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October 26, 2012
A groundbreaking for a new Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown will not be held Tuesday as scheduled because of the threatening weather. A school spokesman said a new date set has not been set for a groundbreaking.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 27, 2012
The newly renovated Mercersburg Elementary School earned an A-plus from students, teachers and parents on the first day of school Monday. “It made the first day way better,” said fifth-grader Syrus Maldonado, whose first word as he entered the building was, “wow!” The $7 million project upgraded all the mechanical systems at the school, placed the media center/library in the courtyard and revamped the building to accommodate relocating the central office from 118 E. Seminary St. in Mercersburg to the elementary school.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2012
Hagerstown residents voiced their concerns Wednesday night about the $1.5 million pricetag for land being considered for a new “West City” elementary school and how the new school would affect the academic performance of students at Winter Street Elementary School. The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently approved the purchase of a 16.5-acre tract at the Hager's Crossing housing development west of Hagerstown for the new elementary school that could replace Conococheague and Winter Street elementary schools.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 24, 2013
About 70 people attended an informational meeting Wednesday night where officials briefed the public on the plans for the proposed “West City” elementary school in the Hager's Crossing development in Hagerstown's West End. Chad Criswell, a senior project manager and planning supervisor for Washington County Public Schools, and two others laid out details including bus traffic associated with the school, its outdoor recreational features and...
NEWS
October 9, 2012
The Washington County Board of Education will have a work session Oct. 16 to discuss educational specifications for the new “West City” elementary school, said board member Donna Brightman, who is chairwoman of the board's Facilities Committee. The work session is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and will be held in the board auditorium at the Central Office off Commonwealth Avenue, according to the school system. Educational specifications are the features the school system wants in a school, including the number of classrooms and the size of the gymnasium.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 21, 2012
Greencastle-Antrim School District met state adequate yearly progress benchmarks for reading and math last school year, but the elementary school did not. Bob Crider, director of educational operations, gave a presentation to the school board Thursday night on the district's AYP results. He said the district as a whole made AYP, but the elementary school is on a warning list due to two subgroups - economically disadvantaged in reading and IEP (Individualized Educational Program)
EDUCATION
July 11, 2013
A public meeting will be held Tuesday night to give Hagerstown residents the chance to provide ideas for the new “West City” elementary school, according to a school system official. The school system and BFM Architects will co-host the 6 p.m. meeting at Salem Avenue Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said. The school system is reaching out to families in the Winter Street, Conococheague and Salem Avenue school districts via its email alert system to notify them of the meeting, because those schools are the closest to the new school site behind Walmart in the city's West End, Wright said.
NEWS
August 31, 2012
A 6-year-old Burke Street Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle Friday morning in front of the school in the 400 block of West Burke Street in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County school and emergency services officials. The girl, who appeared to have a cut on her chin, was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, according to police, school and hospital officials. The driver, Ashley J. King, 22, of Martinsburg, was cited for having no operator's license and speeding in a school zone, according to Martinsburg Police Cpl. Adam Albaugh.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
Washington County went to settlement Friday with Hagers Crossing Multifamily LLC for the purchase of 16.5 acres for almost $1.6 million. The signing took place Friday morning, County Attorney John M. Martirano said. The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to give the final go-ahead on the purchase of the land for a planned West City elementary school. David C. Lyles signed the papers for the seller and was listed as a member of the limited liability corporation, Martirano said.
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EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 8, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education unanimously approved its six-year capital improvement plan Sept. 3. Although in recent years the school board had considered its requests for county and state capital funding separately, this time, the board considered them together. The requests, which include major school construction as well as systemic projects, such as replacing roofs and HVAC systems, are reflective of the Educational Facilities Master Plan the board approved in June.
