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Arts school bids being sought again

February 02, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Bids will be sought again for a feasibility study on a school for the arts after Washington County Board of Education members discovered bid policy had not been followed.

Board members voted 7-0 during Tuesday night's meeting to rescind the previously approved bid for the study and readvertise for bids.

After the meeting, Board President Paul W. Bailey explained that a panel that reviews bids must include a representative from county government. There was no county government representative involved in reviewing the project's bids, he said.

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Bailey said he thinks new staff members were not aware of that.

Bailey said he expected Washington County officials to designate a representative soon. He was not sure whether the board would need to approve that appointment.

On Jan. 18, the board voted 6-0 to approve an agreement with Cho Benn Holback Associates of Baltimore for a $61,530 feasibility study. Board member Bernadette Wagner was absent from that meeting.

The study is to determine how effective the former Henry's Theater building at 9-11 S. Potomac St. in downtown Hagerstown would be as a school for the arts and to get a better idea of how much money would be needed for renovations, Director of Facilities Management Rodney Turnbough told the board at the Jan. 18 meeting.

The glitch was discovered several days after the bid was approved, Bailey said.

Also at Tuesday night's meeting, the board voted 7-0 to appoint Hagerstown Planning Director Kathleen Maher to the bid review panel as a community member with expertise in architecture or construction.

Bailey said Maher served on the bid review panel, but had not been designated in that particular role.

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