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School construction projects discussed at work session

September 19, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Before Washington County Public Schools can move forward with several new building projects, it must acquire land.

Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael said officials need to know now where a potential new high school in the eastern part Hagerstown would be built. According to a draft of the state capital improvement plan discussed Tuesday, that high school would open in 2012.

Local planning funds have been requested for fiscal year 2009, but Michael said a site still needs to be determined.

"We're ready to launch with site planning, but we don't have a site," he said. "We need to be moving now. We need to know the location for the new high school now."

Board members said land near Beaver Creek had been mentioned as a site for the school, which would cost about $64.4 million.

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Board Vice President Wayne D. Ridenour said the school, which would have capacity for about 1,245 students, would offer relief to overcrowding at several schools, including South Hagerstown High.

Board members discussed state funding requests for several other major projects during a work session Tuesday. Funding requests will be made in fiscal year 2009 for the three building projects now being completed.

Construction is under way on replacement schools for Maugansville and Pangborn elementary schools and a new Rockland Woods Elementary School. All three are scheduled to open in 2008.

The following projects also were included in state capital improvement funding requests through 2014, according to a draft of the plan:

· New Antietam Academy

· Greenbrier Elementary roof

· Fountain Rock Elementary heating and air conditioning

· New Eastern Primary School

· Bester Elementary School replacement

· New South County Elementary School

· Replacement of Winter Street Elementary

· New North County Elementary School

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