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June 06, 2007

The issue: The Washington County Board of Education has been researching funding options for a new Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown. The board approved a partnership with the Maryland Economic Development Corp. earlier this year to finance the school through bonds and state grants.

What's new:The board rescinded that vote Tuesday, and voted to instead fund the school through a long-term lease that could include borrowing an estimated $11.5 million. Officials have said it was the most "cost-effective" option.

What's next: Board President Roxanne R. Ober said officials will work to find the best rate for the lease, and also begin outside fundraising for the school.

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