School board balks

June 17, 1992|By Angela Gambill | Angela Gambill,Staff Writer

Board of Education members Monday night complained county government was trying to set board policy by trimming their budget request.

Reviewing the 1992-1993 budget passed by the County Council last month, school officials pointed to the absence of money budgeted for staff development, or teacher training, and severe cuts in supplies, especially library books.

Under the proposed budget, the allocation to schools for library books in fiscal year 1993 would be 35 percent less than the amount schools received for books this year.

Board vice president Vincent Leggett said the absence of money for staff development would endanger school system efforts to install a multi-cultural curriculum.

"Our priorities are being dictated by budget," he said. "Over an 18-month period, this board has struck three budgets. County government, through budget, is setting board policy."

For example, he said, the board a year ago reduced costs by cutting back on activity buses for high schools. The board NTC reinstated money for the buses in their budget request, but the County Council went back in

and cut it, Leggett said. The council has agreed to examine the possibility of adding money for one day of activity buses.

Also during Monday's meeting, the board approved Chapter 1 money for 19 schools and state compensatory education money for supplementary services to three other schools, board spokesman Nancy Jane Adams said.

Chapter 1 programs provide extra help to schools in poor neighborhoods.

The following elementary schools were approved for Chapter 1 money: Annapolis, Eastport, Freetown, Georgetown East, Germantown, Harmon, Hilltop, Jessup, Maryland City, Park, Parole, Rolling Knolls, Tyler Heights, West Annapolis, Van Bokkelen, and two private elementary schools, Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School in Glen Burnie and St. Mary's Elementary School in Annapolis.

Marley, Meade Heights and Odenton elementary schools received state compensatory money.

Some of the Chapter 1 money will go for computer instruction, Adams said. Tyler Heights Elementary and Van Bokkelen Elementary started computer-aided instruction labs this past year using Chapter 1 money.

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