County schools may raise capital budget request

November 05, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

County school officials are proposing to add $3.7 million in maintenance projects to the Board of Education's capital budget request on the advice of state school construction officials.

Ralph A. Luther, director of facilities management, said yesterday that state school construction officials suggested adding more maintenance projects as a way to get more state money in the local capital budget because it is uncertain that the county will get money for Meade Area Middle School.

State officials remain unconvinced that the school is needed, said Yale Stenzler, state school construction chief.

The board has asked for $2.3 million from the state toward the $22.6 million school, which is under construction, but the board will not know until December whether state school construction officials have approved the request.

Last month, the school board approved a $39.9 million capital budget that included $3 million toward three new ventilation systems and one new roof. Tomorrow, the board will get its first look at the proposed change that would bring the capital budget to $43.6 million. The projects that construction officials want to add would replace roofs on three more schools and a heating/air-conditioning system in a fourth.

Tomorrow's school board meeting starts at 10: 30 a.m. at Board of Education headquarters in Annapolis.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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