- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Washington County Board of Education says it has adopted three new policies regarding the school system’s child-abuse reporting methods, superintendent evaluations and diversity initiatives.

The Herald-Mail (https://bit.ly/1MpGlAZ ) reports the board of education unanimously adopted the policies Tuesday. School system officials say under the new policies, all employees of the school system - including administrative staff, bus drivers and custodians- will be required to report any incidents of suspected abuse or neglect as soon as possible, but without compromising the safety of a student.

In addition, officials say the superintendent’s annual performance evaluation will now be a mutually agreeable process between the superintendent and the board. Lastly, the board says it adopted a diversity policy which was proposed on Sept. 1. It welcomes diversity amongst members of the school community.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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