Gary says schools will get most of budget's surplus More than $5 million to go toward renovation efforts

October 24, 1997|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary announced yesterday that the county schools may receive most of an unanticipated $11.2 million surplus from last year's budget.

The county had more money left over than it expected from the 1997 fiscal year because the economy performed better than county budget officials thought it would, Gary said.

"I am delighted to be able to put additional moneys into education, particularly into the textbook fund," Gary said.

With the approval of the County Council, the money will go to these areas:

More than $5 million will go to move up school renovation projects, including those scheduled at Brooklyn Park Middle School and Belvedere Elementary School.

$2.5 million will go toward buying more textbooks for county students.

$1.25 million will be used for a new county drug-fighting initiative.

$1.6 million will go to buy computer equipment and pay for computer education courses at Anne Arundel Community College.

$500,000 will go to the county library system to buy new books.

Schools Superintendent Carol S. Parham said she was delighted to hear about the additional appropriations for education.

"I think the school system is the direct recipient on all levels here," Parham said. "Even the funds going to the community college, our teachers will benefit from that."

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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