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School Board to study move to downtown

April 18, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

The Washington County Board of Education voted 5-1 Tuesday night to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of moving its administrative offices downtown.

School board member B. Marie Byers reiterated at Tuesday night's board meeting that she wanted the board to get involved and conduct an in-house feasibility study. Byers brought up the issue at last week's board meeting.

For months, community and business leaders have been talking about moving the School Board's administrative offices from Commonwealth Avenue to downtown Hagerstown to help revitalize downtown, but no one has approached the full School Board.

The study would address several issues, including space and parking requirements, which offices would move downtown and how offices remaining at the Commonwealth Avenue headquarters would be supervised.

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School Board member Doris J. Nipps cast the sole dissenting vote.

After the meeting, Nipps said she wanted to postpone the vote to give Schools Superintendent Herman Bartlett time to consider the framework for such a study.

Nipps said Bartlett could use the time to get questions from board members and look at the school system's needs.

Byers, Paul W. Bailey, Herbert J. Hardin, Mary Wilfong and Andrew Humphreys voted for the study.

School Board member Edwin Hayes was absent.

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