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County schools get $5 million for construction

May 10, 2000

Washington County will receive $4.9 million for fiscal year 2001 to fund eight school projects, the Maryland Board of Public Works decided Wednesday.

The money is a portion of $97 million in supplemental school construction funds to be distributed across the state, bringing the total for fiscal year 2001 to $300.7 million.

In addition to Washington County, the Western Maryland counties of Frederick, Garrett and Allegany will receive money for building, modernizing and renovating public schools.

In Washington County:

-- South Hagerstown High School will receive $4.1million toward Phase Two of a major renovation project, which includes work on the auditorium, the gym and band areas. A new kitchen will be added. Outer buildings will be razed and new science classrooms built.

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-- Eastern Elementary will receive $84,000; Boonsboro Elementary, $86,000 ; Fountaindale Elementary, $84,000; Pangborn Elementary, $80,000 and Winter Street Elementary, $52,000, all for network wiring projects throughout each school. Those projects will provide for Internet use in classrooms.

-- Springfield Middle School will receive $211,000 for a replacement chiller tower.

-- Williamsport Elementary was approved planning for a project next year that includes a 9,000-square-foot addition to the school and other renovations.

The state is investing more than $1.6 billion over an 8-year period to build, renovate and modernize 13,500 Maryland classrooms. The Glendening Administration will have invested nearly $1.2 billion for school construction since 1995.

Gov. Parris Glendening said more than half of the $300 million investment, or $175 million, will be financed with surplus cash rather than bonds, saving $70 million in interest payments.

-Tara Reilly

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