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Track figures in BOE election

October 12, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Work on North Hagerstown High School's track has been ongoing since an agreement was reached last month between the Washington County Board of Education and a local paving company hired to build the track.

The two conflicted over the reason a suitable running surface had not been built at North High since the stadium opened, and the disagreement nearly ended in litigation.

Last month, Craig Paving Inc. agreed to construct a track at the high school that could be approved for NCAA events. The company previously had installed a high school track at the school, and said it was informed only after that track was built of the desire for a college-level running surface.

The school system denied that claim.

The news of the disagreement angered some community members who questioned the need for a costly college-level track at the school, and confused others who thought the process was too secretive.

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On page A3 of today's Herald-Mail, the eight candidates running for four open seats on the seven-member Washington County Board of Education tell voters if they would have handled the track situation differently. Last week, candidates discussed what they would do if they had unlimited funds to spend on education in Washington County.

Throughout the month, candidates will respond to questions in their own words in the Sunday Herald-Mail.

Some of the questions were posed by staff members, and some will come directly from voters. Candidates were asked to respond to the questions in writing, using 100 words or less.

In addition to their thoughts on the North High track, candidates also write about their favorite books.

Today is the second of four consecutive Sundays before the Nov. 4 general election that the candidates will be asked about issues and themselves.

On the Web: For more information about local races in the 2008 general election, go to our Web site at herald-mail.com, find Hot Topics near the top of the page and click on Elections 2008.

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