Public Works approves $3 million for Carroll schools Funds cover a third of construction costs

January 28, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

The state Board of Public Works yesterday approved $3 million to pay one-third of the cost of replacing the old and crowded New Windsor Middle School and fixing the roof at East Middle School.

The board rejected a few other Carroll County requests at its meeting yesterday in Annapolis, but nothing that surprised local school officials.

Board members again refused to reimburse the county $2.5 million for the cost of Piney Ridge Elementary School in Eldersburg, which opened in 1991.

"That is what we expected," said Vernon Smith, director of school support services. "We are hoping to some day get reimbursed by the state for that school, but it is highly unlikely."

He said, however, he was very happy to be able to proceed with New Windsor Middle School. The board approved $2.869 million for New Windsor, with the county paying about $6.2 million. The board also approved $144,000 to fix the East Middle School roof.

Mr. Smith had not received the board decision by last night, but said it appeared to follow the November recommendation by a committee that advises the Board of Public Works.

That committee also recommended against a county expenditure of about $482,000 of its own money to plan a new middle school on Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg to relieve crowding at Sykesville Middle School. The county needed to use that money to finance unexpected increases in renovations at Mechanicsville Elementary School.

Mr. Smith said he will ask the county to put that money in the 1994-1995 school budget and hope the state will allow planning by then for the Oklahoma Road school.

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