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July 24, 2011
During his first school board meeting earlier this month, new Washington County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told members of a local civic group that he wants to talk to them, to “give you the time that you deserve,” once he gets caught up on the issues. West End Neighborhoods 1st group residents Billy Williams and Marshall Lowman attended the July 12 board meeting to reiterate concerns they shared with the board in March. The pair said they have a petition, which had not been submitted yet, regarding concerns about redistricting students from West End elementary schools to Eastern Elementary and Ruth Ann Monroe Primary on the other side of town.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 23, 2011
Last fall, Springfield Middle School educators were reviewing students' progress in meeting county reading and math goals and realized several students were behind, Principal Jennifer Ruppenthal said. So they carved a 40-minute block out of the school day, twice a week from January until March when the assessment tests were given, and used that time to give struggling students extra help. Students who didn't need intervention read novels along with their teachers or listened to audiobooks and completed related activities to improve their comprehension skills.
By MARIE GILBERT | | June 24, 2011
There have been changes over the years at the corner of Locust and Washington streets. Families have moved away, buildings have undergone renovations and there's been a heavier stream of traffic. But June Benchoff, with her green hat and white gloves, has remained a familiar sight. For more than 50 years, Benchoff has stood on the same busy corner shepherding children to and from school. She helps them cross the street, makes sure they safely board their buses and scolds those who, occasionally, think the rules don't apply.
Lesley Mason | Kids Ink | June 6, 2011
While the end of the school year typically brings excitement for the start of summer, sometime students can feel unsure about leaving behind the security and familiarity of their school day.  Often they will express feelings of sadness about missing the relationships they've established with friends and most importantly, their teacher. This month explores books that tackle the topic of the last day of school, and teacher relationships, some funny, some serious, all good reads. “No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | April 30, 2011
In the early 1900s, blight hit chestnut trees of the southeastern United States. Believed to be accidentally imported through Asian lumber or trees, the disease left fields of dead stumps in its wake. The mass extinction was considered to be an ecological disaster. In July 2009, staff at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview planted an experimental variety of chestnut trees. Tim Abe, head teacher at the school, said Gary Carver of Penn State University provided the seeds for a genetically engineered strain known as B3F3.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | April 20, 2011
More than 50 local taxpayers, teachers and education officials came out to the Capitol Theatre on Tuesday night for a showing of the 2010 documentary, “Waiting for Superman.” The 111-minute movie, written and directed by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, chronicles four families in urban and suburban areas of the United States who fear the public education system is flawed, causing them to seek out exclusive charter schools that boast higher graduation...
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | March 19, 2011
From Mexico to Japan, Spring Mills Middle School faculty and students have gone "global" in the classroom and beyond in the last two years. The school is one of eight statewide that is taking part in "Go Global," an interdisciplinary approach to learning through immersion in cultures well beyond "the bubble" of northern Berkeley County. Wildwood Middle School in Jefferson County also is participating in the initiative being run by West Virginia Center for Professional Development.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | March 13, 2011
Some parents of Pangborn Elementary School students are upset because they believed a student took a loaded BB gun to the school, and the school system did not notify parents and all school employees. In December, a student was found in possession of a toy gun at Pangborn, school system spokesman Richard Wright said. "In no way are we aware that it was a loaded gun of any sort, whether it was a BB gun or not. There was no ammunition that we're aware of," Wright said. Wright said the school system did not notify all Pangborn employees and parents about the incident.
July 18, 2010
Sheriff candidate says officers are needed in all county schools To the editor: Some parents might find it strange that I am interested in putting police officers in every Washington County school. But it makes sense. It must first be stated that the schools are a direct extension of the community. Each school shares the same problems and concerns as the citizens in that area. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to have a police presence in and around the schools during the school day. The school resource officer program is a valuable and necessary part of modern policing.
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 21, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Area School Board and the teachers' bargaining unit remain far apart on a key contract negotiation issue -- salaries. The school board has proposed no pay increase for three years starting in 2010-11, according to a press release from the district. The Waynesboro Area Education Association has proposed increases of 5.7 percent each year for four years, both sides confirmed. Education Association President Jessica Bryan said the teachers treated 5.7 percent as a starting point and assumed the school board's 0 percent was its starting point, although the bargaining unit found that proposal to be insulting.
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