Washington County Commissioners OK budget adjustments for schools

April 10, 2012

The Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved second-quarter budget adjustments for county schools during a brief meeting with school system officials Tuesday.

The Washington County Board of Education approved the adjustments on March 20, but county approval also was needed.

The adjustments included:

  • $675,000 shifted to take care of deferred maintenance.
  • Additional salary for an expanded summer school.
  • $530,730 in energy savings due to a mild winter.
  • $151,465 saved from personnel turnover.
  • The elimination of a secondary math supervisory position after that person was appointed acting principal at Williamsport High School in December.

School board President Wayne Ridenour and board member Justin Hartings attended the Tuesday morning meeting at the County Administration Building in Hagerstown.

After the commissioners’ vote, County Administrator Greg Murray stepped outside of the room to talk to Washington County Public Schools officials about budget issues such as teacher pension costs.

Murray and school system officials said they still didn’t know what costs related to teacher pensions would be passed along to the county and school system for the upcoming fiscal year.


When the General Assembly adjourned Monday night, state legislators had not resolved pension cost issues after much discussion this session about if and how the state would pass teacher pension costs along to local governments.

Some state lawmakers have asked Gov. Martin O’Malley to call for a special session to resolve those revenue issues.

— Julie E. Greene

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