Community Q&a

March 20, 2005

THE QUESTION

Why is the Carroll County school system considered a state agency?

THE ANSWER

Many residents don't realize that their local school system is an arm of the state government, not the county.

"Boards of education across Maryland were created as state agencies as part of the 1864 Constitution of Maryland," said Stephen Guthrie, the school system's assistant superintendent of administration.

However, county governments are required to fund their local school systems. In Carroll, the county government provides the lion's share -- generally more than 50 percent -- of the system's budget.

Send your questions of general interest to carroll.letters@baltsun.com.

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