School board wants an early million

August 20, 1997


Staff Writer

The Washington County Board of Education asked the County Commissioners Tuesday to pay $1 million of its share of the cost of upgrading South Hagerstown High School earlier than scheduled.

School officials are asking the county to pay the $1 million over the next two years.

Dennis McGee, director of facilities management for the schools, said the county's total contribution to the project would not change.

The first phase of the $13.2 million project should cost $8.4 million, he said. About $7.4 million in state funding has been approved, he said.

McGee said moving up receipt of the county money would enable the construction to be completed without installing costly temporary classrooms at the school.


The board also asked the county for approval to use $184,500 saved when senior teachers retired and were replaced by younger teachers who made less money.

The board wanted to use $10,000 of the money to search for a new superintendent, $15,000 for legal fees, $15,000 to increase the superintendent's salary, $1,500 for instructional materials for the Outdoor School and $143,000 for special education outplacements.

But Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers said the board needed to spend more money on textbooks and other supplies. Shank, whose grandson was temporarily without a textbook last year, agreed. Shank said a year doesn't go by without parents calling him complaining that their children don't have textbooks. He said not have textbooks is inexcusable.

On a motion by Bowers, the commissioners ordered the board to spend $50,000 of the credit on textbooks and other supplies.

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