For shoppers, a two-for-one offer is usually a good deal. On Tuesday, the Washington County School Board took one vote that will benefit county residents in two important ways.
The vote approved a partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Corp. to fund the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
Not only will the arrangement get the school open within a year or two, as opposed to the five to seven years it might have taken with conventional financing, but it also provides a big boost to the revitalization of downtown Hagerstown.
While students of the school will attend arts-related classes at the School for the Arts, their academic classes will be held at the University System of Maryland's downtown center.
This will produce more of the foot traffic downtown needs to succeed, during the days when classes are held and in the evenings when performances are held.