School Officials In Harford Co. To Ask Council For More Funds

Needs Include Curriculum And Staff Development

April 22, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The Harford County school board and education officials are hoping the County Council can find extra money so that they can fulfill their wish list.

Education officials are to appear before the council today to seek additional funding for staff and curriculum development, and for such proposals as partnership programs for schools and local businesses.

The officials had requested a $207.8 million budget for fiscal 1998 -- a $15.3 million increase over the current budget. The county was asked to fund $10.2 million of the requested increase.

But County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann has recommended that the county fund only $4.7 million; the school system is to receive $5.8 million from the state.

The school system would be $4.8 million short of its goal.

The council has the power to add money to the executive's recommended budget.

"We don't want to rob Peter to pay Paul," said school spokesman Donald Morrison. "We don't want to take money from the sheriff's office or the libraries. But if there's some way the County Council can find extra money through supplemental appropriations from the county executive, we would like to receive it."

Morrison said that with the executive's recommended budget school officials will be able to maintain current class sizes and hire an additional 59 teachers.

Schools Superintendent Jeffery N. Grotsky said he will try to show the council that some of the school system's needs for the 1997-1998 academic year will not be met if funding is not found.

"We want to indicate that there's still some areas that are very important, primarily to the kids," Grotsky said. "My job is to advocate as hard as possible for the children."

Grotsky said any proposed programs for 1997-1998 that have to be scrapped because of a lack of funds will be given a high priority in the next budget request.

Pub Date: 4/22/97

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