School officials appeal for state money for building

January 04, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Carroll school officials are going to the top in their push for state money to build the Oklahoma Road middle school next year.

Undaunted by a denial from the Interagency Committee for Public School Construction last month, Carroll school administrators will make their case before the Maryland Board of Public Works Jan. 19 in Annapolis.

Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Carroll Democrat, will be right beside them, he said, to urge the governor, the comptroller and the treasurer -- who make up the three-person board -- to pay for half of the middle school's construction costs.

"I feel confident," Mr. Dixon said. "I think this is a school that we very much need. South Carroll is one of the fastest-growing parts of the county, if not the fastest growing."

Mr. Dixon said he will point out to the powerful state board that he does not take the appeal process for granted. He has never appealed a school project to them since becoming a legislator in 1983, he said.

"I think it's a project we need to have," he said of the Oklahoma Road facility.

Vernon Smith, director of school support services, said he will recommend that Superintendent R. Edward Shilling ask the Board of Public Works to consider giving the county another $1.2 million toward construction costs for Taneytown Elementary -Z School and about $6 million toward the middle school on Oklahoma Road. The latter would ease crowding at Sykesville Middle School, which is more than 200 students over the 855 it was designed to hold.

Local officials say the formulas used by the state to determine overcrowding and project enrollment are flawed and out of date for both the Taneytown and Oklahoma Road projects.

For example, the state formulas do not consider expected enrollment increases from planned housing developments, Mr. Smith said.

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