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North Hagerstown High School stadium committee honored

December 07, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Certificates and pins went to about a dozen individuals responsible for what Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan dubbed a "landmark event" - the development of a public-private partnership to build a stadium at North Hagerstown High School.

"It's a monumental effort on the part of many individuals, and we are just grateful to all of those individuals," Morgan said.

Morgan said she hopes the efforts of the stadium committee inspire others to embrace their own projects.

People recognized by the Board of Education at its regular meeting Tuesday night included Rick Toms, Jim Brown and former committee chairman John Williamson, "the man," Morgan said.

Morgan pointed at Williamson as he returned to his seat, and quipped, "I'll tell you, if I had to go over a hill and people were shooting at me, I'd want him behind me."

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At the stadium's groundbreaking last month, Williamson said the committee's total funding had reached $3 million, about $700,000 shy of the project's proposed costs. Beside private pledges, the funding included $150,000 from the state, $450,000 from the county and $100,000 from the City of Hagerstown.

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