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Ahead of Howard school budget adoption, financial audit, oversight committee proposed

Ahead of Howard school budget adoption, financial audit, oversight committee proposed

The chairman of the Howard County Council capped a contentious budget season between county officials and the school system on Thursday by calling for an audit of education spending and creation of a school budget review committee.

Council Chairman Calvin Ball, a Democrat, said an audit is needed to answer questions about the "enormous discrepancy" between what County Executive Allan Kittleman proposed to spend on schools, and what the Board of Education had requested.

School board Chairwoman Christine O'Connor fired back in a statement Friday, calling the move a "maneuver [that] appears to be an attempt to undermine the independence of the Board and...

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