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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
Meal prices for Washington County Public Schools' students and staff will increase for the third consecutive year, due mainly to cost increases such as food and paper supplies, Food and Nutrition Services Supervisor Jeff Proulx said. The Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the $10.7 million Food and Nutrition Services operating budget, which includes a 10-cent increase for school breakfasts and lunches for the new school year. Meal prices increased 5 cents for this school year, and went up 10 cents for the 2011-12 school year.
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NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 3, 2013
Washington County Public Schools' almost 10-year-old student dress code will get revamped thanks to student efforts led by the school board's student representative, Amanda Krehbiel. While the Board of Education didn't approve a first reading of Krehbiel's proposed dress code changes during Tuesday's meeting, it did take steps to allow the dress code to change, and perhaps be updated more often as fashion trends change. The board unanimously approved an amendment proposed by board member Wayne D. Ridenour that removes specifics about clothing from the policy and charges the superintendent or his designee to develop dress-code regulations in consultation with student representatives.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
The Washington County Board of Education ended months of speculation Tuesday afternoon by voting unanimously to buy the former Allegheny Energy building on Downsville Pike to house its administrative offices. The $5.5 million purchase agreement includes more than 44 acres that one day could serve as the site for an elementary or middle school. Last week, schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox told board members that renovating the 10435 Downsville Pike office building is estimated to cost $6.6 million.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
Washington County Public Schools officials presented the Board of Education's $254 million operating budget to the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday morning. Chief Financial Officer Chris South said the school system was asking the county for $94,453,570, which is a 1.6 percent increase over the county's contribution to the school system's current operating budget. The $94 million represents 37.1 percent of revenue for the school system's operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, South said.
NEWS
March 25, 2013
Clarksburg company gets contract to remove/recycle construction debris at new Bester site A Clarksburg, Md., company was awarded the contract to remove and recycle construction debris from the construction site for the new Bester Elementary School. At least 75 percent of the construction waste must be recycled, according to a presentation document for the March 19 Board of Education meeting. The school board voted unanimously to award the contract to Environmental Alternatives as part of its consent agenda.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 24, 2013
Whether the Washington County Board of Education decides to move the school system's administrative offices to downtown Hagerstown, the school system already is a big investor in downtown and expects to remain so, Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said. Washington County Public Schools' investment in downtown is about $700,000 a year, according to figures provided by the school system's budget and finance department. Hagerstown officials want the school board to help revitalize the downtown by moving its administrative offices there.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Four Washington County Public Schools teachers were recognized this week for being certified or recertified as National Board certified teachers. Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and Board of Education members recognized the teachers during Tuesday's school board meeting. Boonsboro High English Teacher Brooke Jozik became a National Board certified teacher, according to a presentation document. Paramount Elementary kindergarten teacher Lucy Austin, Rockland Woods Elementary music teacher Linda Barnhart, and Bester Elementary library media specialist Diane Mentzer were recognized for becoming recertified.
EDUCATION
March 17, 2013
Here's what's happening in Washington County Public Schools: Monday, March 18 Barbara Ingram School for the Arts - Pre-festival vocal concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m. Boonsboro Middle - Book fair (through Friday) E. Russell Hicks Middle - Student assistant program meeting, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 Washington County Board of Education meeting - 6 p.m. (broadcast live on Antietam Cable Channel 99) Clear Spring High - Future Farmers of America meeting, 3:30 p.m.; sports pictures, 3:45 p.m. Clear Spring Middle - Family Life program for eighth-graders E. Russell Hicks Middle - School Improvement Team meeting, 2:30 p.m. Fountaindale Elementary - PTA meeting, 6 p.m.; science fair, 6:30 p.m. Funkstown Elementary - Family night, 5 to 7 p.m. Pleasant Valley Elementary - Chess Club, 2:15 p.m. Smithsburg Middle - Christian Fellowship of Athletes meeting, 3:30 p.m.; music department's third annual benefit concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 7 p.m. at Smithsburg High Wednesday, March 20 Boonsboro Middle - Orchestra rehearsal during first period Clear Spring Middle - Family Life program for eighth-graders E. Russell Hicks Middle - Art Club, 2:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Elementary - 24 Club for fifth-graders, 2:15 p.m. Smithsburg Middle - Future Farmers of America meeting, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 Lunchtime Live Radio Show - WJEJ/1240 AM, 1:06 p.m....
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