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Committee formed to study school consolidation

June 14, 2000

The Washington County Commissioners and the Board of Education have formed a committee to study school consolidation.

Committee members include Commissioners William Wivell and John Schnebly, elected board members Mary Wilfong and J. Herbert Hardin and school administrators Dennis McGee and William McKinley.

The group will devise timelines and objectives at its first meeting on Friday, June 30, at 9 a.m. at the School Board's Conference Room on Commonweatlh Avenue.

The committee is to review and analyze the current sizing standards and determine costs for possible restructuring.

In May, the commissioners and School Board members said they're studying consolidation to find out whether larger schools could save money. The also said larger schools could increase curriculum possibilities because some schools now don't have enough students interested in a particular subject to offer that course.

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"I don't see in the next five years the money to build," Commissioner Bert Iseminger said. "You got one heck of a job in front of you. Hats off to you and good luck."

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