Maryland district to spend $60,000 on bullying prevention


By DAN DEARTH
The Herald-Mail
HAGERSTOWN — Washington County Public Schools will spend a little more than $60,000 on materials to teach faculty how to recognize and deal with bullying.

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to spend the money on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which school officials say is supported by more than 35 years of research and has been used successfully worldwide.

In addition to the $60,033 base cost, the school system will spend $17,500 per year to maintain the program.

Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael said after the board meeting that the program will be phased in over the next few years.

State law mandates that public school systems have anti-bullying campaigns, he said. The state, however, does not supply the funding.

The school system will pay for the program using money from the Instructional Materials Budget, said Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for secondary education.

John Davidson, director of student services, told board members that the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most distinguished program of its kind available. Full story.

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