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South High student project saves money for the school

March 19, 2007

Students in the Technology Education and Youth Apprenticeship program and the Academy of Finance/Future Business Leaders of America at South Hagerstown High School recently partnered on a project to improve the school's learning environment for business-education students.

The keyboard drawers in two of the business education classrooms were in need of repair, prompting the international finance class to conduct a feasibility study of repairing the existing drawers or replacing them with new ones, according to a Washington County Public Schools press release. The class decided replacement was the best option. Students researched the cost if the drawers were installed by local companies and also asked students in the local technology education program to submit a bid to make and install the drawers.

The international finance class reviewed and analyzed prices, noting that the estimated cost of the project, if done by local supply companies, ranged from $1,500 to $5,000. The technology education class submitted a bid for $237.64, creating in-house savings of up to $4,000. The partnership resulted in 50 new wooden keyboard drawers, produced by the technology education class, with quality control by instructor Brian Ferrari.

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The Washington County Academy of Finance provides an academic program focusing on a concentrated study of the financial-services industry. The objective of the academy is to orient students to expanding businesses and financial institutions, and to prepare students for career opportunities in both fields.

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