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WCPS to ask state for $15.7 million for building projects

September 15, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Public Schools will ask the state government for about $15.7 million to pay for capital improvement projects in fiscal year 2011.

On Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Education approved a list of 15 proposed projects that school officials will take to the state.

The list has to be presented to the Maryland Department of Public Works by the first week of October, Rob Rollins, executive director of school operations for Washington County Public Schools, said after his presentation to the board. The school system probably won't get an answer until May.

Rollins said the school system would use the money as soon as it becomes available July 1 -- the day fiscal year 2011 begins.

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The largest of the capital improvement requests is $6.8 million for the construction of the proposed Eastern Primary School.

The $25 million school is slated to open in August 2011 on the east end of Hagerstown. It can hold up to 695 students and is being proposed to alleviate overcrowding at several elementary schools.

Deputy Superintendent Boyd Michael said last week that a majority of the contracts for the project should be awarded next month.

Some of the other capital improvement projects included in the request for state funding are:

o $4.41 million for the construction of Antietam Academy

o $911,000 for rooftop and air-handling units at Boonsboro Middle School

o $620,000 for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

o $509,000 for HVAC replacement at Old Forge Elementary School

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