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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 5, 2011
About 100 volunteers have been meeting since last fall to study ideas that would provide more educational opportunities for Washington County Public Schools' students. Following is a brief look at each of the study groups' recommendations based on information in the 260-page report and presentations at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. The full report was expected to be available today at the school system's home page at www.wcps.k12.md.us/index.html . A video of the school board meeting is available under the "school board" tab. Renzulli learning Incorporate the Renzulli learning strategy at elementary, middle and high school levels.
NEWS
January 30, 2013
Following is a verbatim list of the recommendations included in the final report and recommendations of the Fairplay Area Emergency Services Task Force. The Task Force hereby recommends that Fairplay Volunteer Fire Company be reinstated pending the successful completion of the following: 1. That the Volunteer Fire Company of District #12, once reactivated, be placed on a 24-month probationary period with the expectation that all of the requirements/recommendation continue to be accurately and currently maintained.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 26, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Strategic Plan unveiled Saturday at The Maryland Theatre has scores of recommendations distributed through 80 pages, a lot to digest in one sitting for those who attended the presentation. Not all of the report's recommendations are likely to be acted upon, County Commissioner William B. McKinley said. “We're going to have to try to come up with the really important points of things that are doable ... and take it from there,” McKinley said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 14, 2013
The work of a task force examining the suspended Fairplay Fire Co. ended Monday night with much of the strain and ill feelings that was apparent in many of the other meetings. The task force worked on its final report and recommendations, which concluded in part that the fire company has not adequately researched solutions and had not fully addressed its situation, and as a result department administration change is needed. The report and recommendations will be sent to the Washington County Board of Commissioners for consideration.
NEWS
February 23, 2007
Samples of the O'Malley-Brown Transition Report's recommendations: · Parole and probation: Improve monitoring and tracking of child sex offenders · Agriculture: Promote biodiesel use in school buses · Environment and natural resources: Increase the transfer tax on farms that are converted to development · Health and mental hygiene: Establish a dental clinic in every local health department ...
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | January 22, 2008
A committee of builders, developers and county employees submitted recommendations Tuesday to the Washington County Commissioners on how they think the county should improve its plan approval process. The Plan Approval Process Committee has been meeting weekly since August 2007 to create a list of recommendations aimed at making the plan review process more efficient, according to Donald Bowman of The Bowman Group, who served as the committee's chairman. "The quicker we can finish these projects and get them on the tax rolls, the greater the benefit to everyone," Bowman said.
NEWS
by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | June 7, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com Recommendations from the Washington County Board of Education's Alcohol and Drug Task Force, which include a systemwide mentoring program and increasing alcohol- and drug-free activities, will be reviewed by a new committee, Interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said Wednesday. The committee will "see what we can do now and what we can do later and put costs with some of the recommendations," Morgan said. Morgan said some of the task force recommendations that wouldn't cost anything, such as a new mentoring program for at-risk youth, could be in place by the next school year.
