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Proposed amendment to Howard school purchasing agreement draws skepticism

Proposed amendment to Howard school purchasing agreement draws skepticism

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has recommended amending a proposed school purchasing agreement between the government and property owners in Jessup who have agreed to sell land for a 13th high school.

The county last year agreed to purchase 77 acres from Gould Property Co., the Washington-based general partner of Chase Land and Annapolis Junction Holdings, for $19.7 million, according to court records.

But before the county can officially purchase the land, the County Council has to approve a resolution to adopt a Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreement. The agreement has drawn skepticism from a council member and the Board of Education who, on Monday, deemed it...

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