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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 4, 2011
The Greencastle-Antrim school board Thursday night unanimously adopted a proposed $34.56 million budget for 2011-12, but admitted there was work still to do. While the preliminary spending plan was approved, Board President Joel Fridgen said the board has a long way to go before the final budget is ready to be unveiled. "Right now we are basically going through our operations budget and that will take place over the next several months," Fridgen said. "Then renovations will be another piece of that.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2011
Greencastle-Antrim School District has had the same grading system for more than 10 years, but at tonight's meeting the school board will vote on whether to make changes to how student performance is measured in the third through 12th grades. A committee of teachers and administrators reviewed the current grading system for three months last fall. Bob Crider, the school district's director of educational operations, presented the committee's recommendations to the board at its Jan. 20 meeting.
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September 16, 2010
Work crews from CSX Transportation will begin repairing and replacing the at-grade railroad crossing at Forest Drive in Hagerstown beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, weather permitting. The work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. Forest Drive will be closed to all traffic in both directions at the crossing. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone using other streets. Emergency vehicles will not be able to pass through the crossing while the work is under way. The work will involve removal and replacement of the cross ties, repair of the rails and replacement of the street pavement at the crossing.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | July 24, 2010
o Testing done, where do schools go from here? Results of the 2010 Maryland School Assessment tests for grades 3 through 8 were released Tuesday. This included math and reading results for 32 elementary and middle schools in Washington County. Results for Hancock Middle School students will not be available until High School Assessment results are released in August or September because the school is a joint middle and high school. Tuesday's release included data on whether schools, student subgroups and grade levels met Adequate Yearly Progress goals set for the 2010 school year.
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November 25, 2009
Jared Savage, 18, recently earned the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout rank - in ceremonies in Florida. He started scouting in the second grade as a member of Pack 66 in Hagerstown under Mona Hardinge. As a Cub Scout, Jared earned the Arrow of Light and all Compass Arrow points. He also placed third during a pinewood derby competition. Jared crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 62, in Chewsville, in March 2001. Jared was part of a six-boy patrol, called the Stags, under Rodney Purdham.
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By DAN DEARTH | August 24, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Officials from Washington County Public Schools and the Washington County Health Department are offering free seasonal flu vaccinations to students in grades kindergarten through five. The vaccinations will not protect children from swine flu. John Davidson, director of student services for Washington County Public Schools, said vaccinations will be administered from Oct. 19 to 26. He said the vaccinations would not be given without parental consent. The vaccinations will be administered as a mist through both nostrils because most children are afraid of needles, said Susan Parks, director of community health nursing for the Washington County Health Department.
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By EMILY WARD / Pulse correspondent | August 18, 2009
Starting middle school may seem a little bit scary. There are new schools, new teachers and sometimes new lockers to deal with, along with many other new things. Middle school can seem tough at first, because elementary school seemed easier and smoother. Plus, you're going from being a kid to being a young adult, and suddenly people might be expecting a lot more from you. "Entering middle school was extremely scary, but very exciting," said Nicole Downing, 13. "I was finally going to see where all the graduating fifth-graders went after years in elementary school.
NEWS
February 9, 2009
The Washington County Public Schools enrollment and early admission process for kindergarten and first grade is now open for the 2009-10 school year. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to register without special permission. Children who turn 5 years old between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31 and wish to enroll in kindergarten must apply for early-admission testing. Students entering first grade must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1. To begin the early-admission assessment process for kindergarten, parents/guardians must send a written request to John Davidson, director of student services, P.O. Box 730, Hagerstown MD 21741.
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By HEATHER KEELS | January 20, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- About 100 Washington County employees would receive raises under changes to the county's salary grade system recommended Tuesday by a review committee. The changes, which bring salaries in line with increased duties and requirements associated with certain positions, would cost the county almost $250,000, including about $195,600 in direct salaries and about $46,600 in benefits, according to the committee's report. The Washington County Commissioners will decide whether to approve the changes when they create their budget for fiscal year 2010, which begins July 1. Approving the changes would raise the county's total labor budget 0.4 percent, an increase County Administrator Gregory B. Murray called "minimal.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 15, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Student scores on Maryland School Assessments rose this year, marking the sixth consecutive year of overall improvement by Washington County Public Schools students, officials said Monday. Gains were seen in reading and math by third- through seventh-graders, according to state data. Washington County eighth-graders showed improvements in math scores this year, but scored lower than last year in reading. "Once again, Washington County Public Schools' Maryland School Assessment results are promising and demonstrate our system's commitment to provide all students with a quality education," Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said.
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