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Campus timetable - classes in 2002

May 18, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Classes could begin at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown campus in September 2002 under a plan and timetable presented to the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.

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The schedule is an aggressive one, Commissioner Bert L. Iseminger told Mark Beck, director of capital planning for the University System of Maryland, who provided the timetable.

"It's a doable schedule. I think it's essential to have a (starting) date," said Harley Cloud, director of the Shady Grove Center, a system campus that is the model for the Washington County campus.

Under Beck's recommended timetable, building construction would begin in January 2001 and be completed in July 2002.

In order to keep to that timetable, the county must get about $10 million from the state in fiscal 2001 to pay for construction and $1.2 million in fiscal 2002 for equipment. The fiscal year begins July 1.

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The Maryland General Assembly this year gave the county $150,000 in planning money for the campus.

Beck said an additional $800,000 is needed to hire a company to design the project, a contract that he thinks should be awarded in July.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said he will present the timetable to members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and follow up on a request for help in raising funds.

The project will be formally presented to the System Board of Regents Finance Committee in June and to the entire Board of Regents in July, Beck said. The system will handle management and project bids, he said.

The current proposal for the one-building campus calls for 18 classrooms, administration offices and other facilities.

Students attending the system campus will be able to earn four-year degrees from System colleges offering classes at the facility.

The county's fiscal 2000 capital improvement program includes $500,000 for the college.

Wayne E. Alter Jr., founder of Dynamark Security Centers Inc., has pledged $100,000 to the campus and challenged other businesses to give money.

The campus is to be built on a 20-acre parcel of land donated by Allegheny Power off Interstate 70 on Downsville Pike. The land is part of the 260-acre Friendship Technology Park, about five miles southwest of downtown Hagerstown.

The System can choose at a later time to buy an additional 20 acres at the site, an option Beck said the county will want to examine.

The campus does not yet have an official name.

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