School Officials Seeks Full Financing Of Budget Request

April 21, 1991|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer

Harford school administrators are holding out for full financing of their original $151.8 million budget request, which called for $88.6 million in county money.

Harford public school administrators madethat position known Tuesday while the County Council reviewed in a budget work session County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann's proposed $72.6 million county allocation to education. That's considerably less than the school board's original request of $88.6 million.

The rest of the school board's budget is made up of federal, state and county dollars.

School board President Richard C. Molinaro'stold the council Thursday, "We'd like to have it fully funded, but in light of the economic times we understand the likelihood is slim tonone."

To meet the Board of Education's request for full financing, the council would have to cut about $15.8 million from other areasof the county budget and transfer the money into the education budget.

By charter, the council may add to or cut the Board of Education budget. The council has the power only to cut the budgets of other departments, not increase them.

The total amount Rehrmann has proposed giving the Board of Education in the 1991-1992 fiscal budget, which begins July 1, is $135.8 million. That's about $2.8 million more than the board received last year and about $13 million less than what the board has requested for the next fiscal year.

Harford SchoolSuperintendent Ray R. Keech said this is what the Board of Educationcould do with the additional $2.8 million Rehrmann has proposed providing:

* Hire about 84 new classroom teachers and substitutes.

* Hire 13.9 special education teachers.

* Pay the staff at North Bend Elementary School when it opens next fall.

* Buy supplies for 1,602 new students next year.

Among the items Keech said the Boardof Education must do without next year under the Rehrmann proposal:

* No pay raises nor wage step increases.

* No new computers, additional televisions, overhead projectors, scales and other supplies used in classrooms for teaching.

Some council members, including Council President Jeffrey D. Wilson, said they are willing to consideradding money to the education budget.

Said Theresa M. Pierno, D-District C, "There are some schools where we've made commitments that we have to keep, and there are computer needs. We all want an excellent education system and it costs money."

Rehrmann warned that if the council moves money into the education budget, layoffs could result.

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