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County CIP dedicates $4.5 million for schools

October 10, 2000

County CIP dedicates $4.5 million for schools



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The Washington County Commissioners Tuesday approved a capital improvement program for fiscal years 2002-2006 that calls for $4.5 million annually for School Board projects.

The School Board previously asked for $6.2 million in capital improvement funds for fiscal 2002 but received $4.5 million.

While that amount is $1.7 million less than was previously requested it will not delay any projects.

The School Board has known for several months that it would not get $6.2 million and has planned accordingly, said Dennis McGee, the board's director of facilities management.

However, if the School Board had received $6.2 million it could have accelerated construction of Salem Avenue Elementary School, which is presently scheduled to start construction in August 2003, he said.

Fiscal year 2002 begins in July 2001.

The budget has enough money to finish renovations at South Hagerstown High School and do some renovations at Williamsport Elementary School, McGee said.

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The commissioners approved the program unanimously.

They can change the amount in the program annually, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said.

The Board of Education held a separate public hearing on the capital improvement plan Tuesday evening, but no one attended the meeting other than school officials.

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