March 21, 2013
Acknowledging the sparse turn-out of about a dozen residents at his March 18 Town Hall Community Meeting at the South Carroll Senior Center, in Eldersburg, County Commissioner Doug Howard jokingly confessed that he'd considered ways to drum up more excitement for the Monday evening session. "I asked Commissioner (Richard) Rothschild to come debate me on education, but that didn't work out," Howard said, referring to his fellow commissioner from District 4 who advocates for cuts to the county school budget that Howard opposes.
May 15, 1991
50 Years Ago (week of May 11-17, 1941):* The Howard County Boardof Education presented the largest public school budget in county history to the Board of Commissioners this week. The budget totaled $263,470, $22,000 of which was designated for an addition to the West Friendship School. The total allotment for teachers' salaries for the 1941-1942 school year was $145,200. The budget also provided for an increase in the salary of the superintendent of schools, from $3,040 to$3,300.25 Years Ago (week of May 8-14, 1966)
February 25, 1994
Let's see if we have this straight. The Baltimore County Board of Education has approved a fiscal 1995 budget that asks the county government to provide $46 million more than it did for the current school budget. At the same time, the County Council has adopted a spending limit that holds the jurisdiction's entire 1995 budget growth to no more than $41 million.You get the feeling that something's going to give here?Bet on it. County Executive Roger Hayden has already begun sharpening his ax in preparation for taking a whack at this school budget.
February 1, 1995
Question of the day:Were Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and public schools Superintendent Stuart Berger able to keep straight faces at their recent meeting when Mr. Ruppersberger warned Dr. Berger against submitting a fat budget request for the coming fiscal year?Both these officials have been around the track enough times to know how the Baltimore County school budget game is played, year in and year out, with almost maddening repetitiveness.It goes like this: County executive sends signals about money not being plentiful.
February 21, 1995
Cutting school spending is a hot potato these days. Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Carol S. Parham proposed a $437.7 million operating budget that eliminated 21 administrative positions, cut a popular water safety class and eliminated adult education, then tossed the plan to the school board.The board trimmed another $5 million by cutting money for computers, transportation, employee health insurance and retirement benefits, then passed it in turn to County Executive John G. Gary.
June 2, 1995
The Howard County school board approved a $230.2 million operating budget yesterday that falls 2 percent short of what it had requested to run the school system next year.Although the budget will be almost $13 million more than for the current school year, the board still was forced to make more than $4 million in cuts to many items intended to handle the county's exploding student enrollment -- including additional staffing, new textbooks and an expanded monitoring program for underachieving black students.