State grants $4.3 million for school construction

April 21, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

The state Board of Public Works yesterday granted Anne Arundel County $4.3 million for public school construction in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Some of the projects included in that total -- $2.2 million for two new roofs, two science labs and construction of Deale Elementary School -- were approved by the board in January.

But county officials asked the state to pay for an additional $1.7 million worth of projects. In the end, the state granted even more money than the county asked for -- an additional $2.1 million.

By comparison, Montgomery County walked away with the most state school construction money, $21.6 million, followed by Howard County with $11.9 million.

Anne Arundel County school administrators were pleased with their share, however.

"I thought we did extremely well," said Ronald L. Beckett, associate superintendent for administration support services. "This will bring our total capital budget this year to somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million, including both state and county contributions."

The remaining money for those projects will come from the county. Mark Moran, acting director of planning and construction, said that he didn't want to second-guess County Executive Robert R. Neall, but that he was "fairly comfortable we'll get what we need from the county."

Mr. Neall is to submit his budget request to the County Council May 2.

Among the projects the board approved was planning money for a $26.6 million addition to Broadneck Senior High and the $14.5 million Andover Middle School renovation project.

Once a project is approved by the Interagency Committee, which oversees all school construction in the state, construction money usually is awarded the following fiscal year by the Board of Public Works.

The board's decision means that the state will contribute:

* $1 million toward the $6.1 million cost of building an addition and renovating Deale Elementary.

* $1 million toward the new $9.1 million Park Elementary.

* $630,000 toward the $5.7 million for an addition and renovations for South Shore Elementary.

* $129,000 toward the $296,000 cost of a new roof for Quarterfield Elementary and $257,000 toward the $575,000 cost of a new roof on Central Middle School.

* $465,000 toward the $1.5 million it will take to build 10 prekindergarten additions.

* $305,000 toward the total cost -- $702,000 -- to install new heating and air conditioning systems at Brooklyn Park and Folger-McKenzie elementaries.

* $110,000 toward the $170,000 price tag for elevators at MacArthur and Arundel middle schools to provide better access for people with disabilities.

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