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Council, School Board to meet

September 03, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

What: Joint meeting of the Hagerstown City Council and Washington County Board of Education

When: Today at 4 p.m.

Where: Washington County Board of Education offices, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown




The Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Board of Education are holding today what Mayor William M. Breichner said may be the first joint work session ever between the two bodies, so the board can update the council on school projects within the city.

The Board of Education normally meets monthly with the Washington County Commissioners, which provides it with funding, but it has not met before with the Hagerstown City Council, Board President Edward Forrest said Monday.

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A meeting with the council makes good sense because some of the board's projects, plans and initiatives involve schools in the city, Board of Education member Roxanne Ober said Monday. By directly telling city officials of its plans, the board will make it easier for council members to pass that information directly on to their constituents, she said.

Board Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan commended the board for reaching out to other governments.

There is no one event or program that prompted the meeting, Morgan said. Instead it is more of an opportunity for the two bodies to get acquainted and exchange information, she said.

The meeting is at 4 p.m. at the Board of Education offices.

During the meeting, the two bodies will talk about whether they want to meet regularly, Forrest said.

The meeting is scheduled to include a report on a planned $12.2 million renovation and expansion at Salem Avenue Elementary School in Hagerstown. Construction is still a year away, but when the project is complete it will make Salem Avenue the largest elementary school in the county.

There will also be a report on Washington County Public Schools' first magnet school program, the Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence.

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