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Director gets OK to double budget request

July 24, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday gave Director of Facilities Management Dennis McGee approval to double the Capital Improvement Plan budget request to the Washington County Commissioners for fiscal years 2005 and 2006.

The School Board's Capital Improvement Plan will go before the School Board and the County Commissioners in mid- to late August, said Carol Mowen, the school system's spokeswoman.

McGee said the commissioners already have committed to giving the school system $10 million over the next two fiscal years. He said the school system will not get enough money from the state's Public School Construction Program in the next couple of years to feasibly renovate Maugansville Elementary School and to finish Salem Avenue Elementary School on schedule without local financial assistance.

During budget discussions this fiscal year, the School Board talked about asking the commissioners for $9.2 million toward its Capital Improvement budget for fiscal years 2005 and 2006.

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School Board member Roxanne Ober suggested at Tuesday night's meeting that the School Board ask instead for $10 million each year to better meet the school system's needs.

McGee told School Board members Tuesday night that although the county is not growing as significantly as counties to its east, the number of students coming from a growing number of housing developments in the county eventually will cause the school system to consider adding schools and portable classrooms.

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