Board recommends Adams Park School funding

March 23, 1995

An article in yesterday's Anne Arundel section of The Sun reported incorrectly the Anne Arundel Board of Education's position on funding for Adams Park Elementary School re-opening. The board did not ask that the $4.8 million project be deleted from County Executive John G. Gary's capital budget.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The Planning Advisory Board recommended last night that County Executive John G. Gary reinstate $4.8 million to reopen Adams Park Elementary School to the school construction budget.

The 6-0 vote came after impassioned testimony from several community leaders, who asked the county to abide by its 2-year-old promise to reopen Adams Park by 1997. Proponents of the school opening say it will anchor the revitalization of Annapolis' Clay Street corridor.


Board member David Douglas abstained from the vote.

The Adams Park building houses the Learning Center for students with behavioral problems. Mr. Gary said last week that he cut the appropriation at the school board's request because the county's ability to borrow money was stretched to the limit by the high-ticket circuit courthouse and detention center building projects.

In addition, school officials argue that the feeder system that includes Adams Park does not have an overcrowding problem and scarce school construction money is needed elsewhere.

But members of the planning board, which makes nonbinding recommendations to the county executive on building projects, said the school should reopen.

"It's not an issue of money," said board member Robert D. Voegtlin. "It's far beyond that. It's an issue of whether we're going to change a community. It's got my vote."

Budget analyst Raymond Elwell asked planning board members suggest where the budget could be cut elsewhere if they fTC recommended reinstating the Adams Park project. Board members said they would suggest the cuts at a future meeting.

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