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Board of Education Briefs

(Sept. 19, 2014) The Worcester County Board of Education discussed the following at its Tuesday meeting:


Mobile app

Worcester County Public Schools launched its new app for iPhones, iPads, Androids and other mobile devices Tuesday, following the debut of its revamped website in May.

“We’ve got to continue to stay connected with our parents and I’m really excited about this app because I think it’s going to do that,” said Barbara Witherow, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs for the schools.

The app pulls information such as countywide school events, athletic schedules, staff directories, lunch menus, notifications such as fog delays and other school news directly from the website, www.worcesterk12.com. Users can also pay for school meals through the app.

Schools are spreading the word about the new app to parents and staff through an automated call, a news column and a flyer to be sent home to parents, Witherow said.

Download the free app by searching “Worcester County PS” on a mobile device’s app store or find it through the school website.


Capital Improvement

Each October, Worcester schools must submit a six-year Capital Improvement Program to the State of Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction to help the group identify school construction needs and establish a schedule for funding and implementation of projects.

The FY2016 program includes a planning request for a new school to replace Showell Elementary, a space-tight structure from 1976 that has outgrown its student body.

According to a report by winning bidder Becker Morgan Group in May, the project will cost approximately $47,565,863.

“It’s long past due,” Board Member Robert Hulburd said at the Board of Education’s meeting in May.

The CIP also includes a request for the balance of state funding for the Snow Hill High School renovation and addition project currently in progress.

The board approved the FY2016 CIP at its Tuesday meeting.


Snow Hill High School

Construction continues at Snow Hill High School, where Oak Contracting workers have completed masonry on the new commons, kitchen, cafeteria, band and choir rooms; roofed the band and choir room; and primed the new kitchen and cafeteria.

They are working on the new bus loop, sidewalks, brick veneer in the band and choir rooms, and ductwork in the kitchen and cafeteria; painting the new gym, band and choir rooms; and adding stone ballast to finished roofs.

Over the next 30 days, the crew will pave the new student parking lot; add color coating to the new tennis court; construct foundations for the stadium bleachers; add roofing to the new gym; work on ductwork in the gym, band and choir rooms; and begin gridding in ceilings in the locker rooms and kitchen.

The Board of Education approved construction requisition No. 8 for $1.8 million to be paid toward the $40 million project during its meeting Tuesday.

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