From Staff Reports Cumberland Times-News
OAKLAND — After voting to retain ownership of the closed Dennett Road School, the Garrett County Board of Education has not yet decided how to use the building.
The board voted at its last public meeting to rescind a portion of a vote taken April 24 to transfer the school to Garrett County government, according to the board’s Public Information Office.
The transfer was reconsidered because of a $140,214 construction debt that has eight years remaining.
Possible uses for the building were discussed, including the relocation of the board’s maintenance de-partment, for a shared (board and county) information technology department, a satellite food service or as a Head Start for Garrett Community Action and the relocation of It’s In The Bag program, which is centered at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
“The county didn’t have plans for the building but it was always in the back of our minds to use it as a maintenance facility,” said County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt, in a previous Times-News article.
The state Interagency Committee on School Construction requires the board to use at least 10 percent of the building for students, according to the board’s Public Information Office.
Dennett Road and Kitzmiller elementary schools closed May 30, following the board’s April vote to do so in a cost-cutting measure.
The board will meet today. Agenda items include awarding school bus contracts, the administrative procedure for a public charter school, sexual offender policy, a legislative recap and a discussion on the State Highway Adminstration’s archaeological investigation.
The meeting will start at 4 p.m.; at 4:15, the board will go into executive session and the public session will reopen at 6 p.m.
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