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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2012
What compromises they would make in the design for a new “West City” elementary school if costs continue to come in high were among the issues the five Washington County Board of Education candidates were asked during a Thursday night candidate forum in Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. Bids to construct a new Bester Elementary School came in over budget twice. While incumbent Wayne Ridenour said he'd like to wait and see what the costs to build the new West City school are, he'd want to make sure contingencies are in place if funding is not available and the items that are cut are ones that don't impact kids.
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BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
As the Hagerstown City Council was reviewing the concept plan for a proposed “West City” elementary school on Tuesday, Councilman Martin E. Brubaker took the opportunity to “squelch” rumors that the “city has been an obstacle” for the county school board in the zoning-modification process. The site for the proposed school in the Hager's Crossing development behind Walmart currently is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential.
EDUCATION
July 11, 2013
A public meeting will be held Tuesday night to give Hagerstown residents the chance to provide ideas for the new “West City” elementary school, according to a school system official. The school system and BFM Architects will co-host the 6 p.m. meeting at Salem Avenue Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said. The school system is reaching out to families in the Winter Street, Conococheague and Salem Avenue school districts via its email alert system to notify them of the meeting, because those schools are the closest to the new school site behind Walmart in the city's West End, Wright said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
Only a handful of people showed up at a public meeting Tuesday evening at Salem Avenue Elementary school to hear the latest details about the possible design of a  proposed new “West City” elementary school in Hagerstown. Aaron K. House, project architect for Bushey, Feight, Morin Architects Inc., showed possible designs for a secured vestibule, gymnasium and cafeteria, an instructional resource area and classroom space for the school to be located in the Hager's Crossing development in the city's West End. Possible design plans call for the school's bus and car loops to be separate to create a safe vehicle environment, House said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
A public information meeting will be held tonight to provide information about the planned “West City” elementary school to community members of the Hager's Crossing housing development, Washington County Public Schools officials said Tuesday. The school is to be built in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the Hager's Crossing community center. City of Hagerstown officials asked for the informational meeting to be held before the county submits an application for a Planned Unit Development amendment, said Chad Criswell, a senior project manager and planning supervisor for the school system.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2012
The Washington County Commissioners are holding a public hearing Tuesday morning concerning the proposal to buy 16.5 acres behind Walmart for a new “West City” elementary school, according to the commissioners' meeting agenda. The commissioners could vote as early as Tuesday on whether to approve spending $1.5 million for the property. The hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown. The Washington County Board of Education voted 5-1 in August to close Winter Street Elementary in Hagerstown's West End and Conococheague Elementary west of Hagerstown after the 2015-16 school year, upon completion of a new “West City” elementary school.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | September 18, 2012
A divided Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted 3-2 to purchase land for a proposed West City elementary school for nearly $1.6 million, with the disagreement primarily over the cost of the 16.5-acre parcel.  “This is a brutal day for the taxpayers of Washington County,” Commissioners President Terry Baker said before the vote. He was joined by Commissioner Jeffrey Cline in voting against the acquisition of the land from Hagers Crossing Multifamily LLC.  “Nobody is getting three times the assessed value of a property in Washington County,” Baker said.   The assessed value of the property was listed at $496,000, according to real estate records.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
After hearing school board members raise concerns Tuesday about the latest site proposal for a new “West City” elementary school, Washington County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox suggested some problems could have been avoided if planners had not agreed to a parking lot change requested by the city. The site for the new school in the Hager's Crossing development is currently zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential. An amendment must be made to the PUD overlay for the school to be built at the site behind Walmart.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
A couple of Hager's Crossing development residents spoke in favor of the proposed “West City” elementary school, slated to be built in the housing development after approval of zoning modifications, and none spoke against it Wednesday during a public hearing at the Hagerstown Planning Commission meeting. The proposed school property in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 7, 2012
The Washington County Board of Education voted 5-1 Tuesday to close Winter Street and Conococheague elementary schools after the 2015-16 school year, upon completion of a new “West City” elementary school. Board member Justin Hartings said the board's decision to close Winter Street Elementary was not a decision to tear down the school, which might be used for another purpose. He said former school buildings are used throughout the county for other purposes, such as day-care facilities and karate lessons.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 23, 2013
Two officials involved with a proposed new “West City” elementary school in the Hager's Crossing housing development and one of its residents endorsed land-use modifications to make way for the structure at a public hearing Tuesday night before the Hagerstown City Council. The site for the proposed school in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End currently is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential. An amendment must be made to the PUD overlay for the school to be built at the 16.52-acre site, a process involving Hagerstown Planning Commission review and approval by the council.
