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By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 14, 2011
The Tuscarora School Board is seeking Realtors to sell its central office building on East Seminary Street. Superintendent Rebecca Erb told the school board Monday the district should be ready to vacate the building in one year. Board members asked her to advertise for Realtors to find the best fee. Business Administrator Eric Holtzman said Tuesday that the central office functions will be moved to Mercersburg Elementary School when renovations there are finished. “It reduces our total square footage across the district, so it reduces our total operating costs,” he said.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | April 5, 2011
The General Assembly has agreed to cut $4 million in spending from the University System of Maryland's central office for the next fiscal year, finding a middle ground between the House and Senate. A group of delegates and senators reached an agreement Tuesday, one of the final pieces in a compromise on the $34 billion fiscal 2012 state budget. The USM central office cut could affect Washington County if money were taken from the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown's budget to help make up for the shortfall.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | April 2, 2011
With Maryland’s legislative session nearly over, the results of a local lobbying coalition’s 2011 wish list are becoming clearer. Brien J. Poffenberger, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that the coalition knew this was the wrong year to ask for anything that required much money. Instead, the coalition focused on protecting Washington County’s progress, he said. This year’s coalition agenda included road projects and economic development initiatives, as well as a “watch list” for previously approved library and higher-education funding.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | March 16, 2011
A budget subcommittee agreed Wednesday to cut the University System of Maryland central office budget by about $8 million, a recommendation that, if it stands, could indirectly affect the Hagerstown campus. The House Appropriations subcommittee's decision is an early step in the fiscal 2012 budget process. The proposal still has to go to the committee and the full House, plus the Senate. After the subcommittee vote, Patrick J. "P.J. " Hogan, USM's associate vice chancellor for government relations, said the $8 million cut would be significant — roughly equal to a 2 percent tuition increase.
January 24, 2011
The Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association is offering six $1,000 scholarships, according to a news release. The association is making scholarship applications available to all Washington County Public School seniors, graduating juniors and to college students who have graduated from a county public school under the jurisdiction of the board of education. The scholarships are for those who are enrolled in an institution of higher learning who are aspiring to become teachers.
By DAN DEARTH | December 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A majority of Washington County Board of Education members said Wednesday they would support pay freezes for Central Office employees to help reduce a projected $10.6 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. Timothy D. Thornburg, supervisor of employee and labor relations for Washington County Public Schools, said Tuesday during a meeting that the Washington County Teachers Association and the Washington County Educational Support Personnel have been asked to renegotiate their labor contracts.
December 20, 2009
Area closings and delays for Tuesday, Dec. 22: Maryland o Frederick County Public Schools - Closed Tuesday and Wednesday o Washington County Public Schools - Closed o St. Maria Goretti High School - Closed West Virginia o Berkeley County Public Schools - Closed o Morgan County Public Schools - Closed o Jefferson County Public Schools - Winter break begins for students. Instructional Support Day canceled. Central Office will open at noon.
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | July 13, 2009
School renovations decided on a scientific basis WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Public Schools expects to spend more than $10.2 million over the summer on improvements to 39 school sites and two administration buildings. Of the 117 projects slated to be started over the summer, the most money is going to Greenbrier Elementary, with $1.36 million in roof, lighting and playground improvements, according to school system documents. Boonsboro High School is second with $1.36 million in improvements, including a new cooling system and new lockers.
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 17, 2008
Washington County Public Schools plans to move its department of maintenance and operations to a former used car lot. The school system has reached an agreement of sale to buy the now vacant Southern Toy Store, at 701 Frederick St., in Hagerstown, from Trend VI LLC. The company owns the property, which consists of 2.02 acres, and a 15,982-square-foot building. The property is within walking distance from the school system's central office at 820 Commonwealth Ave. The school system will purchase the property for $1.1 million, and Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael estimates that an additional $110,000 will be spent on remodeling and another $35,000 will be spent on closing costs.
February 5, 2008
"Here we go again, here comes the 1970s. We lowered interest rates again another half percent, with inflation completely out of control. I understand there was one person on the Federal Reserve Board who voted against it. Apparently they're like me; they remember the 1970s. The only thing this is gonna do is delay the recession maybe four to six months, and when it comes it's gonna be long and severe and wrenching, just like 1981, '82. What people will do just for politics, Democrats and Republicans both.
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