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School improvement projects approved

June 17, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Construction projects are planned at several Washington County schools and the school system's department of maintenance and operations, which is housed at the former Southern Toy Store at 701 Frederick St. in Hagerstown.

The Washington County Board of Education approved all of the projects Tuesday by a 4-0 vote, with board members Paul W. Bailey, W. Edward Forrest and William H. Staley absent.

The board accepted a $160,751 bid to replace lockers in Boonsboro High School's hallways and athletic locker rooms. The contract is with Steel Products of Loftstrand, Md.

The board accepted a $127,727 bid to replace the roof on the school system's department of maintenance and operations, which was a former car dealership. The school system bought the property for $1.1 million in April 2008, and spent $110,000 to remodel the facility. The contract to replace the roof is with Orndorff & Spaid Inc. of Beltsville, Md.

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The board approved lighting, air conditioning and electrical upgrades for Cascade Elementary School at a total cost of $399,000. The contract is with The Eagle Construction Co. of Greencastle, Pa.

A separate contract to install tile flooring throughout Cascade Elementary also was approved at a cost of $31,866, That contract is with Townhouse Carpet & Interiors Inc. of Camp Springs, Md.

The board also approved leasing three portable classrooms for Antietam Academy that will be used for the 2009-10 school year and the first half of the 2010-11 school year.

The 100 students enrolled at Antietam Academy will learn in portable classrooms after a fire destroyed their school building near South Hagerstown High School earlier this year.

Officials have said in the next school year, Antietam Academy students will attend school in two existing portable classrooms, along with eight leased portable classrooms.

The three leased portables approved Tuesday will have an initial cost of $41,195 for delivery and setup, and $1,367 per month for all three buildings over an 18-month lease. Washington County Public Schools also will have to pay $13,201 for dismantling and returning the buildings at the end of the lease. The total to lease the portables will be $79,002, according to school system documents.

The school board also voted to pay a consultant to perform a required comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act assessment and study of all Washington County Public Schools educational facilities, associated playgrounds, play fields and the central office. The contract, totaling $82,725, is with Hayes Large Architects LLP of Hunt Valley, Md.

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