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December 20, 2012

Commissioners agree to borrow $9.2 million for new high school

With school board’s share, local total at $12.2 million

CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County commissioners agreed unanimously Thursday to borrow $9.2 million via a general obligation bond to be used for the construction of a new Allegany High School.

Jason Bennett, director of finance, said his office would begin immediately to search for the best loan package available.

Contributions from the county’s board of education will bring the local share of the project to $12.2 million.

The school will be designed to seat 719 students, with some changes in that number possible, county officials said.

Construction will take place atop Haystack Mountain at the site of the former Braddock Campus of the Western Maryland Health System.

Also Thursday, the commissioners:

• Approved the refunding of two general obligation bonds.

• Approved a map to be used to carry out the requirements of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012.

• Accepted a State Highway Administration grant of $16,312 to be used to purchase a utility vehicle for the Allegheny Highlands Trail ranger for patrol, maintenance and emergency response.

The vehicle will even allow the ranger to retrieve disabled bicycles or injured riders from remote sections of the trail, according to Public Safety Chief J. Robert Dick.

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