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May 5, 2013
Here are some of the things happening this week in Washington County Public Schools:   Monday, May 6 Career and Technology Education Awards at South Hagerstown High Barbara Ingram School for the Arts - Senior dance show at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater, 7:30 p.m. Bester Elementary - Grade-five Family Life,  11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Boonsboro Elementary - Family STEM Night, 6 to 7 p.m. Clear Spring...
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NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2013
About 175 young musicians took part Saturday in the 2013 Swingin' in the Park Jazz Festival, an event organized by Washington County Public Schools to showcase the county's jazz bands in middle and high schools. Nine county schools took part this year in the event, which has been held since 1998. Rob Hovermale, Washington County Public Schools' supervisor of visual and performing arts, said the event was noncompetitive, and enables participants to experiment and improvise. Gary Rupert, the event organizer, said the event was a good opportunity for young musicians to listen to other talented musicians.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 30, 2013
Brian Ansel and Kris Pearl thought they were going to spend Tuesday morning observing and helping another teacher work with her students at Bester Elementary School, but the pair was surprised when a group of people walked into the classroom with balloons. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and officials from the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation then presented Ansel and Pearl with a large ceremonial check for $1,000. “I was amazed. I was astonished. I was overwhelmed.
NEWS
April 28, 2013
Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Clayton M. Wilcox recently announced administrative changes for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year and other transfers that will take place officially on July 1. Following are the changes listed in an emailed news release: • Beth Allshouse will transfer as principal from Greenbrier Elementary School to Lincolnshire Elementary School, effective May 6. • Jennifer Scarberry-Price will transfer...
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
Focusing on issues such as adequate school staffing, two parents Tuesday evening raised issues regarding a plan to change attendance boundaries for Pangborn and Paramount elementary schools. Pangborn's enrollment in the fall of 2012 was 810 and the state-rated capacity for the school is 745. The school's enrollment is expected to climb to 842 for the coming school year, school officials said. To address the situation, the Washington County Board of Education is considering a proposal that could move 50 to 60 students from Pangborn to Paramount.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
Washington County Board of Education President Justin Hartings said Thursday he had his appendix removed Monday and he expected to be released from Meritus Medical Center soon. Hartings said he expects to be at the April 23 school board meeting. The April 16 school board meeting was canceled because there weren't enough board members for a quorum due to unforeseen circumstances, school system spokesman Richard Wright said Tuesday. During Wednesday night's Teacher of the Year ceremony, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told the crowd Hartings was in the hospital after having emergency surgery.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education has canceled its Tuesday, April 16, meeting because, due to unforeseen circumstances, not enough members were expected to make the meeting, school system spokesman Richard Wright said Tuesday. Four of the seven members must be present for there to be a quorum so official business can be conducted, Wright said. The school board will hold a short public meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, before the 6 p.m. public hearing concerning the proposed redistricting for Pangborn Elementary School, Wright said.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
A clothing drive in Washington County Public Schools to benefit Children In Need will be conducted through April 26. Students and staff at the following schools have been asked to make and generate contributions of gently used clothing, coats, jackets and shoes in sizes 3T (toddler) to 2X (adult): Clear Spring, Conococheague, Fountain Rock, Hancock, Hickory, Lincolnshire and Williamsport elementary schools; Clear Spring and Springfield middle schools; Clear Spring and Williamsport high schools; and Hancock Middle-Senior High School.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2013
Washington County Board of education member Karen Harshman has questioned the practice of naming schools after individuals or families. One of her concerns, she said, was that over time, people no longer would remember who the person was, or why a school was named for him or her. Seven schools in the Washington County Public Schools system are so named. The following is a list of those schools, and some information about the people whose names they carry. Bester Elementary School The precedent for naming schools for individuals or families was set in 1965, when the school system decided to name a school on South Potomac Street for the Bester family.
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