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Funkstown council hears info about new arts school

November 11, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - A presentation on the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation sparked some interest at Monday night's Funkstown Town Council meeting.

But a tight budget and concerns about other projects in Funkstown that also need financial support might not bode well for any contribution this year.

Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, touted the school in Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District as an asset for students throughout Washington County, not just Hagerstown.

And Pieter Bickford, a board member for the new school, added that groups and individuals from all over the county are climbing on board.

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"We have 20 sponsors so far and we're hoping for 30," Bickford said. All levels of contributions are available.

Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott suggested that perhaps the town's share of the hotel-motel tax money might be applied to such a contribution.

But Councilman Kim Ramer said he feels strongly that money wasn't meant for such a project.

"That tourism money was to stay in our community and that's where it should stay," Ramer said.

Vice Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said he suggests council members look into possible sources for a contribution to the school and revisit the issue at the Dec. 8 meeting.

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