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Board of Education (Jan. 25, 2019) The Worcester County School Board discussed the following items during a public meeting last Tuesday:

Fire response

Worcester County Public Schools Chief Safety Officer Stephen Price congratulated the response of parents, teachers and first responders during a fire that occurred at Ocean City Elementary School in West Ocean City on Dec. 19.

“I want to share with the board and the people in attendance here the outstanding job done by the students and staff at Ocean City Elementary School under very trying circumstances,” Price said. “There was no panic [and] everything was handled in a professional manner … it was very obvious the staff and administration take student safety very seriously.”

Multiple fire departments from Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin responded to a roof fire at the school. The cause of the fire has been under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal. All students and staff were safely evacuated and dismissed.

Damages were contained mostly to the roof, although a whole pod – four classrooms – were closed off for further repairs. The school reopened the next day.

Showell update

Project Manager Bill Moschler of Oak Contracting, LLC provided the third construction update for Showell Elementary School in Showell.

According to Moschler, reinforced steel was being laid down for the foundation. Within the next 30 days, concrete and foundation as well as rough plumbing and electrical work will be installed or planned out.

The school is expected to open by Fall 2020.

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