Carroll County's only Democrat is encouraged that the state will help pay for Oklahoma Road Middle School after a meeting with Gov. Parris N. Glendening this week.
"There is no way the state can guarantee school funding for every school, but I am encouraged this project will be accepted," said Delegate Richard N. Dixon.
The school, just north of Liberty Road, must compete with other schools in the state for its share of the nearly $115 million budgeted for construction projects. The Interagency Committee on School Construction must review all the projects before the governor gives his approval.
Oklahoma Road Middle, estimated to cost about $12.5 million, is under contract with 100 percent county funds. The county reallocated the expected $3 million state contribution from other local projects to start construction. If the state agrees to pay for part of the project, the money could become available July 1.
The county hopes to open the new school in September 1996 and ease severe overcrowding at Sykesville Middle.
"Since this project is your top priority, I will do everything I can to provide the state share of funding," the governor wrote to Mr. Dixon. "I am mindful of the overcrowding in Carroll County schools and the need for Oklahoma Road Middle."
The delegate, who serves as chairman of the capital budget subcommittee, said any state funding is still months away.
"No final decision comes until the Board of Public Works meets and that won't be until after the legislative session," Delegate Dixon said.