿ Arts, media and communication: Skyler O'Neill, computer game development and animation; Larissa Saunders, digital communications; and Christopher Brittle, multimedia and graphic design.
June 19, 2013
Upon completion of the two-year waiting period, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics,  Hagerstown branch, announced it is able to accept Veterans Affairs educational benefits. Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who are eligible for education benefits can now take advantage of the only FAA-approved airframe and powerplant maintenance school in the state of Maryland ( PIA is recognized as a “2013 Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs with a veteran enrollment of 19 percent.
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 19, 2013
The Chambersburg Area School Board rescinded its offer to appoint a former assistant superintendent into another leadership position at the same salary and benefits. By a 6-3 vote Wednesday night, the school board voted to amend a move on March 13 that in effect removed Cathy Dusman from her job as assistant superintendent and made her director of early childhood education. Voting for the change were Phillip Miracle, Stanley Helman, Kim Amsley-Camp, Fred Rice, Joe Tosten and Norman Blowers.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | June 18, 2013
More rigorous Common Core education standards, new assessment tests, and new teacher and principal evaluation systems that begin this school year were among the issues the superintendent of Maryland schools and the head of the state's teachers association discussed Tuesday with local business leaders.  Shortly after Maryland Schools Superintendent Lillian Lowery took office almost a year ago, she began meeting at least monthly with Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, they said.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | June 11, 2013
Antietam Academy Principal Ike Williams said Tuesday that he is retiring from Washington County Public Schools to become assistant principal at the new Spring Mills High School in nearby Berkeley County, W.Va. Williams, 60, who lives in Berkeley County, has worked in Maryland education for 36 years. “I thought it was a neat opportunity to go back to my roots,” to a comprehensive high school, Williams said. Being involved with a new high school and helping to set the tone appealed to him, Williams said.
By JANET HEIM | | June 2, 2013
When Jamie Kenton saw the job description for Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development for the Washington County Extension office, she thought her background was a perfect fit. “It seemed like a nice fit to use all my skills,” Kenton said of the job she started in January 2012. Now, almost a year later, she said her experience working at a 4-H camp in Iowa for three summers, at a day care center and as a middle school teacher prepared her well. “I have to say I love it - the variety of people, the variety of locations.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | May 26, 2013
For 13 years, Frank H. Dilger has spoken to South Middle School eighth-graders about his father's experiences as a combat Marine in the Pacific in World War II. Dilger, 67, of Martinsburg, illustrated his talk before five separate classes recently with weapons that his father, Frank E. “Dood” Dilger, took from the body of a Japanese officer he killed in hand-to-hand combat in the fighting for Guam in 1944. This year, because of heightened security following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, Dilger needed special permission to bring the weapons to class, said Steve French, who invites Dilger to his classroom every spring.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | May 26, 2013
The activities at Renfrew Institute's 24th annual Youth Festival might have been designed for children, but they seemed to put smiles on many adults' faces. “It's just a great day to be with nature, do activities and be outside,” said Olivia Hammond, of Waynesboro. She brought her children, Preston, 7, and Savannah, 4, to Youth Fest for their third time. They sat on Renfrew Park's lawn for a “community circus” featuring children who participated in a master class with Ben Sota of Pittsburgh's Zany Umbrella Circus.
By MARK C. HALSEY | May 22, 2013
U.S. News & World Report announced recently two news stories that directly relate to Washington County. First, they published their national rankings of high schools, broken down by state. Of Washington County's 10 high schools, eight were ranked in the state's top 58 among 241 Maryland schools. There is no question that such rankings get significant criticism. But, regardless of your belief in their precision, these numbers demonstrate that Washington County is producing many college-ready students.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 13, 2013
Donna Litton, co-owner of Litton's Produce and Berries in Fairplay, said she was thinking about ways to improve the presentation of her products and better educate her customers while attending the one of the two farmers market workshops hosted Monday by the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission (EDC). “I wanted to educate myself to see if there's anything more that I could be doing to help sell my product,” she said. Local farmers had the chance to receive information on marketing, etiquette and farmers markets in Washington County at the workshops, held in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center front conference room.
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