SMITHSBURG - Concerns that staffing at Smithsburg Elementary School could be cut in favor of starting a new magnet school headed discussion at an Evening with the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday.
Melissa Hargreaves, a parent of a Smithsburg Elementary School student, said the Smithsburg community has many gifted and talented students who will be slighted if the school system puts its money into the Emma K. Doub School for the Integrated Arts and Technology instead of maintaining the level of teachers in the Smithsburg community.
She said Frederick County Public Schools cut their magnet schools in favor of distributing money through the school system.
"In a time of economic crisis, you provide for the needs of all children," she said.
Roger Giles, Washington County Public Schools director of funded and special programs, said magnet programs are funded mainly through three different grants.