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Washington County Public Schools
Hagerstown, Maryland
Washington County Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Clayton Wilcox
Graduation rate:91.5 percent[2]
Number of schools:46
Budget: $259.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Justin Hartings
Board members:7
Term length:4
Washington County Public Schools is a school district in Maryland that served 22,403 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rate improved from 89.8 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 91.5 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Washington County Public Schools is located in Washington County, Maryland
Washington County Public Schools is based in Hagerstown, the county seat of Washington County, Maryland. Washington County is home to 149,588 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Washington County Public Schools is the 11th-largest school district in Maryland.


Washington County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.7 percent of Washington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Washington County was $54,561 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Washington County was 11.9 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Washington County (%) Maryland (%)
White 85.2 60.8
Black or African American 10.4 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 1.6 6.0
Two or More Races 2.5 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 38,742
Democratic 31,555
Unaffiliated 17,552
Libertarian 395
Other 330
Green 230
Total 88,804

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Washington County Public Schools is Clayton Wilcox, as of June 18, 2014. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2011. Wilcox previously worked as an executive with Scholastic, Inc. and the superintendent of Pinellas County Schools in Florida.[7]

School board

The Washington County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents the entire county from an at-large seat.

Washington County Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Paul Bailey 2014
Donna Brightman 2016
Jacqueline Fischer 2014
Karen J. Harshman 2014
Justin Hartings 2016
Wayne Ridenour 2016
Melissa A. Williams 2016

School board elections

See also: Washington County Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election on November 4, 2014. Four seats will be on the ballot in November 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last revised in 2012:

The Board of Education supports and encourages public comment at regular Board of Education business meetings, town meetings, and public hearings.

In all such venues, speakers are to introduce themselves, identify whether they are speaking as individuals or on behalf of an organization, and provide a written copy of their comments for future consideration by Board of Education members. For each type of meeting, speakers will each be given a limited time to speak.

Procedures--Business Meetings

At each public business meeting of the Board of Education, an opportunity will be provided for individuals to speak to matters relating to the operations of Washington County Public Schools. This opportunity, under the agenda title of "Public Comment," will follow the Approval of Minutes.

  • Each person wishing to address the Board of Education must sign up prior to the meeting and may address any topic concerning Washington County Public Schools, except personnel or student matters which clearly identify an individual or individuals. Each speaker is limited to three (3) minutes if speaking for himself or herself and five (5) minutes if representing a group or organization. The Chairperson reserves the right to limit the number of speakers on any particular topic provided the issue in question has been presented fairly and further comments would simply be repetitious. Following a speaker's presentation, the Superintendent may designate a staff member to address that individual's concern, or may ask the speaker to contact a particular department or a particular staff member at an appropriate time.
  • During the agenda item entitled Board Member Response to Public Comment, which immediately follows Public Comment, Board of Education members may elect to offer their own comments concerning topics presented by the public. Each Board member will be given three (3) minutes to speak and may not transfer his or her time to another Board member. A member who chooses to address a speaker's comments, will refrain from initiating a dialogue. Any Board member may indicate his or her intention to follow up with a speaker at a later time as an individual Board member but not as a representative of the entire Board.

Procedures--Town Meetings

A town meeting is a two-hour public meeting in which information on a specified topic is presented and where dialogue may occur with the Board of Education. The meeting will end prior to the two-hour time limit if all individuals present have had the opportunity to speak. Those wishing to speak should register beginning thirty (30) minutes prior to the meeting. In the interest of providing opportunities for as many persons to speak as possible, each speaker will be limited to five (5) minutes. The Board of Education may reduce or increase the five (5) minute time period depending upon the number of persons who wish to speak.

Procedures--Public Hearings

Recognizing that certain contemplated actions of the Board of Education have significant public impact or are of widespread public concern, the Board of Education may from time to time designate certain dates and locations for the purpose of public hearings on such announced topics.

  • Persons desiring to speak at such public hearings should register through the Superintendent's office prior to the date of the meeting or register at the location of the meeting up to one-half hour in advance of the commencement of the hearing. Persons speaking as individuals will be allotted three (3) minutes; those representing an organization will be allotted five (5) minutes. No presenter may waive all or a portion of his or her allotted time to permit someone who has not properly registered to speak.
  • Public hearings shall be for a period of up to 2 1/2 hours. The hearing will end prior to the 2 1/2 hours’ time limit if all individuals present have had the opportunity to speak. After 2 1/2 hours of testimony, the Superintendent will announce that the hearing will be continued at a later date, clearly stating the date, time, and location of the continued hearing. Speakers still wishing to address the Board of Education, will be permitted to make their presentations in the order in which they signed up for the original hearing. It shall be noted that each request is logged by date and time, and the order of speakers shall follow that sequence. Speakers are encouraged to provide a minimum of nine (9) copies of their testimony to the Board of Education.
  • A public hearing is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to share their ideas, reactions, and support concerning the announced topic. Board of Education members and/or the Superintendent will only be recognized by the presiding officer to correct misinformation, to add context information that the speaker may not have provided, or to ask for clarification. Following a speaker's presentation, the Superintendent may designate a staff member to address that individual's concern, or may ask the speaker to contact a particular department or a particular staff member at an appropriate time.


