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Washington County school board approves two plaques for Mike Callas Stadium

May 21, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Two plaques will be placed at Mike Callas Stadium at North Hagerstown High School.

One will list the names of members of the Washington County Board of Education serving at the time construction documents were signed and Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan. The names of Washington County Commissioners serving at the time the construction documents were signed also will be listed.

The other, smaller plaque states that "construction of this facility would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of the North Hagerstown High School Athletic Boosters, and the generosity and support of private donors, businesses and the citizens of Washington County who provided the majority of the funding."

The Washington County Board of Education approved the plaques Tuesday 4-3, with Board Members Wayne D. Ridenour, Paul W. Bailey and William H. Staley opposed.

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The smaller plaque was suggested by Brian Williamson, a former student representative on the school board and a North High graduate, during a meeting earlier this month.

Ridenour said the school board's policy on plaques did not allow for the plaque to be placed at the stadium.

Board Member Ruth Anne Callaham agreed that the plaque was "outside of the policy," which states that plaques are placed at school buildings.

"It's not a school building," Callaham said.

Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner said there never has been another project like the public-private partnership that worked to build the stadium. She said the policy does allow for the plaque, and that she wanted to recognize the work that went into building the stadium.

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