School board OKs $43 million capital budget Funds would cover plans for a new elementary

October 08, 1998|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

With little debate, the county school board unanimously approved Superintendent Carol S. Parham's $43 million

construction and repair budget for the next fiscal year yesterday, paving the way for major renovations at a south county school and planning of a new elementary school in north county.

Under Parham's proposal, the school system would spend $2.2 million to develop plans for a new Glendale Elementary School in Glen Burnie and to renovate science laboratories and put walls in open-space classrooms at South River High School.

Glendale Elementary, on Carroll Road, is one of three schools ranked by the school system as most in need of maintenance. Leaky windows, peeling paint, rusty sinks and outdated electrical systems make it difficult for students to learn, parents say.

The other two schools with maintenance problems -- Brooklyn Park Middle and Belvedere Elementary -- are being renovated.

Parham's plan will be forwarded to the state Interagency Committee on School Construction, then come back to the local board for adjustments after the state announces its contributions to county projects. The county schools' capital budget will be sent to the county executive and the county council for final approval in May.

County Executive John G. Gary ended his budget feud with Parham last month and agreed with her capital spending plan. He had wanted to use $7 million for a new Mayo Elementary in Edgewater. In her budget, Parham suggested using part of that money to pay for the Glendale and South River projects. The remaining $4.8 million will be used to develop building plans for Mayo Elementary.

Pub Date: 10/08/98

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