OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Commissioners are offering the county school system $2.2 million to avert the threatened closure of three elementary schools.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that the commissioners agreed Tuesday give the school board the money subject to two conditions.

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One is that it drops any plan to close schools in next school year.

The schools also would have to continue participating in a retiree health insurance plan that also covers workers from county government and Garrett College.

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The schools would have to trim $200,000 from their operating expenses to make the plan work.

The school board has scheduled an emergency meeting Thursday to consider the offer.

Commissioner Jim Raley says it’s a temporary approach but he’s hopeful it will buy time for a longer-term solution.

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