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July 7, 2013
The Washington County Teachers Association presented three $1,000 scholarships at its annual business meeting May 15. Scholarships were presented by Aline Novak, WCTA scholarship chairwoman. Siena Lund of North Hagerstown High School was awarded the Dot Truax Scholarship. She is the daughter of WCTA member Nancy Lund. Siena plans to attend Hagerstown Community College and major in early childhood education. Emily Irwin of North High is the daughter of WCTA member Sally Irwin.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 3, 2010
The Washington County Board of Education plans to have a public presentation on Tuesday about contract negotiations with the school system's unions. The board held a special closed meeting on the topic on Friday. Afterward, Wayne D. Ridenour, the board president, said in a telephone interview that the board plans to respond in a letter to a Sept. 1 counterproposal by the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA). The WCTA's offer includes freezing salaries and eliminating step increases.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 27, 2010
The Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Educational Support Personnel Association, at an impasse in contract negotiations, are to present arguments to an impasse panel Thursday. WCESPA members are due a 3 percent raise this fiscal year and, if applicable, step increases, officials from both sides have said. However, the school system did not receive enough state and county funding to afford raises this fiscal year, Chris South, the school system's chief financial officer, has said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 7, 2010
Washington County Public Schools officials provided an overview Tuesday of contract negotiation issues with the teachers union, including the connection between funding the union's proposal and possible layoffs. The sides have been in negotiations for about a year, said Michael Markoe, assistant superintendent for student and staff support. Negotiations relate to the last year in the Washington County Teachers Association's contract, which is the fiscal year that began July 1. The negotiations, which include salary and step increases as well as who bears what portion of health care costs, were declared at an impasse in June by State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 28, 2010
Now that an impasse panel has issued its findings and recommendations regarding a dispute between the Washington County Board of Education and the teachers union, the board needs to digest that report and determine the next step, school board President Wayne Ridenour said Tuesday. Some of the recommendations in the panel's report require clarification, Ridenour said. Those points center on health care costs and language in the teachers' contract that deals with protection for teachers with seniority when layoffs occur.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 2, 2010
State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick this summer declared an impasse in negotiations between Washington County Public Schools and the unions that represent teachers and support personnel, officials with both sides said this week. Both sets of negotiations involve salaries because schools officials say the school system does not have enough money to grant the raises and step increases set up for this fiscal year in both contracts. The impasse between the school system and the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA)
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 29, 2010
Which health care issues are negotiable is at the crux of a continuing dispute between the Washington County Board of Education and its teachers union over the last year in the current teachers contract. Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael, the board's representative on an impasse panel that heard arguments from both sides Aug. 26, said Wednesday that he issued a dissenting opinion to the impasse panel's report because "this document does not settle all issues. " In particular, the panel's report does not resolve a major issue, leaving $3 million in increased health care costs up in the air, Michael said Wednesday.
OBITUARIES
April 9, 2011
NOV. 28, 1939-APRIL 4, 2011 Patricia Linne Humelsine, 71, of Henderson, Nev., and formerly of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, April 4, 2011, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital De Lima Campus, Henderson. Born Nov. 28, 1939, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Julia M. Cooper Humelsine of Hagerstown and the late Emmert C. Humelsine. She received her master's degree from Frostburg State Teachers College. She taught in the Washington County schools, specializing in elementary education and special education for 27 years.
NEWS
January 18, 2011
Science teacher presented with golden apple award Science teacher John Evans Jr. was presented a Golden Apple Award during Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Education meeting. Evans teaches at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview. The Maryland Association of Science Teachers selected Evans as “Elementary School Level Teacher Showing Excellence in Science Education” for his outstanding work as a teacher and for making a difference to students, according to presentation documents.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 9, 2010
Officials undecided on how to distribute $179 million from federal Education Jobs bill A Rockville, Md., economist's analysis of Washington County's budget -- conducted for the teachers union in the midst of renegotiations for their final contract year -- is "misleading" and contains some inaccurate information, Washington County Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray said this week. Bob Pellicoro, who wrote the report for the Washington County Teachers Association, said he stands by the report he wrote and takes issue with a county policy that dictates how much cash reserves the county should maintain.
