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Board of Education Mulls Over New Allegany $6 Million Shortfall

April 2nd, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County Board of Education President Laurie Marchini tells WCBC News that it will require voters to oust the current board of County Commissioners in order for the board to secure any additional funds that may be needed to build a new Allegany High School on Haystack Mountain. The original cost proposal for the new Allegany was $36.2 million. After a 144,000-square-foot design was selected by the design committee, the architects retabulated the cost and revised the price tag to $42.3 million. The new cost projection left the board with a shortfall of more than $6 million. Discussion during the last public board meeting touched on the possibility of eliminating the auditorium and athletic fields in order to scale back the project- however Marchini says that would be ill-advised given the current favorable funding formula in place for the school project…


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