Washington County Public Schools, Maryland

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Washington County is a school district in Maryland.

Budget

The Washington County Public School District's budget is published on its website.[1]

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
Averages: $144,531,871 58% $0 0% $97,764,847.5 39% $0 0% $7,524,515.5 3% $249,821,234

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Maryland school district websites

This website was most recently reviewed Sept. 5, 2012.

The good

  • Detailed information on Washington County's academic performance is available.[2]
  • Board of Education contact information, meeting schedule, minutes and agendas are available.[3]
  • Administrative contact information is available.[4]
    • Contact information is posted under individual departments.
  • Current budget and most recent audit are available.[5]
    • Information posted at bottom of page under banner "Downloadable Resouces"
  • Teacher contract agreements are available.[6]
  • Vendor bidding information and contract forms are available.[7]

The bad

  • Information regarding background checks not provided
  • Although there is an Office of Public Information [8], information on how to file a public records request is not posted.

Board of education

The Elected Board of Education is made up of seven elected members who serve four-year terms. The Board of Education of Washington County has a Student Representative to the Board who is elected by the membership of the Association of Student Councils for a one-year term.[9]

The Board:[9]

  • Establishes a vision for the community’s schools and participate in strategic planning.
  • Develops effective policies and review them periodically.
  • Provides accountability to the community on student achievement.
  • Advocates for the needs of all students at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Attends several meetings per month (20+hours per week).
  • Hires Superintendent and negotiate contract.
  • Evaluates the Superintendent annually.
  • Conducts student and employee appeals.
  • Approves or reject program proposals.
  • Develops, approve, and manage budget.
  • Adopts school calendar.

Teacher contracts

A 2008-2011 agreement exists between the Board of Education of Washington county ad the Washington County Teacher's Association. Terms include, management rights, working conditions, salaries and fringe benefits.[10]

School budget

Academic performance

Maryland measures academic progress each year by administering the Maryland School Assessment, the Alternate Maryland School Assessment (for students with disabilities), and the Maryland High School Assessments.[11]

HSA performance

The chart below details the percentage passing the following subjects:[12]

Grade Overall Algebra Biology English Government
Grade 12  %  %  %  %  %
Grade 11  %  %  %  %  %
Grade 10  %  %  %  %  %

MSA performance

The chart below details the percentage passing the following subjects:[12]

Grade Math Reading Science
Grade 8  %  %  %
Grade 7  %  % -
Grade 6  %  % -
Grade 5  %  %  %
Grade 4  %  % -
Grade 3  %  % -

Unions

The Washington County Teachers Association is the main negotiator for the teachers of Washington County. WCTA is an affiliate of the Maryland State Education Association and National Education Association.[13]

School choice

The Washington County Public School system offers a number of magnet and speciality schools in the district.[14]

The magnet program model features classes for academically gifted students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5, as well as enrichment activities that benefit all children at the school. Programs are available at 3 WCPS middle schools too: Boonsboro Magnet Middle School for World Languages and Global Communication, E. Russell Hicks Magnet Middle School for Media, Technology, Humanities & Communications and Springfield Magnet Middle School for Math, Science and Technology.[14]

The selection process includes student interview, group simulation, parent questionnaire and a review of academic achievement and standardized test scores.[14]

Magnet schools:

Specialty Schools:

External links

References