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Washington Co. School Board to continue to pay for lobbyist

September 19, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Board of Education agreed this week to continue paying for two lobbyists to represent the school system's interests in Annapolis.

The school board again will be part of a lobbying coalition that in the past has included Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Hagerstown Committee, the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation and the Washington County Free Library. The coalition has existed for about four years, and this is the second year the school system will participate.

The school board decided to pay $10,000 to participate in the coalition. Board President Roxanne R. Ober and Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner said Tuesday they were against that level of funding.

The school board also agreed Tuesday to hire its own lobbyist, Ardath Cade, for the second year. The board agreed to cap spending on Cade at $15,000, and Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said it is unlikely that much will be spent.

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Board Member Ruth Anne Callaham was absent for the portion of Tuesday's meeting when the decisions were made.

Board Vice President Donna Brightman said the school board should discuss the "frequency and nature of the reports we would get."

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, chairman of the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, said in May that one of the seven members of the school board should be monitoring the 3,000 bills discussed during the legislative session, but he said he also supported the board having its own lobbyist, like Cade.

Ober has said that lobbyists will help the school system secure additional funding.

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