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Millions OK'd for schools

Almost $5 million in building funds approved

Almost $5 million in building funds approved

March 29, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

ANNAPOLIS

Almost $5 million was designated for school construction in Washington County in a bond agreement for capital projects approved Tuesday by both the state Senate and the House.

Funding includes nearly $4.5 million recommended by the Board of Public Works and another $371,000 set aside for projects already prioritized in the state's Public School Construction Program.

Further construction funding from the Interagency Committee on School Construction is possible. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said that information should be available in May.

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Funding for other county projects includes:

  • $400,000 for the Richard A. Henson Family YMCA in Hagerstown for a new 9,000-square-foot youth and family gymnasium with a youth wellness center

  • $250,000 for the proposed stadium at North Hagerstown High School

  • $94,000 in planning money for a central booking facility for local police agencies


Establishing a central booking facility at the Washington County Detention Center has been a priority for both the county and Hagerstown city governments.

Additionally, all other local bond bill requests were funded at the behest of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, according to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, who serves on the committee and was appointed to the bond bill conference committee.

Those include:

  • $100,000 for a third building at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum near Sharpsburg

  • $50,000 to upgrade the 1950 elevator at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown

  • $50,000 to replace exercise equipment for the Police Athletic League


"I think this was a very good budget for Washington County and indeed the state of Maryland," Munson said.

He said this year's budgets include "the largest amount of school funding in history" and he said Washington County would get a portion of money set aside for aging schools.

"So all in all, Washington County made out very well," he said.

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