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Commissioners agree to borrow funds from renovation budget

March 10, 1999

The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to borrow money from South Hagerstown High School's renovation budget to pay for second-phase design work.

The $15-million renovation project is broken into two separately funded phases.

Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee asked the commissioners to "swap" money between the phases.

On March 3, the Washington County Board of Education approved a $262,000 design contract for the second phase.

The state's Interagency Committee on School Construction Funding has requested the design drawings early, McGee said.

Second phase funds are not available until July 1.

In order to meet the state's request, McGee asked the commissioners to temporarily borrow $200,000 from $5 million set aside for the first phase, which is expected to be complete in July 2000.

The "swap" will not disrupt the renovation. The funds will be paid back in July, McGee said.

The commissioners voted to amend the Capital Improvement Program.

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-Bruce Hamilton

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