County cancels its hearing on school budget

January 21, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A school budget hearing set for last night at Francis Scott Key High School was canceled because of snow and will not be rescheduled, Carroll County school officials said.

The meeting offered the first opportunity for the public to comment on Superintendent William H. Hyde's proposed 2000-2001 operating budget. Public hearings are scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Liberty High and Feb. 24 at Westminster High.

The school board is expected to adopt a final version of the budget after the meeting Feb. 24 and submit it to the county commissioners for review.

Hyde proposed his $184.6 million budget last week. The spending plan, which calls for $2.1 million to hire 65 teachers, would require the county and state to increase funding for the school system by $15 million from last year. It would be the largest increase in school funding in the county since 1991.

Last year, Hyde was forced to trim $4 million from his proposed budget after the school system did not receive $2.8 million expected from the county and $1.2 million expected from the state.

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