Council chairman supports funds for Essex school study

April 29, 1992|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Staff Writer

Parents and faculty members at Essex Elementary School yesterday were all but assured that money for a study to determine what to do with the deteriorating 67-year-old building will come through.

The $50,000 for the study is part of Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden's proposed budget for fiscal 1993.

But Essex parents and faculty members were concerned that tight fiscal times might prod the County Council to cut the money.

But at a meeting at the school yesterday, Council Chairman William A. Howard IV, R-6th, confirmed his support, adding that with the already-pledged support of Councilman Vincent Gardina, a 5th District Democrat, the money for the Essex project "has a pretty good chance of passing."

If approved, the money will be available July 1.

An additional $2.5 million to help pay for either the renovation or replacement of the building is included in a series of bond issues voters will consider in November. That money would be available in 1994 and 1995.

Essex Elementary has been plagued for years by the stench of stale urine from the bathrooms, an erratic heating system, defective windows, peeling lead paint, broken floor tiles and a leaky roof.

Principal Jean Satterfield, teachers and parents of Essex children appealed to Mr. Hayden for help last month after the county Planning Board recommended against not only the $2.5 million, but also the money to conduct the study.

But after a tour of the school, the county executive included the $50,000 in his spending proposal for next year.

State Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, an 8th District Democrat, was among those who attended the meeting yesterday.

Mr. Bromwell blamed the county Board of Education for the condition of the building, which he said had been ignored too long.

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