Five residents raised concerns Tuesday night about a proposal to close Winter Street and Conococheague elementary schools, some pointing to worries about ending the “community school” atmosphere at Winter Street.
Washington County Board of Education members are considering closing the schools and building a new “West City” elementary school, a project about which there also was concern.
Washington County Public Schools officials have emphasized the school system’s interest in developing advanced schools, and the Washington County Board of Commissioners recently approved the purchase of a 16.5-acre tract in the Hager’s Crossing housing development west of Hagerstown for the new elementary school.
The Board of Education held a public hearing Tuesday night on the proposal to close Conococheague and Winter Street that attracted about 15 people to the board’s central office.
Sam Tolbert, who has spent time around Winter Street, talked about the uniqueness of the school. Tolbert said there is a lot of poverty in the Winter Street neighborhood and the school system has invested a lot of resources into the school to make sure students there get what they need.