By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
9:49 PM EST, November 19, 2012
Baltimore County is set to consolidate its government data center with the school system's next year, which officials say will save up to $4 million in construction costs.
The County Council on Monday unanimously approved a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to merge the centers. Under the plan, the schools' Department of Technology data center — which has been leasing space in Timonium — will move to the county's data center at the courthouse in Towson by next August.
County leaders say combining the centers will save the school system between $2 million and $4 million in construction costs for a new building, plus $100,000 annually in maintenance expenses.
County information-technology director Rob Stradling said no jobs would be eliminated because of the consolidation.
Howard County also merged its school and government data centers to save money in recent years.
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