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December 9, 2012
Last week in “Monday Breakdown,” we quoted a AAA Digest of Motor Laws website about when school buses must stop at railroad crossings. After reading that, Hagerstown Police Officer Timothy Rossiter sent us an email. “Buses in the Hagerstown area stop at all railroad crossings, including several that have not been used in decades ...,” Rossiter wrote. “There are signs up at these intersections stating the crossings are 'EXEMPT' which I would think would mean they are not treated as an 'in use' crossing.
OPINION
July 15, 2013
Motorists who skirt traffic laws will probably be the first to complain about the Washington County Board of Commissioners' plan to install cameras on school buses. They might reflect that it is because of their own behavior that there is a need. The cameras fit on the bus and are enabled to collect photos and video once the stop arm is extended and the red lights are flashing. Drivers who run through the red lights can expect a $125 fine. Cameras will be installed on 20 buses to begin with, after a pilot project snagged numerous violators.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2013
A new Washington County Public Schools program to install cameras on some school buses to help reduce the number of motorists who illegally pass the stopped vehicles as they pick up or unload students will take effect when the new school year begins Aug. 21. The five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved awarding a five-year contract to American Traffic Solutions of Tempe, Ariz., to provide “stop-arm” enforcement...
NEWS
December 29, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer CASCADE - Parents here are asking Washington County Board of Education officials to re-examine the way they determine whether roads are safe enough for school buses during the winter. The request comes after a Dec. 22 accident in which a bus carrying Cascade Elementary School students slid on a Ritchie Road, according to parents and a school official. The bus came to a stop on the ice-covered road with the right-side tires off the pavement, said parent Ken Stotler.
NEWS
by CANDICE BOSELY | November 19, 2006
TRI-STATE - Of all of the memories students might have of riding school buses, chances are good none of those memories involves being bullied by another child wielding a seat belt buckle. A propensity for violence among some children is one of the many considerations school personnel must make when deciding whether to install seat belts on school buses. A recent report indicates that nationwide, school bus-related accidents send 17,000 children to emergency rooms each year, more than double the number in previous estimates that only included crashes.
NEWS
by JEFF SEMLER | August 22, 2006
If you have children, both you and they are anxious for school to start. And depending on their age, the reasons may be the same or different. If they are young, you both are probably nervous about the unknowns of school but if they are older, you are probably ready to get them out of the house and they may be bored. While I will caution everyone to slow down and be more cautious with the school buses running again, I also remind you that with school starting and fall approaching, harvest is under way. Whether you are new to Washington County or just find yourself on a road following farm machinery, welcome to farm country.
EDUCATION
November 16, 2012
Washington County Public Schools is expected to take possession of 15 school buses, including one wheelchair lift bus, in the spring. The Board of Education voted unanimously Nov. 6 to approve the purchase of the buses for $1,298,253, according to a presentation document and a video of the meeting. The deal involves trading in 18 school buses. K. Neal International Trucks, of Hyattsville, Md., was the low bidder for both the wheelchair lift bus and the standard school buses. The 12-row standard school buses seat about 70 riders and the wheelchair lift bus is a 42-passenger bus that can seat three wheelchair riders, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the board.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | August 21, 2007
At least three area law-enforcement agencies have received grant money they will use in an attempt to curb unsafe driving around school buses. When school starts Wednesday, officers will begin following school buses in marked cars, watching for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped with flashing lights. They also will be looking for other violations. Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. David Kloos said troopers will patrol with the buses before and after school. The Hagerstown barracks received $13,500 from the Department of Maryland State Police, which distributed $522,000 statewide from the School Bus Enforcement Fund.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 16, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Students have more than one month before going back to school in Washington County, and recently officials discussed whether they should be wearing seat belts when they do. The U.S. Department of Transportation held a public forum on the effectiveness of seat belts on school buses last week, revisiting a topic that has been the subject of debate for years. Washington County Public Schools Transportation Supervisor Barbara Scotto said students do not have seat belts unless they are riding a bus that serves students with special needs.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | November 30, 1999
âEUR¢ 17,800 ?� Number of students transported twice each day âEUR¢ 47 ?� Number of schools served in the county âEUR¢ 262 ?� Number of bus drivers âEUR¢ 164 ?� Number of bus routes âEUR¢� More than 2.7 million ?� Number of miles school buses travel annually WASHINGTON COUNTY Students have more than one month before going back to school in Washington County, and recently officials discussed whether they should be wearing seat belts when they do. The U.S. Department of Transportation held a public forum on the effectiveness of seat belts on school buses last week, revisiting a topic that has been the subject of debate for years.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
More than 22,300 Washington County Public Schools system students return to the classroom Wednesday, but their teachers have been busy for days setting up their classrooms ahead of time. Spanish teacher Lauren Ebersole said she was excited to have her own classroom this year at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, after having to move from room to room last year, using a cart to haul her materials. Brian Cooper spent his first day in his classroom a week ago, when he began organizing desks into clusters.
