Supporting the new library downtown, protecting gaming revenue and keeping an eye on the situation with the state pension were among the issues the school board has informally agreed to send to a local lobbying coalition.
Washington County Board of Education Vice President Justin Hartings suggested at last Tuesday's board meeting that the board discuss issues of importance to Washington County that it wants to forward to the lobbying coalition. There are other avenues, such as educational organizations, to which the board can address specific educational matters, such as Race to the Top issues, for lobbying, he said.
The school board participates in a local lobbying coalition along with local government and business organizations, Art Callaham, director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee, said when contacted by telephone. The coalition uses the firm of Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver for lobbying issues, he said.
Hartings said he wanted to protect and ensure the state follows through on its commitment to the downtown library.