City gets $5.2 million STATE HOUSE REPORT

January 28, 1993|By Staff Report

Even though state grants fell far short of their wishes, area school systems received approval for millions of dollars for a variety of projects in the coming fiscal year.

Baltimore received $5.23 million for six projects -- less than half of the $11.48 million requested for a total of 15 projects -- from the state Board of Public Works in a plan approved yesterday.

The city received $1.72 million for construction of a new Ashburton Elementary on the grounds of the existing building; $3.08 million for a major renovation of the Harford Institute building; $235,000 for window replacement at Cherry Hill Elementary; and $184,000 for roof, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning replacement at Bay-Brook Elementary.

The city also won approval for planning a complete renovation of Cross Country and Thomas Jefferson elementaries. Baltimore must pick up the planning costs for the projects, but the state will eventually chip in for construction.

For Baltimore County, the board approved about $2.2 million -- about 22 percent of the county's request. Five of 18 projects submitted for state assistance were approved.

The state will provide about $1.5 million in construction money for classroom additions at Hereford Middle School; $712,000 for roof repairs at Parkville High School and for repairs to a chiller at Powhatan Elementary School near Lochearn.

In addition, planning assistance was approved for future construction at Essex Elementary School and for the reopening of Lutherville Elementary.

Planning aid for repairs at Towson High School and Sparks Elementary was put off until 1997.

Harford County sought $5.7 million for seven projects, but received only the $3.4 recommended by the state Interagency Committee on School Construction.

Approved were $3.1 million for construction of Country Walk Elementary in Bel Air and $281,000 for roof replacement at Havre de Grace Middle School, as well as $39,000 previously recommended for portable classrooms at Ring Factory Elementary and C. Milton Wright High School.

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