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School board briefs

February 03, 2009

Board OKs design of Eastern Primary School



The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday approved the design of a new school expected to open in 2011.

Richard Quinn of Gilbert Architects said the plan hasn't changed much since early schematic designs were drawn.

The school will be off Yale Drive, near the existing Eastern Elementary School.

Eastern Primary School is expected to cost about $26.2 million, according to a school system document. The state's share would be about $14.9 million.

Construction will start this fall, according to Robert Rollins, the school system's executive director of school operations.

Schedule revised for 2010 budget



A revised schedule for preparing the fiscal year 2010 budget was approved by the Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday.

Chris South, the school system's chief financial officer, said uncertainty over the state's finances caused a delay.

The state usually provides aid estimates by late November but didn't distribute them this year until late December, he said.

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Washington County found out about additional reductions in state aid at the end of January, according to a memo about the budget schedule.

The school board plans to have a retreat Tuesday to discuss a first working draft of its budget.

The board will adopt its proposed budget on March 17 and present it to the Washington County Commissioners the following day, according to the revised schedule.

- Andrew Schotz

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