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Committee to advise on education center

March 17, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

An advisory committee for a University System of Maryland education center planned for downtown Hagerstown will be formed in the next 90 days, County Commissioners President Greg Snook said Wednesday.

The County Commissioners and Hagerstown City Council are scheduled to discuss the committee at a joint meeting Tuesday afternoon, Snook said.

Snook said he does not expect any appointments to be made at that meeting.

The council and commissioners will appoint business, education and community leaders to the committee, which will have about nine to 11 members, he said.

Snook said the committee will be similar to that of the Frostburg Center, in that the group will make suggestions but will not have the authority to make major decisions.

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For example, the committee will not make decisions about whether to tear down the Baldwin House complex or to use some of the existing structure for the center, he said.

Instead, it will make recommendations on what courses should be offered at the center, he said.

The exact role and nature of the committee probably will be clarified during Tuesday's meeting, which will be attended by Chuck Middleton, vice chancellor for academic affairs, Education Center Project Director Robert Sweeney said.

Middleton will give an update on an environmental and structural analyses of the buildings. The report and findings will not be ready until April, Sweeney said.

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