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Washington Co. School Board OKs project funding list

September 21, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Washington County Public Schools will ask for $9.5 million in capital improvement money from the state in the next fiscal year.

On Tuesday, the Washington County Board of Education approved a six-year list of requests, with needs totaling $80.6 million.

The top item on the fiscal year 2012 list is $3.3 million for a new Antietam Academy, which is expected to open in January.

Next is $4 million for Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, which is expected to be ready for the 2011-12 school year.

The third item is $634,000 for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, which opened a year ago.

The rest of the fiscal year 2012 list is:

o $394,000 for a roof at Smithsburg Elementary School.

o $195,000 for a boiler at Boonsboro High School.

o $363,000 for windows at Smithsburg High School.

o $269,000 for windows and doors at Northern Middle School.

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o $396,000 for a roof at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

Work at Bester Elementary School also is on the list, but only for planning approval.

Rob Rollins, the school system's director of facilities planning and development, said the district approved a master plan in June.

The capital improvement plan, a companion piece to the master plan, is due to the state by Oct. 6, he said.

Fiscal year 2012 starts July 1, 2011.

The capital improvement plan that the board approved Tuesday includes projects from 2012 through 2017.

Board member W. Edward Forrest noted that projects are listed in priority order on the list, but none of them is guaranteed.

The school system is asking for:

o $10.9 million for fiscal year 2013.

o $13.2 million for fiscal year 2014.

o $10.5 million for fiscal year 2015.

o $20.7 million for fiscal year 2016.

o $15.7 million for fiscal year 2017.

Rollins told the board that the state has set aside about $250 million per year for school construction in recent years, although the amount was increased to $400 million one year.

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