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2017 Carson Scholars from Washington County Public Schools

HAGERSTOWN, MD (March 15, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, 13 students from Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) are being recognized in the National Carson Scholars program. For 2017, three students are honored for the first time and the remaining ten students are being recognized for maintaining their Carson Scholar status through excellent performance in the classroom and commitment to their communities. The national program annually recognizes students from grades four through 11 for outstanding academic achievement and humanitarian qualities.

Clear Spring High School Senior Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 27, 2017) – Bethany Doppel of Clear Spring High School has been honored for exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. Nominated for the award by her school, Bethany has volunteered at STAR Equestrian Center, accumulating over 1,700 hours of service. Her volunteer experiences have developed her interest in pursuing a career in Equine Facilitated Therapeutics.

Public Hearing on Draft Budget on February 28

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 24, 2017) – Citizens will have the opportunity to comment on the Fiscal Year 2018 Draft General Fund Budget at a public hearing on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. The draft of the spending plan was approved by the Washington County Board of Education (BOE) at its February 21 business meeting. The hearing will be held at the Center for Education Services (CES), 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown.

Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School Hosting Maple Sugar Festival on March 4

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 22, 2017) – The annual Maple Sugar Festival at Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day’s events include a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Clear Spring FFA/FFA Alumni from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Fairview dining hall. Breakfast tickets can be obtained by calling 301-766-8138.

21st Annual Academic Team Championship

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 10, 2017) – Teams of high school students will compete in the 21st Annual Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Academic Team Championship on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Boonsboro High School. The competition begins with an uncontested round of questions for each team, followed by round robin, head-to-head competition in which each team faces every other team. The event ends with a championship round comprised of the four teams that earned the highest cumulative scores from the first two rounds.

Dr. Boyd Michael Chosen as Superintendent

Hagerstown, MD (February 7, 2017) - The Washington County Board of Education (BOE) today unanimously approved Dr. Boyd Michael as the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Interim Superintendent effective March 14, 2017 through June 30, 2017, filling a vacancy that will be created by the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox. Immediately following that action, the BOE announced its intent to officially appoint Dr. Michael as Superintendent of WCPS effective July 1, 2017, pending approval by the Maryland State Superintendent and the negotiation of a contract.

SkillsUSA Students Do Well at Regional Championships

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 7, 2017) – Students from Washington County Technical High School performed well at the Western Region SkillsUSA Championships in Frederick on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Of 53 Tech High students who competed, 20 earned medals at the competition and eligibility to compete at the Maryland State SkillsUSA Championships in April. They will be joined by a number of Tech High students who already qualified for the state competition because no other schools had students in several specific technical skill areas.

February Clothing Drive for Children In Need

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 1, 2017) – The 10th annual clothing drive to benefit Children In Need continues in  Washington County Public Schools from February 6 – 17, 2017. Students, parents, staff and the community are encouraged to donate gently used clothing that Children In Need distributes to children eligible for the Free and Reduced Meals program. Toiletries, books and school supplies are also accepted. The schools and programs participating in the February 2017 collection are:

Special Permission Application Period Open through May 1 for 2017-2018

Hagerstown, MD (February 1, 2017) - Special Permission applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted by Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) through May 1, 2017. Under Board of Education Regulation JC-R, a student may be approved to attend a school outside his or her attendance area if the request meets specific criteria and there is available student capacity at the requested school.