Schools Budget Hearing Planned For Tomorrow

February 11, 1992

The school board will conduct the second of two public hearings tomorrow night on the proposed $374.8 million budget.

The hearing begins at 7:30 at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

School Superintendent Larry L. Lorton submitted his budget for fiscal year 1993 to school board members last month. The proposal, $41 million more than the present amended budget, already has come under attack for being "unrealistic." Moments after Lorton presented his budget, board members announced that they expected to make numerous cuts.

The proposed budget does not include any cost-of-living adjustments or salary increases for school employees. But the spending plan does include a $5 million increase for special education.

Lorton also has requested 118 new teachers to handle a projected increase of 2,700 students.

About 250 parents, students and teachers turned out last week in Annapolis for the first public hearing on the budget. Many requested the school board consider adding more money to the budget for various classes, including driver's education.

The board cut the one-credit driver's education class to half-a-credit and initiated a $20 fee in order to save money.

The school board will vote Feb. 19 on a budget to send to County Executive Robert R. Neall.

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