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Boosters raise $30,000 toward Boonsboro High stadium expansion

September 24, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Athletic Boosters have raised more than $30,000 toward an addition to Boonsboro High's stadium that is expected to cost about $250,000.

Dwight Scott, a volunteer coach associated with the Boosters, said the group has an agreement with the Washington County Board of Education that the school system will provide $200,000 toward the project.

He said the planned addition is for a brick building that will include rooms for soccer and football teams to gather during halftime. The building would include bathrooms.

School officials said during a public meeting Tuesday that the building likely will cost $250,000. The Boosters club plans to raise a total of about $50,000.

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That agreement was reached in 2006, according to documents presented at Tuesday's meeting. The addition has been discussed since 2005.

Principal Martin Green said officials would like the structure to be complete at the start of the 2009-10 school year to commemorate the 50th year of football at the school.

He said without team rooms at Warrior Field, athletes have to either stay on the field during halftime or use locker rooms at the school.

Deputy Superintendent for Washington County Public Schools Boyd Michael said officials have requested money in the school system's capital budget for projects like the Boonsboro stadium addition. In the past, about $485,000 has been requested that could be used for private-public partnerships, he said.

However, Michael said that money has been denied by Washington County Commissioners each year it has been requested.

Commissioners President John F. Barr said he was unaware of that denial and referred questions to County Administrator Greg Murray.

Murray said the School Board did not request money for a private-public partnership in the 2009 fiscal year, but did ask that $485,000 be added to the fiscal year 2008 capital budget for several projects, including track overlay at Clear Spring High School and for a "co-op" that was undefined. Murray said the smaller projects, like the track overlay, did not warrant being included in the capital budget and should have been requested for the operating budget.

This year, County Commissioners gave $1 million more for deferred maintenance and systemic maintenance projects. Murray said that money could have been used on a project like the Boonsboro High stadium addition.

Michael said it was possible the funds could come from the School Board's reserve fund or from operating expenses.

School Board Vice President Donna Brightman said she would like to have a process in place so that if funds are available for these types of projects that combine public and private money, schools or groups could apply for the public funding. She said that would be the best way to create "equity" among the schools.

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