August 20, 2013
Lillian Lowery, state superintendent of schools, and Maryland PTA President Ray Leone will talk about the new Common Core State Standards and take questions at a public meeting on Sept. 16, said Richard Wright, a spokesman for Washington County Public Schools. County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox also will participate in the discussion. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at South Hagerstown High School, Wright said. - Julie E. Greene
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.
June 2, 2013
A Hagerstown resident wanted to know why Boonsboro Middle School students have to pay a rental fee for their lockers, including gym lockers. Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said some schools charge a rental fee for a lock students can use on their lockers. Generally, many schools with lockers charge $1 per lock, Wright said. Boonsboro Middle charged $1 a year per lock to use for a book or athletic locker, he said. Northern Middle School charged students $1 for a lock for their athletic lockers, with the fee covering students' time at the school from sixth through eighth grades, he said.
April 21, 2013
A reader recently expressed concern about bags and boxes of books being thrown into a Dumpster at Conococheague Elementary School. The reader wondered why the books weren't donated to others. Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said the elementary school did throw out some damaged books, as well as historical books that no longer were relevant. Wright said the school also had a shed full of books that were going to be donated. Every school donates books as new editions arrive, Wright said.
April 18, 2013
Washington County Board of Education President Justin Hartings said Thursday he had his appendix removed Monday and he expected to be released from Meritus Medical Center soon. Hartings said he expects to be at the April 23 school board meeting. The April 16 school board meeting was canceled because there weren't enough board members for a quorum due to unforeseen circumstances, school system spokesman Richard Wright said Tuesday. During Wednesday night's Teacher of the Year ceremony, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told the crowd Hartings was in the hospital after having emergency surgery.
April 16, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education has canceled its Tuesday, April 16, meeting because, due to unforeseen circumstances, not enough members were expected to make the meeting, school system spokesman Richard Wright said Tuesday. Four of the seven members must be present for there to be a quorum so official business can be conducted, Wright said. The school board will hold a short public meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, before the 6 p.m. public hearing concerning the proposed redistricting for Pangborn Elementary School, Wright said.
April 5, 2013
Hagerstown's police chief said officers did not suspect foul play in the death of a 7-year-old boy who apparently drowned Thursday evening in the bathtub of his family's home at 425 Summit Ave. Police said Friday morning that the death of Nicodemus Kemp was being investigated by the Hagerstown Police Department, Washington County State's Attorney's Office and Washington County Child Advocacy Center. “There was nothing apparent at the scene that made it look like a suspicious death, but we're conducting a full investigation,” Police Chief Mark Holtzman said.
March 18, 2013
A volunteer committee that has been examining ways to temporarily alleviate overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School has moved its meeting to Tuesday. The Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Washington County Public Schools' office at 701A Frederick St., school system spokesman Richard Wright said. The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday. At its last meeting, the committee had come to a consensus on a proposed recommendation, which is to be provided to the Board of Education by April 2. The proposal calls for redistricting 11 multifamily dwellings in the Cortland Manor development, moving about 55 students from Pangborn Elementary to Paramount Elementary School next fall.
January 13, 2013
Washington County Public Schools recently upgraded technology and furnishings in the board auditorium at a cost of $83,666, according to information provided by school system spokesman Richard Wright. The costs break down into $49,230 for technology upgrades and $34,436 for furnishings, according to emails from Wright. The technology includes new presentation equipment, wireless microphones and a larger screen for presentations, according to Wright and School Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.
January 6, 2013
Community members will have a chance to pose questions to Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox this week as he holds three public “listening sessions,” according to an email from school system spokesman Richard Wright. The sessions, which begin at 6:15 p.m., will be held: • Tuesday at South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown's South End • Wednesday at North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown's North End • Thursday at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, 289 W. Main St., Hancock Each session will include brief remarks from Wilcox and a time for questions and answers.