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Carroll Board of Ed postpones budget vote

The Carroll County Board of Education postponed its vote on a proposed fiscal 2014 operating budget Wednesday, preferring to wait until the Board of County Commissioners holds its next work session on the county budget May 14.

School Board President Barbara Shreeve said the board thought it was "premature" to approve a budget before the county commissioners had a chance to consider feedback from their May 6 public hearing.

The Board of Education had requested $166.6 million in funding from the county for fiscal 2014, but the commissioners have allotted $163.5 million for Carroll County Public Schools in its proposed budget.

The majority of speakers at the commissioners' public hearing advocated in favor of the school system receiving its request of $166.6 million.

But in response to the county's proposed budget, Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Guthrie has put forth a revised budget with $4.7 million in cuts to align with projected county and state funding.

This budget accounts for $163.5 million from the county and proposes using $500,000 of the school system's $12.6 million fund balance.

Under this revised budget, the school system would lose 11 full-time elementary math resource teachers and nine full-time middle school gifted and talented teachers, among other cuts.

The Board of Education is expected to vote on the budget at its May 22 meeting. The county commissioners are scheduled to adopt their final budget May 28.

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