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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2012
Washington County Public Schools officials are working out details for an agreement with Meritus Health Inc. for it to provide school health services when the new school year begins next month, according to school board President Wayne Ridenour. Meritus Health, the parent corporation of Meritus Medical Center, is advertising for school health employees on its website. County Health Officer Earl Stoner also sent an email to Washington County Health Department employees on Thursday morning notifying them that the school system is partnering with Meritus to provide school health services, according to a health department's spokesman and a copy of the email.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
Two nurses will be added for this school year to the health-services program Meritus Medical Center Inc. provides to Washington County Public Schools, a Meritus Health official said Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a one-year contract for Meritus Medical Center Inc. to continue to provide student health services beginning next month. The cost of the program is not to exceed $2,793,785, according to a copy of the agreement. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said there is every indication the program will come in under budget while providing more services during the coming school year.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 25, 2012
The Washington County Health Department is expected to continue to provide health services for Washington County Public Schools for the remainder of the summer school session, but an unknown number of health department employees are expected to be laid off when the new fiscal year starts July 1, officials said Monday. Who will provide school health services during the new school year also remains in limbo. If someone other than the health department ends up providing the school year services, the resulting layoffs could have a ripple effect throughout the health department and other state agencies because some year-round health department employees have “bumping” privileges, health department spokesman Rod MacRae said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2012
The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to pay upfront $537,372.65 in accrued unused sick time and vacation time for the Washington County Health Department employees who were laid off because the county cut funding for the school health-services program. The county will pay the liability on condition of a memorandum of understanding with the local health department. That agreement will state that the county will reduce its contribution to the local health department by approximately $134,343 a year for four years, County Administrator Greg Murray said Tuesday evening after the commissioners held a meeting at the Funkstown Town Hall.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2012
The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to give Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox authority to continue negotiating and to finalize an agreement for Meritus Medical Center Inc. to provide health services in schools starting in August. The estimated cost for the agreement is $2.7 million to $2.8 million, Board Vice President Jacqueline Fischer said in making the motion for the authorization during Tuesday's afternoon board meeting. The agreement with Meritus Medical Center Inc. will be for one year, with a possible one-year extension, Wilcox said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2012
Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said Tuesday that he learned that funding for school health services might be cut about two or three days before the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate $3.3 million from the county health department program. Wilcox said he learned County Administrator Greg Murray was to present three options, including cutting health service funds, to the commissioners to free up money to pay the portion of teacher pension costs the state is passing along to local governments starting July 1. The other two options were to raise the property tax or lower payments to the county employee pension fund.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 20, 2012
The Washington County Board of Education has taken a step toward moving the public comments section of its business meetings to an earlier time during its meetings and giving board members a chance to respond sooner, if they wish, to the public's comments. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the first reading of the two policies and rescind an older policy and administrative regulation. The changes could take effect with the board's Oct. 16 meeting if the board approves the second reading of the proposed policies at its Oct. 2 meeting.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a $254 million operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Chief Financial Officer Chris South said the school board will present its budget to the Washington County Commissioners next Tuesday. Before the board voted on the budget, board member Donna Brightman asked about the cost of school health services for the coming year. South said school system and Meritus Medical Center Inc. officials have had early discussions about extending health services into next school year.
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June 23, 2013
Agendas for this week's scheduled meetings of the Washington County Commissioners and Washington County Board of Education (Hagerstown's Mayor and Council are not scheduled to meet): WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS County Administration Building 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m. Agenda • 9:35 a.m.: Commissioners' reports and comments • 9:45 a.m.: Other business     (1) County attorney issues     (2)
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August 21, 2012
Schools to have school health services Washington County Public Schools will have school health services for the start of the school year, which is Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent Mike Markoe told the school board Tuesday night. The school system and Meritus Medical Center Inc. recently finalized an agreement for Meritus to provide school health services. Previously, the Washington County Health Department provided those services. So far, Meritus has hired all 25 of the certified medical technicians and all 11 of the licensed practical nurses, according to information Markoe providedThe Herald-Mail.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
Two nurses will be added for this school year to the health-services program Meritus Medical Center Inc. provides to Washington County Public Schools, a Meritus Health official said Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a one-year contract for Meritus Medical Center Inc. to continue to provide student health services beginning next month. The cost of the program is not to exceed $2,793,785, according to a copy of the agreement. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said there is every indication the program will come in under budget while providing more services during the coming school year.
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July 15, 2013
Agendas for this week's scheduled meetings of the Washington County Commissioners, Washington County Board of Education, and Hagerstown Mayor and Council: WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS County Administration Building, Room 226 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown Tuesday, July 16, 9 a.m. • 9 a.m.: Closed session (to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand,...
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a $254 million operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Chief Financial Officer Chris South said the school board will present its budget to the Washington County Commissioners next Tuesday. Before the board voted on the budget, board member Donna Brightman asked about the cost of school health services for the coming year. South said school system and Meritus Medical Center Inc. officials have had early discussions about extending health services into next school year.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
Nurses in Washington County Public Schools have been seeing about 20,000 students a month since Meritus Medical Center took over the nursing program this year, officials said at a Washington County Board of Education meeting Tuesday afternoon. The number of students being seen by nurses was part of an update on the nursing program that was presented to board of education members. Of the students being seen, about 35 percent of them are being helped for dispensing of medication and about 10 percent are being helped for minor injuries, said Joseph P. Ross, president and chief executive officer of Meritus Health.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 10, 2012
Viewpoints on the Washington County Board of Education having taxing authority were among the issues discussed Wednesday morning at a school board candidate forum at the Academy Theater in downtown Hagerstown. All five candidates attended the forum, which was co-sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; the Landlords & Property Owners Association of Washington County, Maryland; the Home Builders Association of Washington County; and the Pen-Mar Regional Association of Realtors.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 20, 2012
The Washington County Board of Education has taken a step toward moving the public comments section of its business meetings to an earlier time during its meetings and giving board members a chance to respond sooner, if they wish, to the public's comments. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the first reading of the two policies and rescind an older policy and administrative regulation. The changes could take effect with the board's Oct. 16 meeting if the board approves the second reading of the proposed policies at its Oct. 2 meeting.
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August 21, 2012
Schools to have school health services Washington County Public Schools will have school health services for the start of the school year, which is Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent Mike Markoe told the school board Tuesday night. The school system and Meritus Medical Center Inc. recently finalized an agreement for Meritus to provide school health services. Previously, the Washington County Health Department provided those services. So far, Meritus has hired all 25 of the certified medical technicians and all 11 of the licensed practical nurses, according to information Markoe providedThe Herald-Mail.
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