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Board of Education divided over stadium

May 03, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

The Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday to give $200,000 as previously committed to the North Hagerstown High School stadium project from funds left over from the renovation of Salem Avenue Elementary School.

Board President W. Edward Forrest and Vice President Jacqueline B. Fischer voted against the budget transfer in the 4-2 vote.

Forrest and Fischer, who have opposed giving more public money to the stadium project, said they believed the school system could use the money on other maintenance needs.

"I personally would like to see some plans from the stadium committee on what could be erected or built with the funds that have been raised so far," Fischer said.

Board member Bernadette M. Wagner was absent from the afternoon meeting, and student representative Usama Qadri was in class, Forrest said at the start of the meeting.

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Though board member Wayne D. Ridenour said he had personal issues with the stadium project, he noted the board had voted previously to contribute funds.

"Let's take care of the commitment that we have made, so this doesn't end up costing more perhaps," Ridenour said.

The board also approved money for design services for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. The board voted 6-0 to transfer $67,165 for the arts school from funds left over from a boiler project at E. Russell Hicks Middle School.

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