Anne Arundel to announce proposal giving schools more than $10 million

September 16, 1998|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary is expected to announce today a proposal to provide more than $10 million to renovate some of the most rundown schools in the county, according to county sources.

He has scheduled a 9 a.m. news conference at the Arundel Center in Annapolis with Superintendent of Schools Carol S. Parham and Board of Education President Carlesa R. Finney.

The three are planning to discuss legislation that Gary will present to the County Council on Monday that would allow the transfer of millions of dollars from a county contingency account to the Board of Education, according to county sources.

The proposal comes a day after the Republican primary in the county executive's race, in which both of Gary's opponents criticized him for not giving enough for education. Gary has strongly denied this, saying he has provided more than almost any Arundel executive.

The legislation to be unveiled this morning would provide $8 million for the expansion or reconstruction of the crowded Davidsonville Elementary School.

It also would give the Board of Education $681,000 to plan the renovation of Glendale Elementary School in Glen Burnie, which is in perhaps the worst condition of any county primary school, according to county officials.

South River High School in Edgewater would receive $1 million to build interior walls that would allow its teachers to hold classes without the noise they experience with the school's open interior floor plan.

The proposed legislation also would give the high school $520,000 to renovate its science lab.

Some of the money would come from delaying part of the $7 million renovation of Mayo Elementary School, according to county sources. Instead of being rebuilt next year, the school's renovation would be spread out over several years. This could free up about $3 million.

The rest of the money would come from a contingency fund that the County Council deposited millions of dollars into this spring as part of its budget negotiations.

Although there has been discussion that some of this money might go to the schools, Gary's proposed legislation would be the first time the funds were earmarked for the school construction projects.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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