Schools To Seek State Nod For Two Renovation Projects

January 03, 1991|By Dianne Williams Hayes | Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer

County school officials will ask the state to approve renovation projects at two schools, despite a state agency's recommendation last week that no such projects be approved this year.

Officials hope they win state approval for renovations to the Center for Applied Technology South and Meade Heights Elementary. Such approval would ensure that the state would later pay for a share of the projects.

In its preliminary recommendations last week, the state's Interagency Committee on School Construction approved no major capital projects for Anne Arundel County. It did recommend approving about $1 million in smaller projects.

The school system will not be seeking additional state money for large-scale capital projects in next year's budget, but Ron Beckett, assistant superintendent for support services, said winning state approval for the two projects would help the school system get money from the county.

"All (state approval is) is recognition of the project," Beckett said. "But the state is cautiousbecause it does not want to commit to more than it believes it will be able to fund."

Last spring, the state threw its support behind plans to prepare Lindale Junior as the permanent site of North CountyHigh School.

For school year 1992-1993, the county is seeking $4.2 million from the state for the project, whose total cost is estimated at $11 million. School officials are expecting $9 million from thecounty next year, for construction and additions.

This year, "we hoped to have planning approval for CAT South and Meade Heights," Beckett said. "That didn't happen."

On Jan. 22, representatives from school systems throughout Maryland will meet with the Interagency Committee on School Construction to plead their cases, either for more money or project approval.

Though the county Board of Education won't decide the specifics of its appeal until Jan. 9, Beckett said CAT South and Meade Heights likely will top the list.

"If the past is any indication, we will limit our request to one or two projects," Beckett said. "We have to compete with all the other jurisdictions. We've been very fortunate that we have gotten something from them every year."

School officials also are likely to push for about $1 million for smaller school projects, including:

* Marley Middle: $81,000, for modifications for handicap accessibility, including elevators and ramps.

* Center for Applied Technology North: $82,500, for heating, ventilation and air conditioning work.

* Pershing Hill Elementary: $156,900, for sprinklers.

* Annapolis Middle: $514,200, forroof replacement.

* Severna Park Senior: $130,000, for heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacements.

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