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BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
As the Hagerstown City Council was reviewing the concept plan for a proposed “West City” elementary school on Tuesday, Councilman Martin E. Brubaker took the opportunity to “squelch” rumors that the “city has been an obstacle” for the county school board in the zoning-modification process. The site for the proposed school in the Hager's Crossing development behind Walmart currently is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
Only a handful of people showed up at a public meeting Tuesday evening at Salem Avenue Elementary school to hear the latest details about the possible design of a  proposed new “West City” elementary school in Hagerstown. Aaron K. House, project architect for Bushey, Feight, Morin Architects Inc., showed possible designs for a secured vestibule, gymnasium and cafeteria, an instructional resource area and classroom space for the school to be located in the Hager's Crossing development in the city's West End. Possible design plans call for the school's bus and car loops to be separate to create a safe vehicle environment, House said.
EDUCATION
July 11, 2013
A public meeting will be held Tuesday night to give Hagerstown residents the chance to provide ideas for the new “West City” elementary school, according to a school system official. The school system and BFM Architects will co-host the 6 p.m. meeting at Salem Avenue Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said. The school system is reaching out to families in the Winter Street, Conococheague and Salem Avenue school districts via its email alert system to notify them of the meeting, because those schools are the closest to the new school site behind Walmart in the city's West End, Wright said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | June 26, 2013
After hearing school board members raise concerns Tuesday about the latest site proposal for a new “West City” elementary school, Washington County Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox suggested some problems could have been avoided if planners had not agreed to a parking lot change requested by the city. The site for the new school in the Hager's Crossing development is currently zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential. An amendment must be made to the PUD overlay for the school to be built at the site behind Walmart.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
A couple of Hager's Crossing development residents spoke in favor of the proposed “West City” elementary school, slated to be built in the housing development after approval of zoning modifications, and none spoke against it Wednesday during a public hearing at the Hagerstown Planning Commission meeting. The proposed school property in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End is zoned R2, or residential, with a Planned Unit Development overlay for mixed-density residential.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
A public information meeting will be held tonight to provide information about the planned “West City” elementary school to community members of the Hager's Crossing housing development, Washington County Public Schools officials said Tuesday. The school is to be built in the development behind Walmart in Hagerstown's West End. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the Hager's Crossing community center. City of Hagerstown officials asked for the informational meeting to be held before the county submits an application for a Planned Unit Development amendment, said Chad Criswell, a senior project manager and planning supervisor for the school system.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 20, 2013
The Hagerstown firm of Bushey Feight Morin Architects has been chosen to design the new “West City” elementary school, which is expected to open in August 2016. The Washington County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to award the design contract to the firm, which submitted the low bid of $932,287 for the architectural and engineering services for phase one of the new school. Purchasing Supervisor Lisa Freeman told the school board that Bushey Feight Morin Architects designed the new Maugansville Elementary School, which opened in 2008.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
Agendas for this week's scheduled meetings of the Washington County Commissioners, Washington County Board of Education, and Hagerstown Mayor and Council: WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS University of Maryland Extension 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 a.m. • 7:30 a.m.: University of Maryland Extension and Advisory Council breakfast County Administration Building 100 W. Washington St.,...
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2013
A Washington County Board of Education advisory committee will begin meeting Tuesday about redistricting school attendance zones for three reasons, the most immediate of which is to help ease overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School for the upcoming school year, school system officials said. The Board of Education voted 6-0 on Tuesday night to task the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee with making recommendations to the school board no later than April 2 regarding a short-term solution for Pangborn's overcrowding, according to a video of the Feb. 19 board meeting and a presentation document for the meeting.
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