Technology projects will clean out 'stabilization fund'

May 21, 1997


Staff Writer

The Washington County Board of Education will need its entire $1.3 million "stabilization fund" to pay off the $1 million Wide Area Network and complete technology projects that have to occur in the next budget year, school officials said Tuesday.

The Washington County Commissioners granted the school board's request to keep the surplus money - which came from the board's self-insurance fund and federal impact aid - as long as it's earmarked for technology purchases.

The school board had asked for but was denied just over $2.1 million in additional technology funding from the county on top of the $1,316,000 windfall.


The dramatically smaller technology budget forced school officials to cut a number of planned projects, including upgrading the outdated business labs at all the high schools, said John Davidson, supervisor of instructional technology.

Must-do projects for the coming year include technology upgrades as part of the renovation projects at Smithsburg and Lincolnshire elementary schools, supplemental funding to upgrade three middle schools that have received state technology grants and supplemental funding for the new Boonsboro High School science lab, Davidson said.

Davidson recommended the school board pay off its new Wide Area Network at a cost of $745,766.

The expandable network, which has allowed all county schools rapid access to the Internet, was financed over three years, school officials said.

The school board will vote on the new technology budget at its business meeting May 27.

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