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August 20, 2009
A Hagerstown elementary school went on modified lockdown Thursday morning while police dealt with a distraught man who was threatening to harm himself, officials said. The incident at the man's house on Northern Avenue was unrelated to the Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence, but officials locked down the school as a precautionary measure, Lt. Tim Wolford of the Hagerstown Police Department said. The lockdown was put into effect around 11 a.m. at the school at 901 Northern Ave., according to Richard Wright, spokesman for Washington County Public Schools.
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.
By DAN DEARTH | | 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.
By HEATHER KEELS | September 4, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The perimeter of Fountaindale Elementary School was roped off with caution tape earlier this week after a student was injured and school system staff found construction debris outside the building, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said. The student was injured after falling on the grounds of the school at 901 Northern Ave. during an after-school program, Wright said. After learning of the injury, staff conducted a thorough inspection of the property and found construction debris left over from the replacement of the school's windows and doors over the summer, Wright said.
By ERIN JULIUS | August 28, 2009
SAINT JAMES -- An 8-year-old boy struck by a car Thursday night on Jordan Road was in an intensive care unit Friday after a lengthy surgery and several blood transfusions, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Thompson said Friday night. The boy is a third-grader at Fountain Rock Elementary School, not far from where the accident occurred, a school official confirmed Friday night. A spokeswoman at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said Friday night she had no additional information about the boy's condition and could not confirm he was a patient at the hospital, where he was flown by helicopter after the accident.
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.
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.
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 14, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Mold was discovered on the underside of the roof at Northern Middle School while crews were working to replace ceiling tiles in June, according to Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright. Wright said he does not know whether the mold is dangerous, but said it will be removed by the time school begins in August. Crews began removing mold July 1. Wright said he did not know how long the mold was present in the building or how much was found, but pointed out that environmental testing showed there was more mold outside the building than inside.
By DAN DEARTH | November 16, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Authorities searched for about an hour Monday afternoon for a Potomac Heights Elementary School student who got off at the wrong bus stop. The boy, whose name and age were unavailable Monday, was found at about 4 p.m. at Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown. "According to Bester Elementary staff, a student from Bester escorted the student to Bester's front office, where the student was assisted," Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said in an e-mail.
By DAVE McMILLION | | February 23, 2012
Three Smithsburg High School students were taken to a hospital  after they became sick Thursday morning while smoking synthetic marijuana known as “Spice,” according to police and school officials. The male students, ages 18, 16 and 17, were smoking the substance in a car on Main Street between the fire station and the high school, said Lt. Tim Baker of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The students became ill, but more information on their medical conditions was not available, according to Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright.
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