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Panel OKs $6.3 million for Carroll school construction


A state committee has approved $6.3 million in school construction funds for Carroll County, with most of the money earmarked for a high school in the southern part of the county.

The Interagency Committee for School Construction last week allocated an extra $1.6 million for the project after Carroll school officials appealed to the committee for $13 million in additional funding for a number of building projects, said Vernon Smith, FTC assistant superintendent of administration for county schools.

The $1.6 million brings total state funding for the project to $6.2 million. The cost of the high school is $29 million.

The annual appeal for funding is one of the first steps in a long series of requests and appeals as counties compete for state money for school construction and renovations.

Last month, the committee's staff approved $4.7 million of Carroll's $21.7 million request to help pay for capital projects in fiscal year 2000, which begins in July. Nearly all of it -- $4.6 million -- will go toward construction of the high school in South Carroll, scheduled to open in 2001.

The committee also approved $20,000 each for two electrical wiring projects, at Westminster Elementary School and Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead.

Carroll officials went before the Interagency Committee last week to appeal school construction and renovation projects that the committee staff had deferred in its initial review last month.

"I believe we'll be appealing a number of those projects before the Board of Public Works," Smith said.

The state Board of Public Works will hear appeals of the committee's recommendations Jan. 27.

Some of the projects that may be appealed by Carroll school officials: $592,000 for renovation of the media center at Sykesville Middle School to provide more instructional space and new technology.

$557,000 for an addition to Spring Garden Elementary to provide six more classrooms.

$182,000 for Science 2000 projects at Westminster and Liberty high schools. At Westminster, work includes converting four small classrooms into two large labs and lecture spaces.

$179,000 to replace the roof at Eldersburg Elementary School.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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