Council to vote on school funds shift

February 16, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

The Baltimore County Council tonight is expected to approve school Superintendent Stuart Berger's request to move around $5.1 million he needs to open magnet programs in two technical high schools, reopen Cromwell Elementary School and remove asbestos from the department's finance building in Towson.

The transfers within the school budget would provide $850,000 to convert the Western Vo-Tech building into a magnet school for environmental science, $2 million for converting the Central Vo-Tech in Towson into a school for the arts, $1.9 million for asbestos removal, $200,000 for Cromwell Elementary and $115,000 for renovations at Eastern Vo-Tech.

Projects delayed by the transfers are the new Mays Chapel Elementary School, renovations involved in the Sudbrook Middle School reopening and Towson High's modernization.

In addition, money was removed from the fund set aside for replacing leaky school roofs, and from surpluses left from other projects.

In addition, the council is expected to approve Baltimore County's first Design Review Panel in an effort to help keep ugly or incompatible buildings out of seven county revitalization areas.

Pikesville Councilman Melvin G. Mintz, D-2nd, said he will ask that Pikesville and the Liberty Road corridor be removed from the original list of nine areas, on the theory that local groups already provide enough advice on projects in that part of the county.

The advisory panel of architects and designers would review and make recommendations to other county agencies on projects in Towson, Dundalk, Essex, Overlea-Fullerton, Parkville, Catonsville and Arbutus.

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