$46.8 million capital budget approved by school board

October 02, 1997|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel County school board approved yesterday a $46.8 million capital budget for the 1998-1999 school year, the first step toward its adoption in May.

The capital budget package, slightly larger than last year's, goes next to the county executive, and then to the County Council, both of which review and debate its merits and can change it.

The budget designates money for multimillion dollar projects, such as the renovation of Fort Smallwood, Jones and Belvedere Elementary schools, and for smaller projects -- all costing less than $725,000 -- such as school furniture, portable classrooms, asbestos abatement and building walls and partitions that would change open-space classrooms to conventional ones.

The budget has been on the agenda several times in the board's meetings, but little new light has been shed on it.

One item that captured board members' attention yesterday was a teen court program set to start in January at Glen Burnie District Court. It would involve 100 volunteer high school students who would handle cases involving their peers.

Volunteers would come from five county high schools: Old Mill, ++ Northeast, Chesapeake, Severna Park and Broadneck. After they were trained by the state's attorney's office, they would try cases involving minor infractions such as smoking and carrying pagers on school grounds.

A district judge would preside and allow students to hand down sentences, such as community service, to those they find guilty.

Teen court, which takes the place of juvenile court for students whose offenses are minor, has been a success in Montgomery County, where only 10 percent of offenders who went through the program returned with new charges.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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