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Glassman's commitment to his alma mater should be a lasting one [Editorial]

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman says he wants to break ground for a new Havre de Grace High School during his term, which ends in late 2018.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman says he wants to break ground for a new Havre de Grace High School during his term, which ends in late 2018. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

The recent pronouncement by Barry Glassman that he intends to be the Harford County executive who builds the new Havre de Grace High School-Middle School building is welcome news.

It's the most positive development in the quest for the new school since before David Craig's term as county executive ended. Since then, Glassman said he wasn't borrowing any more large sums of money until other debt was retired, and, thus, the HSS project was delayed. Glassman, who like Craig, is a Havre de Grace High School (and middle school) grad, said delaying the new school building has been one of his toughest decisions.

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And then, County Council President Richard Slutzky made matters worse at a recent meeting when he said Harford County might have to do the unthinkable and close some schools. He used Havre de Grace High as an example of a building he could easily see being closed and its student population moved elsewhere if the economy tanks, cutting county revenue.

With Glassman not saying much, and Slutzky's proposal being so definitive, it wasn't looking so good for a new Havre de Grace school. With one definitive statement, Glassman has changed all of that.

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