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August 5, 2013
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Board of Education 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown Tuesday, Aug. 6, 8:30 a.m. Agenda • 8:30 a.m.: Joint meeting with the Board of Education     (1) 2013 educational facilities master plan • 9:45 a.m.: Depart for County Administration Building, Room 227, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown • 10:05 a.m.: Commissioners' reports and comments • 10:20 a.m.: Other business     (1) County attorney issues     (2)
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EDUCATION
July 7, 2013
The Washington County Teachers Association presented three $1,000 scholarships at its annual business meeting May 15. Scholarships were presented by Aline Novak, WCTA scholarship chairwoman. Siena Lund of North Hagerstown High School was awarded the Dot Truax Scholarship. She is the daughter of WCTA member Nancy Lund. Siena plans to attend Hagerstown Community College and major in early childhood education. Emily Irwin of North High is the daughter of WCTA member Sally Irwin.
OBITUARIES
April 9, 2011
NOV. 28, 1939-APRIL 4, 2011 Patricia Linne Humelsine, 71, of Henderson, Nev., and formerly of Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, April 4, 2011, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital De Lima Campus, Henderson. Born Nov. 28, 1939, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of Julia M. Cooper Humelsine of Hagerstown and the late Emmert C. Humelsine. She received her master's degree from Frostburg State Teachers College. She taught in the Washington County schools, specializing in elementary education and special education for 27 years.
NEWS
January 18, 2011
Science teacher presented with golden apple award Science teacher John Evans Jr. was presented a Golden Apple Award during Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Education meeting. Evans teaches at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview. The Maryland Association of Science Teachers selected Evans as “Elementary School Level Teacher Showing Excellence in Science Education” for his outstanding work as a teacher and for making a difference to students, according to presentation documents.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 29, 2010
Which health care issues are negotiable is at the crux of a continuing dispute between the Washington County Board of Education and its teachers union over the last year in the current teachers contract. Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael, the board's representative on an impasse panel that heard arguments from both sides Aug. 26, said Wednesday that he issued a dissenting opinion to the impasse panel's report because "this document does not settle all issues. " In particular, the panel's report does not resolve a major issue, leaving $3 million in increased health care costs up in the air, Michael said Wednesday.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 28, 2010
Now that an impasse panel has issued its findings and recommendations regarding a dispute between the Washington County Board of Education and the teachers union, the board needs to digest that report and determine the next step, school board President Wayne Ridenour said Tuesday. Some of the recommendations in the panel's report require clarification, Ridenour said. Those points center on health care costs and language in the teachers' contract that deals with protection for teachers with seniority when layoffs occur.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 27, 2010
The Washington County Board of Education and the Washington County Educational Support Personnel Association, at an impasse in contract negotiations, are to present arguments to an impasse panel Thursday. WCESPA members are due a 3 percent raise this fiscal year and, if applicable, step increases, officials from both sides have said. However, the school system did not receive enough state and county funding to afford raises this fiscal year, Chris South, the school system's chief financial officer, has said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 9, 2010
Officials undecided on how to distribute $179 million from federal Education Jobs bill A Rockville, Md., economist's analysis of Washington County's budget -- conducted for the teachers union in the midst of renegotiations for their final contract year -- is "misleading" and contains some inaccurate information, Washington County Budget and Finance Director Debra Murray said this week. Bob Pellicoro, who wrote the report for the Washington County Teachers Association, said he stands by the report he wrote and takes issue with a county policy that dictates how much cash reserves the county should maintain.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | September 7, 2010
Washington County Public Schools officials provided an overview Tuesday of contract negotiation issues with the teachers union, including the connection between funding the union's proposal and possible layoffs. The sides have been in negotiations for about a year, said Michael Markoe, assistant superintendent for student and staff support. Negotiations relate to the last year in the Washington County Teachers Association's contract, which is the fiscal year that began July 1. The negotiations, which include salary and step increases as well as who bears what portion of health care costs, were declared at an impasse in June by State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 3, 2010
The Washington County Board of Education plans to have a public presentation on Tuesday about contract negotiations with the school system's unions. The board held a special closed meeting on the topic on Friday. Afterward, Wayne D. Ridenour, the board president, said in a telephone interview that the board plans to respond in a letter to a Sept. 1 counterproposal by the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA). The WCTA's offer includes freezing salaries and eliminating step increases.
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