NEWS
by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ | March 8, 2006
The City of Hagerstown is underpaying its workers by as much as 40 percent and will need to increase salaries by nearly $4.8 million in order to stem the tide of workers leaving the city in search of higher pay, according to the findings of a wage compensation study unveiled to the city council Tuesday night. "We'll give you a few moments to digest the big number and pick yourself off the floor," city Human Resources Director Donna Messina said before taking comments from the council.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 11, 2011
Community leaders Tuesday recommended that Meritus Health transfer the former Washington County Hospital property to a nonprofit organization for a publicly-subsidized redevelopment, possibly as a mix of offices, stores and housing. "We believe probably market forces are weak enough that we won't see the type of private investment that we'd all desire, and public subsidy will be necessary to get a quality revitalization that meets the community goals," said Sharon Disque, executive director of the Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership and co-chairwoman of the Hospital Redevelopment Task Force that has met for the past few months to discuss the downtown property's future.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 5, 2012
An inspection report on the suspended Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. is expected to be completed this week and a task force that is supposed to make recommendations for the department could meet again Monday, fire officials said earlier this week. The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted in July to suspend Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. indefinitely for not responding quickly enough to calls. The task force was given three months to come up with possible solutions for getting the department running again efficiently.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 2, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education Tuesday is scheduled to discuss whether the board should have a formal annual self-appraisal, after a committee voted last month to recommend rescinding the policy, panel members said. School board member Melissa Williams brought up the policy during the board's July 23 meeting, asking that it have a discussion soon about how it was going to do the self-appraisal, which is due by Oct. 1 under current board policy. At an Aug. 6 meeting, the school board voted 5-2 on member Wayne Ridenour's motion to suspend the policy and send it to the board's Policy Committee for review and to possibly recommend whether to change or rescind it. Several board members have said past retreats, in which the board essentially evaluates itself, have not benefited board member relations.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2013
A Washington County Board of Education committee will recommend the school board amend its graduation honors policy so the valedictorian and salutatorian are given the first options - at all county public high schools - to provide commencement speeches, school board officials said. All three members of the board's Policy Committee said they agreed on that recommendation. Board President Justin Hartings and board members Jacqueline Fischer and Karen Harshman serve on the committee. If the valedictorian and/or salutatorian doesn't want to give a speech at graduation, the honor would be passed to the student with the third highest grade-point average, and so on, down the GPA list, said Fischer, who chairs the Policy Committee.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Increasing access to high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections in the home and office could be a future boon for economic development throughout Washington County, according to a Virginia-based consulting firm. “Washington County has, we think, a lot of strategic advantages,” said Andrew Cohill, president and founder of Design Nine, Inc., of Blacksburg, Va. Design Nine recently completed a broadband impact study for Washington County, unveiling its findings and financial projections before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
Expanding existing commercial air service and targeting new leisure destinations are two recommendations for future growth at the Hagerstown Regional Airport, according to a third-party consultant study. Virginia-based AvPorts, a firm with decades of experience in airport management, development and marketing, presented an overview of its study to Washington County officials on Aug. 20. The comprehensive 192-page marketing plan also suggests that airport officials look into establishing air cargo service for businesses, and increasing promotional efforts for existing businesses at the airport and to attract new ones.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said he's recommending Funkstown's Town Council not pursue a loitering ordinance, and seek advice from a state agency about addressing noise complaints in town. Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. withdrew proposed noise and loitering ordinances from the council's July agenda at the request of Mullendore, who had concerns about the ability to enforce both proposed laws. The sheriff's office is the enforcement agency for the town. The mayor and town council will discuss the town's proposed noise and loitering ordinances at its at 7 p.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 12, at Town Hall, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said.
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.
EDUCATION
April 5, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education's Human Resources Committee decided last month not to recommend creating a nepotism policy because the board's ethics policy covers the matter, according to Board of Education member Wayne D. Ridenour, who chairs the committee. Ridenour said it didn't make sense to create an independent nepotism policy when the ethics policy already covers the issue. For months, school system officials have been reviewing policies to eliminate redundancies and make revisions where needed.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
Faced with a $1.4 million budget deficit, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board will vote Thursday whether to outsource support staff positions, cut athletics and extracurricular activities, or not replace four retiring teachers. With the Greencastle-Antrim School District looking for places to cut to cinch up the gaping hole in its $34 million 2013-14 budget, the administration is recommending that the board approve outsourcing support staff, which includes transportation, cafeteria, custodial and technology services.   Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said it comes down to three options.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 1, 2013
A committee tasked with reviewing the traffic impact fees on select new development in Washington Township, Pa., has recommended those fees be lowered. The committee, largely composed of real estate professionals, has recommended the impact fee be reduced to an amount between $2,486 and $2,714, saying the Washington Township Supervisors can use their discretion when setting the amount. The impact fees are assessed on each “traffic unit” created by new development within specific geographic zones.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
The recommendation of a volunteer committee that examined ways to temporary alleviate overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School next school year is expected to be presented to the Washington County Board of Education on April 2, said the committee's chairman, Bert Iseminger. The Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee met Tuesday night to review a recommendation they came up with at an earlier meeting and did not change the recommendation, Iseminger said. Any redistricting changes would go to a public hearing before the school board gives them final approval, school system spokesman Richard Wright said.
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