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Sharpsburg attendance zone review

Before a new Sharpsburg Elementary School opens, a Washington County Board of Education advisory committee will look into enrollment trends for the school’s attendance zone and surrounding areas.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a new charge for its Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee, which also will consider longterm relief options for Boonsboro Elementary School and other adjacent schools as needed.

“We’ll continue to monitor enrollment changes over the next 12 months,” Chief Operating Officer Jeff Proulx told the board.

Proulx said the committee would make final recommendations by April 2019, about a year before the new school is expected to open.

Homework policy update

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 7-0 to approve a first-reading of minor changes to the district’s homework policy.

Updates were needed to update the format for the policy, which consisted of minor wording changes. The policy was last revised in 2006.

Board member Wayne Ridenour asked if the time element of homework was considered, but board member Jacqueline Fischer said it was not.

“We didn’t want to put a specific time limit in the policy” considering the wide variety of courses and requirements across the district, said Fischer, chairwoman of the BOE’s policy committee.

Robotics team recognized

The South Hagerstown High School robotics team, which is sending a group to a world championship this month, was recognized Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

The school’s team of Arturo Bonilla, Brett Custer, Samantha Brammer and Catherine Ehmer will compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships, slated for April 25 to 28 in Louisville, Ky.

Don Custer, a South High physics teacher, club adviser and father of Brett, said the trio — with the help of the rest of the Rebel Robotics team — has already redesigned its robot for competitions twice in anticipation of the big stage.

The team of Bonilla, Custer, Brammer and Ehmer qualified for the world championship by way of a state competition, where the group scored the highest skills competition mark in Maryland.

Purchases approved

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the following purchases:

• Natural gas supply — Vendor to be determined, approximately $450,000 per year; from general fund

• Clear Spring Elementary roof replacement — Allstate Contractor Inc., $825,900; from general and capital funds

• Elevator maintenance services — Elevator Solutions LLC, approximately $57,960; from general fund

• Replacement of planetarium HVAC roof-top unit — Daikin Applied, $51,000; from general fund

• Grounds maintenance equipment — Turf Equipment & Supply Company Inc., $57,038 (two precision cut rotary mowers); from general fund

• Repair of outdoor spectator seating at four high schools — TJ Distributors Inc., $232,130; from general fund

• Replacement conference room HVAC system at 820 Commonwealth Ave — Daikin Applied, $88,300; from general fund

• Rebuild chiller and controller at North Hagerstown High — Boland, $73,295; from general fund

• Installation, testing, inspection, maintenance, repair of fire-protection systems — Johnson Controls Fire Protection LP, approximately $375,000 FY18/approximately $300,000 FY19; from general fund



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