$4 million trimmed from school budget

February 19, 1997


Staff Writer

CLEAR SPRING - A new school improvement grant program for elementary schools didn't make the cut Tuesday night, when the Washington County Board of Education trimmed a little over $4 million from Schools Superintendent Wayne F. Gersen's proposed $106 million budget.

The program, designed to give schools funding for initiatives designed to improve students' math and language arts skills, had been budgeted at $1.3 million.

It was one of several proposed programs and staff positions cut from the budget.

Cuts in those areas included:

  • $140,000 earmarked to expand the Alternative School program to include high school students.
  • $120,000 for a proposed school/family liaison program.
  • $45,000 in salaries for athletic/activity coordinators.
  • $35,000 to fund a pupil personnel/social worker position.

The school board added only $35,000, to fund a new grant writer position.


This year's operating budget was just over $96.4 million.

A public hearing on the school board's proposed budget will be held at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Western Heights Middle School auditorium.

The board will adopt a final version of its proposed budget during the regular business meeting March 11 in the central office auditorium.

The school board will present the budget to the Washington County Board of Commissioners at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Kepler Auditorium at Hagerstown Junior College.

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