Arundel school board adopts $724 million operating budget

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Anne Arundel County school board has adopted a nearly $724 million operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

On Wednesday, board members accepted Superintendent Eric J. Smith's recommendation to reallocate $1.9 million from the spending plan that was approved by the County Council and $1.3 million of additional revenue.

The $1.9 million will come from savings on health care costs, utilities and fuel, and from $450,000 in budget reserves.

The money will be used to:

Pay stipends for teachers at schools that failed to meet state performance goals and at Title I schools, which receive federal funds because of a high proportion of students from low-income families.

Cover the costs of increased enrollment in the International Baccalaureate program at Old Mill and Annapolis high schools.

Replace $300,000 of a grant for Annapolis schools.

The county school board also adopted a $102.5 million capital budget.

Board members voted to give senior and executive staff employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise.

The board also ratified a yearlong contract with the teachers union and a three-year contract with the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents food service, transportation and maintenance workers.

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