School board approves $533.9 million budget Package represents 11.4% increase BALTIMORE COUNTY

February 26, 1993|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

After trimming $1.8 million from the package, the Baltimore County school board last night approved a $533.9 million operating budget for the next academic year.

The cuts were made at a work session last week, largely by trimming requests for additional maintenance workers and bus drivers.

The budget was approved on a unanimous vote with little discussion last night at the Greenwood school system headquarters in Towson.

The budget -- which goes first to County Executive Roger B. Hayden and then to the County Council for approval -- represents an 11.4 percent increase over current spending, and includes $9 million for teacher raises.

Each teacher would receive a flat $1,400 in what the school system called a "salary restructuring" rather than a raise.

It also includes $4.2 million for new positions -- mostly teachers. There would be money for 138 more teachers, six custodians, 15 bus drivers and a driver trainer.

Superintendent Stuart D. Berger and his staff had asked for 14 new custodial positions, 25 bus drivers and 24 maintenance positions. The maintenance jobs were eliminated from the budget proposal, although additional money was shifted into contractual services for dealing with maintenance problems.

Also included in the budget is $1 million for a computer software system to modernize student and personnel recordkeeping, and for a computerized routing system that will schedule the system's more than 700 buses.

When he submitted the budget request in January, Dr. Berger said it would "allow the school system to begin to repair the damage caused by the severe budget restraint of the last few years."

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