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OPINION
July 15, 2013
Motorists who skirt traffic laws will probably be the first to complain about the Washington County Board of Commissioners' plan to install cameras on school buses. They might reflect that it is because of their own behavior that there is a need. The cameras fit on the bus and are enabled to collect photos and video once the stop arm is extended and the red lights are flashing. Drivers who run through the red lights can expect a $125 fine. Cameras will be installed on 20 buses to begin with, after a pilot project snagged numerous violators.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2013
A new Washington County Public Schools program to install cameras on some school buses to help reduce the number of motorists who illegally pass the stopped vehicles as they pick up or unload students will take effect when the new school year begins Aug. 21. The five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved awarding a five-year contract to American Traffic Solutions of Tempe, Ariz., to provide “stop-arm” enforcement...
NEWS
April 22, 2013
Spring has sprung even if it isn't as warm or as moist as we often think of spring. However, as weather goes in the spring here in the Great Valley, if you don't like today's weather, stick around, because tomorrow's will be different. Spring on the farm is full of new beginnings. Calves, lambs and kids are born and chicks hatch. The renewing of the land begins, as well as the wheat, rye, barley and pastures green up. Spring also comes with lots of activity and smells. There is the smell of freshly turned soil, and of course, the smell of manure.
NEWS
December 23, 2012
Last week, CSX finally responded to a question about an unused spur of railroad tracks in Hagerstown by saying it's staying. The question came up earlier this month as The Herald-Mail looked at why school buses stop at railroad crossings that are no longer used and marked by “exempt” signs. It turns out Maryland law requires school buses to stop at all visible tracks. “Exempt” signs don't change anything. City Engineer Rodney Tissue wrote in an email about one particular example: “In this case, CSX has a spur that crosses East Wilson Blvd and heads northeast across Frederick Street toward the former First Urban Fiber plant (near the baseball stadium)
NEWS
December 9, 2012
Last week in “Monday Breakdown,” we quoted a AAA Digest of Motor Laws website about when school buses must stop at railroad crossings. After reading that, Hagerstown Police Officer Timothy Rossiter sent us an email. “Buses in the Hagerstown area stop at all railroad crossings, including several that have not been used in decades ...,” Rossiter wrote. “There are signs up at these intersections stating the crossings are 'EXEMPT' which I would think would mean they are not treated as an 'in use' crossing.
EDUCATION
November 16, 2012
Washington County Public Schools is expected to take possession of 15 school buses, including one wheelchair lift bus, in the spring. The Board of Education voted unanimously Nov. 6 to approve the purchase of the buses for $1,298,253, according to a presentation document and a video of the meeting. The deal involves trading in 18 school buses. K. Neal International Trucks, of Hyattsville, Md., was the low bidder for both the wheelchair lift bus and the standard school buses. The 12-row standard school buses seat about 70 riders and the wheelchair lift bus is a 42-passenger bus that can seat three wheelchair riders, Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the board.
EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 27, 2012
The side-view windows can't be folded in and the windows don't need to be rolled up, but the crossing arms on the front of the school buses do need to be tied back as a precaution before the buses are driven into Washington County Public Schools' new $214,638 bus-washing system. The system is expected to pay for itself in four years as it reduces the amount of time and labor needed to wash the school system's fleet of 160 school system-owned buses, Transportation Supervisor Barbara J. Scotto said.
OPINION
October 16, 2012
Accusations fit prejudices more than the facts To the editor: George Michael's column (Oct. 12) on President Obama's record was only partially on target. Michael gave credit to wacky conspiracy theories when he said, “By dropping more people from the work force, the administration was able to get the official rate down to 7.8 percent for September.” What he was referring to was last month's big drop in unemployment numbers. It's not just that Michael can't bring himself to say anything at all positive about Obama, it's that his statement is unwisely copied from Jack Welch, former CEO of GE. GE, one of the biggest companies in the world, paid zero federal income taxes.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
Maryland State Police were investigating a Monday afternoon robbery of the Frederick County Bank on Commerce Street. The holdup was reported at 2:52 p.m., police said. A man entered the bank and gave a teller a note stating he had a bomb, police said. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a green or blue Toyota Yaris with Maryland registration 1AH2856, police said. When police arrived, they established a perimeter and told school officials, police said.
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