Maryland approves $42 million for 60 school building projects

April 22, 1993|By Tom Bowman | Tom Bowman,Staff Writer Staff writer Mary Maushard contributed to this report.

State officials yesterday approved $42 million to fund 60 school construction and renovation projects throughout Maryland, part of one of the largest budgets since the 1970s.

The Board of Public Works earmarked the money for public school projects in Baltimore and 14 counties, including Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Howard.

The money brings the school construction budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to $87 million.

The governor put $60 million for school construction into his proposed budget and the legislature, citing a backlog in needs, added $20 million. Another $7 million came from surplus funds.

The board approved part of the spending in January.

"These funds will enable us to address the needs of the highest priority school construction projects throughout the state, and help create new jobs through construction," said Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

The $3.8 million approved yesterday for five projects in Baltimore includes $1.6 million for window replacement at City College and $1.3 million for Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary School to improve the roof, windows and electrical and plumbing systems.

Baltimore County received $2.1 million,including $1.3 million for the renovation of Lutherville Elementary School, scheduled to reopen in September. The total cost of that project will be about $3.7 million. The county will get $506,000 for a new roof at Dumbarton Middle School and more than $350,000 for heating and air-conditioning equipment at General Stricker Middle School, Sparrows Point Middle and High schools and Pine Grove Elementary School.

Montgomery County was the big winner,picking up $15 million.

Howard County got the next highest amount: $6.5 million. That includes $4 million for a new high school and $2.5 million for a new middle school.

Anne Arundel County received $3.2 million,including $1.6 million for construction at the Solley Elementary School.

Jurisdictions had asked for about $200 million for school construction.

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