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School board briefs

June 03, 1998

Schools predict budget surplus




Preliminary estimates are that the Washington County Board of Education will have a surplus of $1.5 million at the end of this budget year.

The surplus can be used for students, school officials told board members Tuesday.

The board approved a plan that will carry $535,000 of that money over to balance the fiscal 1999 budget. The plan also will use:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $500,000 to buy textbooks needed this fall.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $72,600 for library books and supplies.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $56,000 to renovate a business lab at South Hagerstown High School.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $175,000 to refurbish the planetarium projector.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> $45,000 for a human resources reclassification study.

Final surplus figures will be ready after June 30, officials said.

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Extra fees OK'd for South High project




The Washington County Board of Education voted to pay an extra $45,000 in architect fees for the South Hagerstown High School renovation project.

Dennis McGee, director of facilities management for the school board, said the scope of the South High project has changed.

"We are now constructing 20,000 square feet of new building space, as opposed to the 9,200 in the original plan," he said.

That has resulted in more work for the architect and engineers working on the project, he said. The original contract was for $328,000, he said.

McGee said some work has been moved up from the second phase of the project to cut costs.

The request to increase the architect fee must go to the state Board of Education for approval.

Changes to be made in outdoor education




The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to changes in the way the Fairview Outdoor Education Center at Clear Spring is run.

The board voted to appoint a full-time principal to run the center, change the fifth-grade program from five days at the center to three days and two nights there, and use parent volunteers instead of high school student counselors to monitor students at the outdoor school.

The board voted after hearing from a task force appointed to look into how the school can best be used.

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