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School board to weigh spending for construction

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The latest round in the school spending debate begins tonight when the Board of Education meets in a public works session to discuss Superintendent Carol S. Parham's $46.5 million school construction proposal.

Dr. Parham's staff has come under fire from state and local officials lately because construction delays or mistakes -- some of the staff's own making -- have cost county taxpayers an extra $7.5 million.

The work session, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the school system's headquarters on Riva Road in Annapolis, is the prelude to a vote later this month that will determine which projects will be submitted to the state for approval.

Construction problems came to light this summer when it was discovered the Board of Education was building schools larger than the state or county had authorized. Later, it was learned the board had to pay for redesign and additional construction on some projects, such as Solley Elementary, which opened this fall.

Topping the superintendent's construction list for next year are renovations at Broadneck High School at an estimated cost of $12.7 million and construction of a new Meade Area middle school, estimated at $13.6 million.

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