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School budget goes to commissioners tonight

March 24, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

School budget goes to commissioners tonight

A Washington County schools budget that seeks about $6 million in additional money in the coming year will be presented tonight to the Washington County Commissioners.

The proposed $108 million budget for 1998-99 developed by Superintendent of Schools Herman G. Bartlett Jr. initially sought about $5.5 million in additional money from the commissioners, who fund the school system.

But last week, the Board of Education added several items to the budget, including a $295,200 instrumental music program for elementary schools and $330,000 for computer education.

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Board of Education Vice President B. Marie Byers said she expects a large number of people to come to the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Junior College to request that the commissioners fund the entire budget.

Byers said the fact that Washington County is ranked third from the bottom among the other counties in how much it costs to educate a child here is "not fair to our children."

Considering the $4 million surplus the county has this year, the commissioners should give the school system "no less" than what they have requested, said Jenny Belliotti, president of the Washington County Council of PTAs.

Doris J. Nipps, one of two board members who voted against the proposed spending plan, said she does not believe the board should add anything to Bartlett's budget. Edwin Hayes is the other board member who voted against the budget.

Nipps said one reason she believes the budget should be left alone is because some commissioners have stated that school officials will not get all the money they are looking for.

But Nipps said she is not going to make an issue of her concerns now.

"When the majority votes for it, you go on," Nipps said.

The budget sets aside $3.5 million for wage increases for teachers, administrators, and classified employees, and $1 million for 38 new teaching positions.

To help fund the items the Board of Education added to the budget last week, board members eliminated $415,159 from the budget for a wide area network for Internet service. Board members believe the money for the network can be paid from a county surplus fund instead.

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