Schools seek $22.2 million in capital budget

August 27, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Many projects from past years have resurfaced in the local and state capital improvement requests the Board of Education approved yesterday for the 1994-1995 budget.

The requests total $12 million to the state and $10.2 million to the county for several projects, including $6.3 million toward building a new middle school on Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg.

The projects detailed yesterday to the board by Vernon Smith, director of school support services, involved more than $132 million worth of building and repair projects, including costs over several years.

Highlights of the request to the state include the Oklahoma Road school, updating air-conditioning at South Carroll High, and additions at Taneytown and Elmer Wolfe elementaries.

The schools also are asking for money to convert some classrooms to science classrooms at area high schools to meet growing demand, Mr. Smith said. Science classrooms need additional plumbing for water, gas and emergency showers and eye washes.

The request to the county includes $300,000 for air-conditioning Mount Airy Elementary School, $1 million for buying property for school and office space, $500,000 for Taneytown Elementary, $240,000 for moving portable classrooms to wherever they are needed, and almost $600,000 for making buildings accessible to the handicapped.

Other requests include furniture and equipment for new and renovated schools.

As the county has struggled to build enough classrooms to meet growing enrollment, money for some projects has been delayed by county officials, state officials or both.

In two cases, a renovation at Sandymount Elementary and the construction of Piney Ridge Elementary, the school board is asking the state to pay for schools already built and paid for by county bonds.

The school system is asking the state for $2.5 million toward Piney Ridge's construction. And it is seeking "planning recognition," a no-money first step toward getting state reimbursement for Sandymount. If the state gives planning approval, the county will ask for money the following year.

The school board must submit to the commissioners by August its large capital requests for the following year.

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