School advisory panel to submit report today Will it recommend cuts at the top?

September 02, 1992|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

When the county school board began facing what would become an onslaught of state aid reductions last year, education lobbyists urged that important programs not be cut.

Others urged that if cuts must be made, they should occur at the top -- in administrative positions.

Today, the Citizens Advisory Committee on School System Management and Administration is expected to tell the Board of Education whether the system really is as top-heavy as critics claim.

The committee was appointed to study the system after county residents from Executive Robert R. Neall to the parents of young students questioned whether the system has too many employees in administrative positions.

Just last week Mr. Neall said he felt he had nothing to apologize for when he asked the school board to cut $8 million from its budget last year when county government had to endure a $42 million cut.

Superintendent C. Berry Carter II and board members have consistently denied that the board of education, which has about 7,200 employees, is top-heavy. The county government employs about 4,000 people.

The school board also will receive Mr. Carter's recommendation on capital improvement projects.

The superintendent has proposed a capital budget of $89.5 million which includes money for additional portable classrooms for crowded schools, walls for open-spaced classrooms, and roofs for aging schools. Last year the school board requested $39.9 million from the county government for capital projects but received only $12 million.

The school board also will receive its monthly update on the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program. The county's school board has been one of the most vocal in criticizing the test. As MSPAP moves into its third year, the school system has offered to work with the state to correct some of the problems associated with the test.

The meeting is at school system headquarters, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, starting at 9 a.m.

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