Budget Seeks Program For Teen Parents

January 25, 1991|By Dianne Williams Hayes | Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer

School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton has included money in his proposed 1991-1992 budget to start at Teen Mom program at Annapolis Senior High.

Modeled after a year-old Teen Mom program at Meade Senior,the Annapolis program would provide teen-age parents with child careon school grounds. Students would also be provided support to remainin school and while there, courses on child development.

Lorton officially submitted his $358.7 million request -- an 8.7 percent increase over the current budget -- to board members Wednesday night.

The Annapolis Teen Mom program would require only one position, at a cost of $30,000. School officials estimate 80 students there could take advantage of the free child care and instruction.

But as board members began grappling Wednesday night with the leanest budget request in years, the few new programs being considered, including expanding Teen Mom to Annapolis, already were in jeopardy.

"The board is in a difficult spot," budget officer Jack White said of the superintendent's spending plan. "Some of the things they want to see included had to be taken out."

Lorton began the budget presentation with the comments, "Fiscal year '92 does not hold well for the school system. We have a very difficult road ahead of us."

The board took no action on the budget during the meeting, but public hearings are scheduled for Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. After a final vote Feb. 20, the budget goes to the county executive and council for approval.

Other new programs in the budget include:

* A teacher to work with welfare recipients in the federally funded Project Independence program.

* Sixty teachers for the 1,500 additional pupils projected to enter the school system next year.

Eight new reading teachers havebeen requested, along with 18 to expand the pre-kindergarten programfrom 10 to 28 elementary schools.

* A telecommunications and recycling manager, who Lorton said is necessary to keep up with new demands on the school system.

* Positions for a coordinator of businesspartnership and safety specialist, both of which were cut from last year's budget.

In other business last night, the board approved a request to transfer $125,000 left over from roof repairs at Severna Park Senior. The money will be used to expand the media centers at Davidsonville and Crofton elementary schools. After the transfer, $300,000 remain in the roof account.

The board also put on hold plans toredistrict the Old Mill feeder system and approved reducing the sizeof a committee that reviews books and tapes for use in the classroom. To reduce the need for substitutes for teachers serving on the committee, the panel will require only two members for the remainder of the school year. Those serving on the committee likely will be resource teachers.

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