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Anne Arundel school board adopts $1.01 billion operating budget

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a $1.01 billion operating budget request that marks a 3.2-percent increase over the current year's budget, and includes $16 million for employee raises.

Allocations for a middle school science and technology program, health care costs and an Annapolis-based center for special and alternative education services are also included in the budget plan, which crosses the billion-dollar threshold for the first time.

The school board approved the budget 8-1, with member Amalie Brandenburg voting against it. The plan now heads to the county executive — whoever that will be after a successor is chosen to replace John Leopold, who resigned this month. The executive must present a proposal to County Council by May.

"The budget is reasonable. We've been fiscally prudent in not asking for a very large percentage increase," said board president Andrew Pruski. "We have some money in there for salaries for employees, but there other things in terms of alternative education ... and other programs that we know are working. It's advocating for our children."

The board unanimously approved a $240 million capital budget request that includes funding for the replacement of Rolling Knolls Elementary School and Severna Park High School.

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