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School board approves documents for Bester's replacement

April 19, 2012
  • The Washington County Board of Education this week took another step toward replacing Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown, approving construction documents for a new elementary school.
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The Washington County Board of Education this week took another step toward replacing Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown, approving construction documents for a new elementary school.

The seven-member school board unanimously approved the documents during a regular meeting Tuesday.

The construction documents, prepared by Grimm and Parker Architects, will be sent to the state for approval, with the hope that the school system can put the project out for bid in May, school system officials said.

Construction could begin this summer, said Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development.

The construction cost is expected to be $19.8 million with the total project cost at $23 million, according to a fact sheet.

Students will continue to attend the older Bester Elementary School, at the corner of South Potomac Street and Memorial Boulevard, while the new school is constructed behind Bester.

After the new school is complete, the older school will be demolished.

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The new school is scheduled to open in August 2014.

— Julie E. Greene

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