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School funding on agenda for governor


Gov. Parris N. Glendening will make an announcement about school construction funding when he visits Hickory Elementary School in Bel Air Tuesday, according to one of the governor's press aides.

A county school official said Mr. Glendening is expected to announce plans for funding of school construction statewide.

Harford County has asked for more than $2 million in state money to renovate Hickory Elementary, which has not been substantially renovated since it was built in 1950.

The school was the county's first "modern" facility for black students in grades one through 12, said county schools spokesman Donald R. Morrison. It has been used as an elementary since 1965.

The state's Interagency Committee for School Construction did not recommend funding Hickory or the county's top priority, construction of Forest Lakes Area Elementary School, a planned 608-student school. The county needs $3.5 million in state money for the $7.2 million project.

Building Forest Lakes is the county's first priority because the school is needed to ease crowding in elementary schools in the Bel Air area. If funding is approved now, the school could open in 1997, Mr. Morrison said.

Harford and other counties around the state appealed to the state Board of Public Works for a share of $26 million in unallocated school construction funds. The board, made up of the governor, the state treasurer and the comptroller, was expected to decide on funding the school projects this month.

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