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School Board OKs Facilities Master Plan

June 05, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

The plan to close Maugansville and Conococheague elementary schools and build a new Maugansville school took another step forward Tuesday.

Washington County Board of Education members unanimously approved the Educational Facilities Master Plan during their Tuesday night meeting.

The master plan is a 10-year plan for improvements to county schools, which the School Board sends to the state for approval, School Board President Edward Forrest said.

The Master Plan calls for spending about $11.1 million on a new Maugansville school.

"This is the first real planning step" in the process, Forrest said.

He said state law will require the board to hold public hearings on the plan to build a new Maugansville Elementary School on another site in the area and send some of the Conococheague students to the new school. The remaining Conococheague students may go to Clear Spring or Williamsport elementary schools.

Dennis McGee, director of facilities management, has said the school system would save $3 million by building a new Maugansville school and closing Conococheague instead of renovating both schools. The school system also would save about $400,000 a year in staffing costs, he said.

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Students would remain at their current schools until the new Maugansville school opens in 2006.

Some in the Conococheague community have long opposed plans to shut down the school.

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