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Morgan goes to state for funding for new Maugansville school

January 23, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

ANNAPOLIS - Pangborn Elementary School students have to wear coats in 58-degree classrooms and Clear Spring Elementary students eat lunch in a cafeteria where the carpet is soaked with 30 years of crumbs and spills.

Washington County Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan painted an ugly picture Wednesday for the Maryland Board of Public Works.

But Morgan said she was simply trying to persuade the Board of Public Works to approve construction of a new Maugansville Elementary school.

"I'm not trying to alarm anybody," Morgan said.

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who is on the board with Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, called Morgan's bluff.

Schaefer asked how the school system was able to get an award for how well its schools are kept if conditions are so bad.

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Morgan responded that the custodians do a great job.

After the brief meeting, Morgan shrugged off the fact that she had been "Schaeferized."

"I've been before him before. He was benign," she said.

The state Interagency on School Construction has already approved $1.8 million for the renovation of Salem Avenue Elementary School and $253,000 for a new boiler at Northern Middle School in the 2004 budget year.

But the state was not convinced that Washington County should begin planning for a new elementary school in Maugansville, which school officials have said would hold students from Conococheague and Maugansville elementary schools.

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