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Board mulls closing of school

The Washington COunty Board of Education's plan to Conococheague Elementary School would come no earlier than 2006.

The Washington COunty Board of Education's plan to Conococheague Elementary School would come no earlier than 2006.

November 08, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Board of Education took its plan to close Conococheague Elementary School one step further Thursday, approving hiring an architect to conduct a feasibility study and discussing steps that need to be taken before the closure is formally approved.

The School Board will look over staff presentations made Thursday and is expected to make a decision at its Nov. 17 meeting.

The School Board's plan to close Conococheague Elementary School and renovate and expand Maugansville Elementary School would come no earlier than August 2006.

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Dennis McGee, schools director of facilities management, reminded the School Board about steps that need to be taken to close the school. He said those steps include setting up public hearing dates, preparing advertisements to alert affected communities and setting up a redistricting committee to accommodate the switch when it happens.

The School Board voted 7-0 to approve an $89,000 low bid from the Frederick firm Proffit and Pryor Architects to conduct a feasibility study required because the plan entails demolishing more than 25 percent of Maugansville Elementary.

Maugansville, built in 1936, and expanded in 1955 and 1968, lacks both air conditioning and sprinkler systems.

Conococheague, built in 1960, lacks air conditioning, sprinklers and a gymnasium.

McGee said the renovated Maugansville Elementary would be built to accommodate the combined student population and would be similar in size to Fountain Rock and Sharpsburg elementary schools.

McGee said future redistricting committees may want to size up Clear Spring and Williamsport elementary schools as possible destinations for students who currently attend Conococheague.

He said the proposal would necessitate four additional bus routes at a cost of $135,000 a year in salaries, maintenance and operation.

Once the School Board and subsequently the Interagency Committee on School Construction approves the closing of the elementary school, ownership of the building would be handed over to the Washington County Commissioners.

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