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School board to replace carpet in meeting room

December 19, 1998|By LAURA ERNDE

Instead of a $69,000 renovation, the Washington County Board of Education's meeting room will get new carpet.

The School Board voted this week to replace the carpet in the 38-year-old central office auditorium.

Standard Acoustical of Hagerstown, which bid the low price of $18,300, was awarded the contract.

In October, Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee had recommended a total makeover for the room, including drywall and ceiling tiles.

McGee recommended enlarging the elevated podium for the School Board, which expanded from five to seven members this month.

He also wanted to add a ramp to make it accessible to people with disabilities.

McGee hired an architect and put the project out to bid. He received six bids for the work, the lowest of which was $69,426 from Geesaman-Rock of Zullinger, Pa.

But Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. removed it from the School Board agenda to seek less expensive options.

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Renovating or moving the central office is not in the School Board's capital improvements plan, he said.

McGee said replacing the carpet, which is at least 20 years old, could not be put off.

The auditorium gets used almost daily for teacher training and other school functions.

The carpet in the lobby, main hallway and executive suite also will be replaced, he said.

The condition of the central office building on Commonwealth Avenue in Hagerstown became a minor issue in the Nov. 3 election.

All 10 School Board candidates had said they opposed construction of a new central office.

Many said the priority should be fixing up schools.

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