Budget changes would aid schools $52 million added to Balto. Co. capital plan

April 15, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Featherbed Lane Elementary School in Woodlawn may not have to wait until the next century for a badly needed addition, after all.

The money's due in July.

Baltimore County's most crowded elementary school and some others are due earlier-than-expected improvements, according to last-minute changes in County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III's proposed capital budget.

His changes for schools and other projects add $52 million to the two-year, $341 million building plan approved last year. He is to present them today to the County Council and to the public, with the annual operating budget.

The council may cut either, but it may not add money. It must finish work on the budget by June 1.

"This is really good news," Featherbed Principal Merry C. Macer said about the addition. "We project having 700 students in September, and our capacity is 455. [An addition] will make a tremendous difference."

Mr. Ruppersberger also added $1 million to a fund for attracting businesses, $1 million more for neighborhoods in a revitalization program, money to extend Owings Mills Boulevard to the site for the T. Rowe Price expansion and $1.4 million to upgrade traffic signals.

Plans for the fiscal 1998-1999 capital budget, which covers the next two years, include $3.6 million for a new fire station in Pikesville, a new police station in Towson, $12 million for road resurfacing and $7 million for 70 more alley replacements.

Other items: $11.4 million for a New Town elementary-middle school in Owings Mills, $4.6 million for a Catonsville Middle School addition and $15.8 million to renovate Catonsville High.

The last-minute school changes for the fiscal year that begins July 1 include $1.6 million for eight new classrooms for Featherbed Lane and millions more for other beleaguered schools.

Other new or accelerated school projects include $6.9 million in county money for Martin Boulevard Elementary in the eastern part of the county, another eight-room addition for Seventh District Elementary in the northern part, $776,000 for renovations at Ridge School in Ruxton and $865,000 to help modernize crowded Woodmoor Elementary, which already was slated for an eight-room addition.

The budget includes planning money for renovations at Kenwood High, Franklin Middle, Dulaney High and Perry Hall High, and for an addition at Perry Hall Middle School.

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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