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Candidate Phillips: Schools should undergo audit

August 12, 2002

Editor's Note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Tomorrow: Gregory I. Snook

Harold ?Hal? Phillips
61
Republican
Vice President of Marketing for Homes by Keystone
13008 Blairs Valley Road, Clear Spring

1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

Yes. I think the School Board is not run economically or efficiently. A performance audit should be conducted. Ten to 15 percent of the budget could be redirected over time.

Money is being wasted on maintenance and upkeep of 44 functionally obsolete schools. Schools need to be consolidated. We should have 35 public schools total in 10 years. The money saved use to increase teachers' salaries.

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2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

I don't have a comment at this time. Its a very important public service so I would lean to more public money to that service, but it would be something I want to study closely.

3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

No. It's a private-sector enterprise. ... I think there's alternative ways to do it.

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where would the money come from?

I'm taking that under advisement. It is a very, very important issue. More public money may or may not be needed. It's a primary function of government.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

The creation of a world-class public school system, because unless we can build a mastery of math and science and technology, we will never be able to raise the standard of living.

In the restructuring of the Washington County Public School system (we should) begin to make the transition over the years so students graduate prepared for college with a mastery of math, science and reading.

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