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Boonsboro Town Council briefs

June 06, 2012

Wetzel disappointed new school has lower priority

BOONSBORO — Boonsboro Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel expressed disappointment during a town council meeting Monday night over a decision by Washington County Public Schools to give a lower priority to a second elementary school in the Boonsboro area.

The school system, which has a ranking system for proposed projects, has now planned for the completion of a second elementary school in Boonsboro in 2023 instead of 2017, Wetzel said.

Wetzel said she could not understand the reasoning for the new ranking since Boonsboro is considered the center of the south county area.

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Wetzel said she believes there needs to be a Boonsboro area task forced formed to lobby for the quicker completion of an elementary school in the area.

“If someone doesn’t speak up, we may not be alive to see a second elementary school in Boonsboro,” said Wetzel, noting that Boonsboro’s elementary, middle and high school are close to or at capacity.

Council to back proposed pedestrian and bicycle trail

BOONBORO — The Boonsboro Town Council Monday night decided to support the development of a proposed pedestrian and bicycle trail from Hagerstown’s City Park to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Weverton.

The proposed Civil War Railroad Trail Project would follow a former Baltimore & Ohio railroad line, according to information provided at the council meeting.

Town Councilwoman Barbara Wetzel praised the project, saying that the trail would allow users to travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., through a system of connected trails.

The council agreed to send a letter of support for the project to the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Boonsboro High senior earns law-enforcement scholarship

BOONSBORO — Town Police Chief Jeff Hewett Monday night awarded a $500 law-enforcement scholarship to a Boonsboro High School senior.

The scholarship was presented during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting to Nathan Hardy, who plans to study law enforcement at Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va., Hewett said.

Each year, the police department awards a scholarship to a Boonsboro High senior who plans to study law enforcement in college, Hewett said.

The scholarship is funded through proceeds from a calendar the police department produces, Hewett said.
Hardy had a high school grade-point-average of 3.53, he said.

— Dave McMillion

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