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Returning your call

February 08, 2008

Editor's note: Each Friday, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.

How come Ellsworth gets all these school jobs?



Q: "It's amazing how the president of the Board of County Commissioners electrical company, Ellsworth Electric, is getting all these electrical jobs to build these new schools. Maybe it ought to be checked into. " - Hagerstown

A: We did a little checking.

It turns out that Ellsworth Electric, which is owned by Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr, was contracted to do electrical work at Pangborn Elementary School.

But three other local companies were awarded electrical contracts at Rockland Woods Elementary, Maugansville Elementary and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, according to Rob Rollins, director of Facilities Planning and Development for Washington County Public Schools.

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Barnhart Electrical Service, as a subcontractor for Callas, will work at Maugansville; Crum Electric was contracted for Rockland Woods; and MEC Inc. will do the electrical work at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

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