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Five new schools on drawing board in Washington County

August 22, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Five schools, including a new high school in Hagerstown's east end, are being considered for construction in Washington County over the next six years at a total cost of $158 million.

A new Antietam Academy, a new Eastern Primary School and a replacement school for Bester Elementary School are included in a request for state funding that is in draft form. Money for those projects will be requested for the 2010 fiscal year. Funding requests for other projects listed in the draft document will be made through 2015.

The Washington County Board of Education discussed the upcoming funding needs Tuesday during a work session.

The school board will submit its funding requests to the state in October, after the document has been approved by the seven-member board.

A new high school in East Hagerstown and a new elementary school in West Hagerstown that will replace Conococheague and Winter Street elementary schools are included in that preliminary document.

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Officials expect the cost of a new Antietam Academy being built near Washington County Technical High School to be about $13.9 million. An estimated $7.3 million would come from the state, according to the draft. The school would enroll about 200 students in grades six through 12, and is expected to open in August 2010.

The school board approved schematic designs for the school Tuesday during its public business meeting. The vote was 7-0.

The budget for a new Eastern Primary School for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade is $26.2 million, according to the draft document. Nearly $15 million in state funding is expected.

The school is expected to have capacity for 695 students and open in 2011.

Several requests are being made for maintenance projects in fiscal year 2010. Those include a new roof at Hancock Middle-Senior High School estimated to cost $2.36 million, a window replacement project at Smithsburg High School ($718,000) and a new roof for Sharpsburg Elementary School ($793,000).

A request for fiscal year 2011 includes a replacement school for Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown, according to the draft document.

The building would have capacity for more than 600 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and is expected to cost $23.6 million. Officials expect it to open for students in 2013.

A new high school in East Hagerstown could open in 2014 and cost about $68.2 million, according to documents. It would be built on an undetermined site and have capacity for about 1,250 students.

A new elementary school in West Hagerstown would replace Conococheague and Winter Street elementary schools and could open in 2014. A site for the 745-seat school is to be determined. It is expected to cost $25.8 million, according to documents.

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The following projects are included in a draft of funding requests from the state for Washington County Public Schools.

o New Antietam Academy to open in August 2010 budgeted at $13.9 million.

o New Eastern Primary School to open in August 2011 budgeted at $26.2 million.

o New replacement school for Bester Elementary School to open in August 2013 budgeted at $23.6 million.

o New East City High School to open in August 2014 budgeted at $68.2 million.

o New West City Elementary School to open in August 2014 budgeted at $25.8 million.

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