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By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | July 7, 2013
Washington County Public Schools and the county's Community Action Council have embarked on a new initiative to expand their summer meal programs by piloting a food truck known as the Meal Machine. The truck provides free lunch Monday through Friday in Hagerstown to those up to 18 years old at two locations through Aug. 9. The truck stops at the Cortland Manor Community Building from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and at Otterbein United Methodist Church from noon to 12:35 p.m.  Summer programs such as the Meal Machine are designed to complement the free and reduced-price lunches and breakfasts public schools offer during the school year.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | July 5, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education approved the terms of the third year of the current teachers contract by a 4-1 vote Friday morning, giving all eligible teachers a step increase in the 2013-14 school year. The contract still must be approved by the teachers. “It's up to the membership now to weigh the package and vote yes or no,” Washington County Teachers Association President Denise Fry said Friday.  The association's board of directors has sent contract packages to the members, who have until July 15 to return their ballots, she said.
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June 27, 2013
The annual meeting of the Washington County Homemakers was June 10 at the Ramada Plaza. The theme for this year's meeting was “Farming in Washington County, Past-Present-Future.” A PowerPoint presentation was given by guest speaker Terrie Shank of Palmyra Farms. The Shanks are a fourth-generation farming family, with a fifth-generation granddaughter born June 12. Shank recently retired from teaching agriculture for 32 years in Washington County schools, with the last 17 years at Clear Spring High School.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2013
Some rounded their vehicles into a section of the parking lot, but many more were seen walking up the length of West North Avenue or appearing from the side streets of the Jonathan Street corridor. They were his friends, neighbors, family and former students, all joining Saturday for the rededication of Hagerstown's Memorial Recreation Center, which now bears the name of Robert W. Johnson Community Center. Johnson, who died June 17, 2009, is memorialized for his roles as an educator, coach and Tuskegee airman.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
Antietam Academy Principal Ike Williams said Tuesday that he is retiring from Washington County Public Schools to become assistant principal at the new Spring Mills High School in nearby Berkeley County, W.Va. Williams, 60, who lives in Berkeley County, has worked in Maryland education for 36 years. “I thought it was a neat opportunity to go back to my roots,” to a comprehensive high school, Williams said. Being involved with a new high school and helping to set the tone appealed to him, Williams said.
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June 9, 2013
Proposed evaluation model submitted Washington County Public Schools submitted its proposed model for evaluating teachers and principals to the state on June 3, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said last week. State law calls for student growth to be part of teacher and principal evaluations starting with the upcoming school year. The deadline to submit the plan was June 7, Wilcox said. Some school employees' schedules change for summer Many Washington County Public Schools facilities are switching to a summer schedule, in which they will be closed Fridays, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said last week.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2013
The Maryland Public School Labor Relations Board has declared an impasse between Washington County Public Schools and the Washington County Teachers Association over pay-raise negotiations, the board's executive director confirmed Thursday. The impasse order was declared Monday and issued Tuesday in the mail, Erica Snipes, executive director for the Maryland State Labor Relations Boards, said in a telephone interview. The two sides have until Saturday to begin selecting a mediator, and mediation must begin by June 21, under state regulations.
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June 3, 2013
Steve Wernick, who was slated to become Cascade Elementary School's principal next school year, said Monday that he is leaving Washington County Public Schools to take a job with Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools. Wernick, who is the local director of elementary education, lives in Carroll County. He said he will become principal at Mechanicsville Elementary. A new principal for Cascade Elementary School has not yet been named. Cascade's current principal, Karen Palmer, will be principal at Boonsboro Elementary in the next school year.
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