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School Board builds bridges while planning arts school

February 11, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Washington County Board of Education continues to form partnerships with various groups as it makes plans for the Hagerstown School of the Arts, Roger Giles, the school system's director of funded and special programs, said Tuesday.

Giles gave an update on the project during a joint meeting Tuesday of the school board, the Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Commissioners at Eastern Elementary School.

In planning for the school, Giles said, the school system has formed partnerships with the Washington County Arts Council, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the Maryland Theatre, as well as with Hagerstown Community College, the Washington County Free Library and others.

Hagerstown property owner Vincent Groh donated the former Henry's Theater at 9-11 S. Potomac St. for the school. Groh requested that the school be named for his late wife, so it is now being called the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

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The State of Maryland has given the City of Hagerstown a $20,000 grant for a feasibility study for the school.

Washington County lawmakers are seeking a $500,000 state grant to fund the school, which would be in the city's Arts and Entertainment District.

The earliest the school would open would be in the 2005-2006 school year but a more realistic goal would be the fall of 2006, Giles said.

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