Baltimore Co. schools get funds

April 16, 1992|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- Baltimore County legislators who voted for higher taxes this session received warm praise, and along with it some cold cash for their jurisdiction, from Gov. William Donald Schaefer at a Board of Public Works meeting yesterday.

The county fared better than expected when the funds for prisons and school construction projects was divvied up. In addition to $2.6 million for a new Jacksonville Elementary and $600,000 for a new roof on Franklin Senior High, which county officials had been told about, the board approved an additional $600,000 to help replace the leaky roof at Pikesville High School, which came as a surprise.

At the same time local officials found out about the roof money, Mr. Schaefer -- who sits on the board with Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer -- expressed his "personal appreciation" to Baltimore County Dels. Leon Albin, Leslie Hutchinson and Michael H. Weir and Sen. Janice Piccinini for voting for three tax bills this session that helped balance the 1993 budget and revive the state's road-building program.

"It's easy to sit in a chair and say nothing and pull the red button," [which indicates a "no" vote], Mr. Schaefer said of tax opponents.

Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, who represents the Granite area, also voted for the tax bills. But the rest of the county's delegation, wary of the taxpayer revolt of 1990, voted against them.

Richard Walters, assistant principal at Pikesville High, was elated about the money for his school. "We get out buckets and brooms" every time it rains, he said.

Money for the new 750-student Jacksonville school was equally welcomed. The project was taken off the board's list Jan. 22 by an angry Mr. Schaefer, who feared that the promise he had made to North Countians -- to enlarge and rebuild Sparks Elementary School -- would be broken.

Assured by local officials, however, that the Sparks renovation could not be done for environmental reasons, and that the new Jacksonville school could help by taking 200 students out of Sparks, Mr. Schaefer threw his support behind the Jacksonville project.

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