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NEWS
March 18, 2013
A boiler and chiller at Fountaindale Elementary School and most of the drop ceiling and lighting at Emma K. Doub Elementary School will be replaced, Washington County Public Schools officials said. The Washington County Board of Education on March 5 unanimously approved a consent agenda that consisted of contracts for the two projects. M&M Welding & Fabricators of Gaithersburg, Md., with a bid $758,000, will handle the Fountaindale Elementary project, according to a presentation document for the board meeting.
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EDUCATION
March 12, 2013
Two teams from Paramount Elementary school placed first in the Western Region of the Maryland Destination Imagination competition March 2 at South Hagerstown High School. It was the first time Paramount Elementary School participated in the event. The third-grade team, the Paramount Zombie Gangsters, placed first overall in their competition and will participate in the state competition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Saturday, April 13. The fifth-grade team, the Paramount Cranium Crushers, also placed first in their respective event and will also compete for the state title at UMBC.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 27, 2013
Washington County Public Schools is piloting food pantries at six schools to help families of those schools' students, said Teresa Thorn, the school system's development coordinator. Officials with the Western Branch of the Maryland Food Bank approached the school system with the idea last year, Thorn said. The Western Branch has been supplying food for the Micah's Backpack program, which sends participating elementary school children home with 10 pounds to 15 pounds of food a week, officials said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
A committee of volunteers reviewed several redistricting suggestions Tuesday night as they discussed ways to at least temporarily ease overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School for the coming school year. The school board voted a week ago to task the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee with making recommendations to the school board by no later than April 2 to help Pangborn for the 2013-2014 school year. The school board also asked the committee to make broader, long-term redistricting recommendations, but the committee focused on the immediate Pangborn issue during its Tuesday meeting at the school system's Commonwealth Avenue Central Office.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
A 37-year old Baltimore man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg to more than 21 years in prison after admitting to dealing more heroin and crack cocaine near Winchester Avenue Elementary School. Kevin Edward Moses was sentenced to 262 months or 21 years and 10 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld's office announced Tuesday. Following his release, Moses is to be placed on supervised release for six years, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld's office.
EDUCATION
January 30, 2013
Washington County Public Schools will present the 2013 Elementary Arts Festival Thursday, Feb. 7, at South Hagerstown High School.  The festival will feature selected elementary students from around the county in band, orchestra and visual art. There will be elementary artwork on display in the South High lobby.  The orchestra and band performances will start at 7 p.m. The artwork will be ready for display by 6:30 p.m. The orchestra...
EDUCATION
January 27, 2013
Eastern Elementary School named its Citizens of the Month for December. Front row, from left, Tyson  Cheung, Karizma Ferguson, Madeline Ireland, Stephen Hernandez, Julian Moore and Ty McCaw. Middle row, Tyson Remsburg, Caleb Griffin, Kaitlyn Dorsey, Hannah Noffsinger, Jacob Lorenzen, Xavier Blair, Abigail Ballard and Avery Kops. Back row, Kenna White, Christina McNair, Sayara Akhmedova, Abigail Forrest, Kailey White, Cheyenne Fink, Malakhi Henderson, Jymika Smith and Ryan Madrak.
EDUCATION
January 21, 2013
On Dec. 14, Old Forge Elementary School held its annual school-level geography bee. Twelve rounds of competition were held in order to narrow the field to two contestants. Nick Bono and Jakob Keller then answered questions for an additional six rounds before Keller was declared the winner. He will take a written exam to determine if he will continue competition at the state level.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 8, 2013
No one was injured when a school bus carrying 48 children struck a car Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Antietam Street and Summit Avenue in Hagerstown, a Washington County Public Schools official said. Randy Mills, assistant superintendent of transportation for Washington County Public Schools, said the bus was returning to Emma K. Doub Elementary School after a field trip to The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown when the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. “It was just like a bump,” Mills said.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | December 17, 2012
Hagerstown resident Darren Covington, 41, offered a simple and specific suggestion on how to help prevent mass shootings in schools such as what happened inside the Connecticut elementary school Friday while also giving his take on whether principals in schools should have guns. “I don't mind police officers trained to use guns, but for the principal to have one, that's a bit extreme,” said Covington, who was picking up his 10-year-old fifth-grade daughter, Lucy, on Monday from Fountaindale Elementary School.
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