Funding for Havre de Grace High school replacement study approved by Harford school board

May 27, 2011|By Kayla Bawroski and Bryna Zumer | Record staff

Harford County's 2012 budget features more than 60 amendments to the school system's list of capital projects and includes a feasibility study for a new Havre de Grace High School building.

Cornell Brown, assistant superintendent for operations, presented the final capital improvement budget changes for 2012 at Monday's board of education meeting, with a recommendation that they be approved at $16.2 million.

The school board approved the changes.

Included in the state and local funded projects is $250,000 for a feasibility study regarding Havre de Grace High School.

School officials did not previously request this money, nor were they even considering the possibility of a new HHS when their own budget was finalized in January.

Harford County Executive David Craig, a lifelong Havre de Grace resident and HHS graduate, took the rare step of putting the feasibility study into the budget without consulting school officials. The money for the study will come from the county.

After the board meeting, Brown discussed the relation of the study to a possible new building for the school.

This study is required to determine any alternatives to how the school is set up, Brown said, with the main building and gymnasium on different sides of a main street, Congress Avenue.

Commission the study does not necessarily mean a new school is in the works for Havre de Grace, but will help the school system decide what option is best in terms of renovation or replacement, Brown said.

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