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NEWS
August 20, 2013
St. Thomas Elementary School will be hosting a new event to kick off the 2013-14 school year. On Friday, the school will welcome parents and students during a luau-inspired open house. As part of the event, an ice cream social will be held the same evening. If your business is interested in sponsoring a portion of the costs involved to host the event for the community, contact Amanda Bistline at 717-369-3123, ext. 2700.
EDUCATION
July 24, 2013
Work on the new Bester Elementary School is continuing, with crews expected to finish sealing the exterior and begin work inside the school by the end of September, Project Manager Traci Coldsmith said. In addition to finishing the brick facade, workers will begin installing windows this month, said Coldsmith, who is with Washington County Public Schools. Once the building is weather tight, workers will begin installing duct work and putting up framing for walls, Coldsmith said.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 23, 2013
Two officials involved with a proposed new “West City” elementary school in the Hager's Crossing housing development and one of its residents endorsed land-use modifications to make way for the structure at a public hearing Tuesday night before the Hagerstown City Council. The site for the proposed school in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End currently is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential. An amendment must be made to the PUD overlay for the school to be built at the 16.52-acre site, a process involving Hagerstown Planning Commission review and approval by the council.
EDUCATION
July 11, 2013
A public meeting will be held Tuesday night to give Hagerstown residents the chance to provide ideas for the new “West City” elementary school, according to a school system official. The school system and BFM Architects will co-host the 6 p.m. meeting at Salem Avenue Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said. The school system is reaching out to families in the Winter Street, Conococheague and Salem Avenue school districts via its email alert system to notify them of the meeting, because those schools are the closest to the new school site behind Walmart in the city's West End, Wright said.
EDUCATION
June 30, 2013
Eastern Elementary School named its Citizens of the Month for May. Front row, from left, Brandon Sensenig, Katavia Jackson, Emma McGinthy, Bailey Webb, Fatima Siddiqui, Stella Flanary, Luke Garrott and Connor Dixon. Middle row,  Connor Bowers, Parker Terch, Benjamin Norris, Rachel Shirk, Takyrea Ocasio, Dorismar Miranda and Larissa Rogers. Back row,  Christian Nealon, Justin Prather, Jackeline Graciano, Chloe Decker, NyShea Jackson, Kirsten McGhee, Demya Amis and Alia Carter.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | June 27, 2013
Lura Hanks has resigned as principal of Mercersburg Elementary School, citing “professional incompatibility” as the reason for leaving the job she held since 2010. A week ago, the Tuscarora School Board decided to split Hanks' time between two elementary schools. “Due to recent executive decisions and situations, it was time for me to make a change,” Hanks said in a telephone interview Thursday. On June 18, the board unanimously decided to approve an administrative change that would divide Hanks' time between Mercersburg and Montgomery elementary schools.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
A couple of Hager's Crossing development residents spoke in favor of the proposed “West City” elementary school, slated to be built in the housing development after approval of zoning modifications, and none spoke against it Wednesday during a public hearing at the Hagerstown Planning Commission meeting. The proposed school property in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 24, 2013
Sharpsburg Elementary School fifth-grader Kahlin Stydinger said placing American flags on the graves at Antietam National Cemetery was a way to reward the Civil War soldiers buried there because of what they fought for.  “That's the only reason why we don't have slavery today,” she said. “All of these people sacrificed their lives.” Sharpsburg fifth-grader Mason Gumm also said placing the flags by the graves recognizes what the soldiers accomplished. “These people helped this country be one and unite both halves, the south and the north,” he said.
NEWS
May 13, 2013
Schools legislative liaison is recognized On behalf of the Washington County Board of Education, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox recently presented a certificate of recognition and a pin to the board's legislative liaison, Ardath Cade. “One of the things that we've been blessed with are your services,” Wilcox told Cade during the school board's May 7 meeting. Wilcox said that, not long ago, a member of the county's state legislative delegation said that, in regard to securing a disparity grant for the county, there was no “tougher bird dog than you on it.” Referring to the disparity grant, Wilcox said Cade brought $1.5 million to the county.
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