New Schools, Renovations Are Priorities For School Board

October 14, 1990|By Staff report

The county school board added money for repairs and renovations of older schools and stepped up construction plans for a new high school in its $35.7 million capital budget proposal for 1991-1992 and $212.6 million six-year plan.

Board members voted Thursday to add $1.7 million to the $1.3 million earmarked by Superintendent Michael E. Hickey for repairs and renovations to older schools in 1991-1992.

The capital budget request will go to the state Interagency Committee for School Construction for review, and is scheduled for adoption by the local board in February 1991.

It must also be approved by the County Council before it becomes final in June 1991.

The board, facing the prospect of over-capacity high schools by 1994, moved up the projected opening of a new $30.4 million high school to be built in the western section of the county from August 1995 to August 1994.

Stepping up the high school schedule drew objections from Sydney L.

Cousin, associate superintendent for finance and operations, who said he "dearly would love" to have two years to plan the new high school.

He said the change would also require the school system to find a site between January and July of 1991.

The $35.7 million spending plan for 1991-1992 calls for construction financing for two new schools, a middle school in the western county and an elementary school in the northeast. The board does not yet own a site for either school.

School officials will try to get the state to pick up about half of the cost of the $11 million western middle school and $7 million northeastern elementary school. If not, the school system plans to finance the construction with county bonds.

The proposed capital budget also includes planning money for a $5.3 million environmental science center, a project that has been discussed for 10 years but deferred while other projects won priority.

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