As reported by Herald Mail media, the Washington County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to shift $4.5 million from its fund balance to three newly created funds designated for downtown facilities, a technology initiative and public/private partnerships. The article describes,
School Board President Justin Hartings said the move to create a downtown facilities fund continues to show the board is serious about creating an academic classroom hub in downtown Hagerstown. Chief Financial Officer Chris South also cited other examples of projects the $2 million downtown facilities fund could support, such as an early buyout of the lease-purchase agreement for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, or to pay for costs associated with creating boutique learning facilities whose students could also use the academic hub. . .
The school board has asked the city of Hagerstown and the Washington County Board of Commissioners to contribute financially to th[e academic hub] project.