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Local firm will design stadium

September 08, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

A Hagerstown architectural firm that is working on the new Maugansville Elementary School will design the future stadium at North Hagerstown High School.

The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to award a contract for design services of Mike Callas Stadium to Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc. The contract is for $199,132, school system Chief Operating Officer William Blum told the board, but the firm has agreed to provide $25,000 worth of services to the system on a pro bono basis, making the price $174,132, Blum said.

Blum said contracts for professional services such as architectural designs are graded according to quality. Five firms submitted bids to the system.

Representatives of the committee to build a stadium at North High had hoped the project would be privately funded, but they have approached government officials for funding. The school system's proposed Capital Improvement Program for fiscal years 2007 to 2012 calls for funneling $3.5 million to stadium construction over the next two or three years.

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The board also voted 7-0 to buy 23 buses at a cost of $1.57 million. According to Director of Transportation Chris Carter, nine of the buses will provide relief for growing enrollment, while 14 will replace aging vehicles.

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