School officials seek $5 million for projects


A new building for New Windsor Middle School and a new roof for East Middle School were at the top of the priority list yesterday when Carroll school officials presented their capital budget projects.

Lester P. Surber, supervisor of school facilities and planning, asked the county planning commission to recommend that the county pay $5.1 million toward the new school and $25,400 toward the new roof in fiscal year 1994, which begins next July 1.

The total cost for building the new middle school is $7,983,800. The state is expected to pay $2,866,400, Mr. Surber said.

Vernon Smith, director of school support services, said the school, scheduled to open in January 1995, is being designed now. The existing school is "obsolete," budget documents said.

The new school on Green Valley Road will hold 500 students, with room to add another 250, Mr. Smith said. The current middle school houses 450 students in grades five through eight.

A new roof for East Middle School is part of a long-range plan to replace roofs at various schools. The total cost would be $169,300. The state is expected to pay the remaining $143,900, Mr. Surber said.

School officials presented 36 other projects to the planning commission, including $1 million for property acquisition, $650,000 for computer system improvements and $225,000 for various projects at South Carroll High School.

Circuit Court Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. told the planning commission yesterday that the court system needs more space in the Courthouse Annex now partially occupied by the Board of Education. Court personnel need the whole building, the judge said. The county has budgeted about $3 million in fiscal 1998 to renovate the annex.

Today, the commission is scheduled to hear capital budget requests for roads, bridges, solid waste, airport and conservation projects.

The commission is due to recommend its list of projects for funding to the county commissioners by Dec. 11.

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