Allegany Co. considers sending students from Little Orleans area to district schools

Officials might end arrangement allowing 50 students to attend Hancock Middle-Senior High

March 03, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE |

HANCOCK — Allegany County youths who attend Hancock Middle-Senior High School might find themselves returning to school in their home county.

Allegany County schools officials are considering ending an arrangement that allows 50 students who live in the Little Orleans area in eastern Allegany County to attend Hancock Middle-Senior High School in western Washington County, Mia Cross, a spokeswoman for Allegany County Public Schools, said Wednesday.

The Allegany County schools superintendent's proposed budget calls for ending the arrangement, which costs the jurisdiction about $400,000 in lost state revenue and requires it to pay Washington County nearly $191,000 a year, Cross said.

Allegany County school board members Tuesday discussed whether to grandfather in current students so they could finish their middle school or high school years at Hancock, but no final decisions have been made on that or whether to end the arrangement, Cross said.

Allegany's superintendent will meet with parents of the affected students at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Flintstone Elementary School, Cross said.

Parents have argued that Hancock is closer to Little Orleans than Fort Hill in Cumberland, Md., which is where Allegany County wanted the students to attend, according to Herald-Mail archives.

At stake is about $500,000, Washington County schools Chief Financial Officer Chris South said Tuesday.

South said there has been a domino effect after Garrett County officials voted to bring their students back from Allegany County schools.

Allegany County schools officials are trying to balance the budget after learning their state funding for the next fiscal year was cut by about $6.5 million.

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