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By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 5, 2013
At least three Washington County Board of Education members expressed concern about training available for teachers, specifically with a more rigorous curriculum being implemented, new assessment tests coming, and the state pushing for improvements for gifted and talented students. That was just one of the issues discussed during a Tuesday morning work session about the superintendent's proposed $254.4 million operating budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Another issue that arose was that if enrollment growth projected for Pangborn Elementary becomes a reality, a temporary measure, such as having new kindergartners and their siblings attend another school, might have to be considered, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | February 5, 2013
Berkeley County Schools for the second year in a row had the most educators achieve National Board Certification among the state's 55 county school districts, officials were told Tuesday night. Nine educators, including the county's first national board certified counselor, were recognized by the Berkeley County Board of Education. With 44 National Board Certified Teachers now on staff, Berkeley County is tied for third with Monongalia County for having the most statewide, according to school officials.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | January 29, 2013
The Waynesboro Area School Board and its teachers union are continuing to try to reach agreements on teacher contract issues without attorneys present. The two sides met Tuesday for a four-hour bargaining session. Waynesboro Area School Board member Rita Daywalt called the time cordial and cooperative. “Discussions focused around a handful of issues, including salary and benefits. The majority of the discussion included clarifying both sides proposals,” Angie Cales, president of the Waynesboro Area Education Association, wrote in an email on behalf of the union.
Lisa Prejean | January 24, 2013
I will be teaching a public speaking class this semester, and I'm looking forward to working with the group of students who have registered for the class. Their first assignment is an introductory speech that will allow them to get acquainted with each other, gain some experience by speaking on a familiar topic, and ease any apprehension they might feel about being "up front," before a group of their peers. This introductory speech has structure that is similar to Dickens' "A Christmas Carol.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | January 23, 2013
The retirement of five school principals and two teachers who have been honored as Berkeley County's best were among several personnel actions approved Tuesday night by the Berkeley County Board of Education. The retirement of principals Linda Ghion (Bedington Elementary), Paul Tyson (Hedgesville Elementary), Stephen Crowell (Potomack Intermediate), John Spataro (Tomahawk Intermediate) and Lawrence “Larry” Hitt (Tuscarora Elementary), will be effective June 30. Past Berkeley County Teacher of Year honorees V. Colleen Miller, a fourth-grade teacher at Orchard View Intermediate School, and Terry Lamp, a social studies teacher at Martinsburg South Middle School, also are retiring as of June 30. “Normally, we average about 50 (retirements)
By DAVE McMILLION | | January 17, 2013
Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said Wednesday that it's possible that teachers, in addition to school administrators, will soon be involved in security training for schools and that another school resource officer position might be created this year to increase security in schools. Mullendore's comments come as police and school officials have been reviewing school safety procedures recently following the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children, six adults and the shooter dead.
January 14, 2013
A former Berkeley County public school teacher was sentenced to five years in prison for multiple identity theft convictions involving one of her children. Rebecca Jean Ferguson, 41, also was ordered to serve 40 years of probation in lieu of a second five-year prison sentence, which was suspended, according to Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.   Ferguson was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to pay $10,000 in “restorative” restitution to her daughter and more than $10,000 in restitution to credit-card companies, Games-Neely said.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | January 8, 2013
Three women dressed in traditional Song Dynasty garb, one holding a flower, danced in fog as part of the “Qingming Riverside” production performed by the Hong Kong Dance Company at The Maryland Theatre on Tuesday. The production explores through dance the Northern Song Dynasty, which lasted from A.D. 960 to 1127. “This is a rare opportunity to show all kinds of Chinese dances in this environment,” Hong Kong Dance Company Executive Director Gerard C.C. Tsang said. “We are happy to introduce Chinese Dance to people in the states.” The Maryland Theatre was one of three locations that the company is visiting in the United States.
Lisa Prejean | January 3, 2013
I'd like to dedicate this column to the class of 2013. Yes, I know they won't be graduating until May or June and that columns at this time of year typically focus on resolutions ... not graduations. But I think it's important for these soon-to-be adults to think about the impact they could have over the next five months or so. Here is my New Year's wish list for them:  As a member of the oldest class in my school, I will be a leader. I might not have the title of president for a club or group, but I can lead by example and by making the right choices.
December 19, 2012
Hug your loved ones, just because you can To the editor: My daughter is a student at Salem Avenue Elementary School. It is a place where she loves to be, where she thrives and grows in the tender care of the wonderful teachers and staff. I have said this before and will continue to say it; I am so very grateful for her school and all that they have done to help mold her little being. And knowing her teachers as I do, I can imagine that they all are struggling greatly with the tragedy in Connecticut.
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