A handful of parents and community members came out Wednesday to the 2018 Capital Improvement Plan hearing, which lasted about 20 minutes in total.

Only three people spoke — one was a parent, Andy Smith, who asked for a clarification on a roofing project — and the other two were candidates for the Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education.


Mary Kowalski, of Westminster, said while she approves of and strongly supports career and technology education, she does not support spending money to put an addition on and renovate the Carroll County Career and Tech Center.

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center project, roofing and HVAC projects and a nondescript project for East Middle and William Winchester Elementary schools are the big-ticket items in this year’s Capital Improvement Plan request for Carroll County Public Schools.

“We are in debt. We are in serious debt,” she said.

Instead, Kowalski said CCPS should use the space in the former North Carroll High School building to expand career and tech education.

Tara Battaglia, of Westminster, and also a BOE candidate, said CCPS needs to maintain its school buildings better, and that hopefully the school board can hold the county commissioners’ “feet to the fire” to get more funding.

Battaglia also said CCPS needs to do something with East Middle School and William Winchester Elementary School, and said she supported the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade model.

“Enough is enough, let’s do it,” she said.

In terms of the Tech Center, Battaglia called the school the “county gem,” and said it needs to be updated.

All in all, she said, she’s happy with what’s being planned for the major projects.

“I’m fine with everything that’s in the CIP this year,” she added.