—Washington County Public Schools website, (2014) [9]


The table below displays the budget for Washington County Public School District:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $143,308,999 58.4% $0 0% $95,734,719 39% $0 0% $6,149,782 2.5% $245,193,500
2013-2014 $145,754,743 57.3% $0 0% $99,794,976 39.2% $0 0% $8,899,249 3.5% $254,448,968
2014-2015 $149,633,755 57.7% $0 0% $102,077,535 39.4% $0 0% $7,616,941 2.9% $259,328,230
Averages: $146,232,499 58% $0 0% $99,202,410 39% $0 0% $7,555,324 3% $252,990,232.67

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Washington County Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Provisional certificate 35,725 44,682
B.A. 43,662 57,989
MA 45,130 75,709
MA + 30 46,612 77,444
MA + 60 46,982 77,815
Ph.D. 47,225 78,057


Teachers in Washington County Public Schools are represented during negotiations by the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA). The president of the WCTA is Denise Fry as of June 18, 2014.[12]

Schools in Washington County Public Schools


The district served 22,403 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 3.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 21,734 -
2010 21,902 0.8
2011 22,206 1.4
2012 22,240 0.2
2013 22,403 0.7

District schools

Washington County Public Schools operates 46 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Washington County Public Schools
Antietam Academy
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts
Bester Elementary School
Boonsboro Elementary Magnet School for Global Awareness & World Languages
Boonsboro High School
Boonsboro Middle School
Cascade Elementary School
Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview
Clear Spring Elementary School
Clear Spring High School
Clear Spring Middle School
Conococheague Elementary School
E. Russell Hicks Middle School
Eastern Elementary School
Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology
Fountain Rock Elementary School
Fountaindale Elementary School
Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education
Greenbrier Elementary School
Hancock Elementary School
Hancock High School
Hickory Elementary School
Lincolnshire Elementary School
Marshall Street School
Maugansville Elementary School
North Hagerstown High School
Northern Middle School
Old Forge Elementary School
Pangborn Elementary School
Paramount Elementary School
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Potomac Heights Elementary School
Rockland Woods Elementary School
Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School
Salem Avenue Elementary School
Sharpsburg Elementary School
Smithsburg Elementary School
Smithsburg High School
Smithsburg Middle School
South Hagerstown High School
Springfield Middle School
Washington County Technical High School
Western Heights Middle School
Williamsport Elementary School
Williamsport High School
Winter Street Elementary School

Academic performance

The Maryland State Department of Education conducts the Maryland Standard Assessment (MSA) each spring for students in grades three through eight. This test determines proficiency levels in reading and math. The MSA also assesses proficiency in science among students in grades five and eight. Proficiency levels in algebra, biology and English at the high-school level are determined by the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA). Student performance is broken down into three categories: basic proficiency, proficiency and advanced proficiency. The following tables display the MSA and MHSA results for district students during the 2012-2013 school year:[14]

MSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
3 Math 18.5 53.3 28.2
3 Reading 23.4 61.4 15.2
4 Math 11.6 45.1 43.2
4 Reading 14.9 62.1 23.0
5 Math 18.5 59.9 21.7
5 Reading 13.8 32.4 53.9
5 Science 30.0 59.6 10.3
6 Math 14.5 50.3 35.1
6 Reading 14.7 43.3 42.0
7 Math 18.2 52.1 29.8
7 Reading 11.7 39.0 49.3
8 Math 21.8 40.3 38.0
8 Reading 14.2 37.3 48.5
8 Science 23.3 72.1 4.6

MHSA Scores, 2012-2013[14]
Grade Subject Basic proficiency (%) Proficiency (%) Advanced proficiency (%)
High school Algebra 7.2 60.2 32.6
High school Biology 11.3 68.9 19.9
High school English 10.7 61.6 27.7

Contact information

Washington County Public Schools logo.jpg
Washington County Public Schools
820 Commonwealth Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 766-2800

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Enrollment," accessed June 16, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: 4-Year Adjusted Cohort," accessed June 18, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Washington County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
  4. Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Washington County Public Schools, "About Our Superintendent," accessed June 18, 2014
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Washington County Public Schools, "Opportunity for Public Comment at Board Business Meetings, Town Meetings, and Public Hearings and the Procedures Governing such Proceedings," October 2, 2012
  10. Washington County Public Schools, "Budget & Finance," accessed December 11, 2014
  11. Washington County Public Schools, "Negotiated FY2014 - 20 Step Teacher Salary Scale," July 17, 2013
  12. Washington County Public Schools, "Home," accessed June 18, 2014
  13. Washington County Public Schools, "All WCPS Schools," accessed June 18, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Maryland State Department of Education, "2013 Maryland Report Card: Washington County," accessed June 18, 2014