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Budget Adopted by Board, Moves To Leopold

Members of the Anne Arundel County School Board adopted capital and operating budgets for fiscal year 2013 with only one opposer.

11:30 a.m.—Meeting concludes. The board is set to gather once more at 1 p.m. to discuss various action items including the Compromise Street parking garage.

11:19 a.m.—Board is discussing "Award of Contracts" topics and addressing businesses that have acquired contracts to work on local schools. The list of items is below:

  • Interior/locker room painting at Crofton Middle and Glen Burnie High
  • Interior/locker room painting at Brooklyn Park, Crofton Woods and Sunset Elementary
  • Interior/locker room painting at Glen Burnie Park Elementary, J. Albert Adams Academy, Meade High, North County High, North Glen Elementary
  • Asbestos removal and re-insulation at Arundel Middle, MacArthur Middle and Millersvile Elementary
  • Replacing fire alarms at Crofton Middle

11:10 a.m.—Board is wrapping up its discussion of legislation proposed at the General Assembly. 

11:00 a.m.—The board passes a motion eight to zero for a "concessions stand bond up to $150,000" at Meade High. 

10:56 a.m.—The board is discussing the possible installment of concessions stands and new bathrooms at Meade High's athletic fields. Peterson says his daughter went to Meade and that the school's concession "wasn't pretty."

"I watched school after school get their act together. It's a wonderful project that will enhance the school," he says. 

10:47 a.m.—Board members are now discussing legislation proposed in the general assembly and how the county should address the various topics, ranging from school diet plans to boundaries between state and county school of official decisions. 

10:35 a.m.—"There's an unprecedented amount of funding in the capital budget," said board member Teresa Birge. She's referencing the $340 million Gov. Martin O'Malley said he wants to use for school construction projects throughout the state. 

10:32 a.m.—Councilman Eugene Peterson is addressing the board room. Says he's glad the proposed budget has allotted money for 62 new teaching positions, but says it's not nearly enough to address all of Anne Arundel County's problems. 

10:26 a.m.—Board has no discussion or opposition from board members for the capital budget and passes eight in favor, no opposed. Motion passes seven in favor, one opposed for the operating budget.

10:23 a.m.—Ray Leone, president of the Anne Arundel County Council PTA, is now addressing the board. He's sharing some upcoming events.

"We want to reiterate our support of the superintendent's budget. The bottom line though is the budget presented is what's right in continuing to provide our children a high quality of education," Leone says. 

10:20 a.m.—A representative of the Citizens Advisory Committee expressed the CAC's approval and support of superintendent Kevin Maxwell's proposed budget. 

10:18 a.m.—Two student leaders are addressing the board. Both are heads of Student Government of Anne Arundel County

10:11 a.m.—And we're live! Stay tuned for live reports from the board room at Riva Road. Currently, board members are discussing "school/community highlights."

Members of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education are scheduled to adopt the Wednesday morning before sending the proposal to County Executive John R. Leopold.

No public testimony will be taken at Wednesday's meeting, but through several public hearings, including one in January where more than 70 south county parents and teachers filled the board room. 

Stay tuned with Patch to receive up-to-the-minute reports of the discussion from the board room at Riva Road in Annapolis.

Updates will be posted above.

Casey Ireland February 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I have sent Leopold more than one email I'm hoping I'm not the only one which I doubt
Kathy February 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Please accept the School Budget and give our kids the best education they deserve. Teachers are these childrens support system don't let them down. Jobs lost can hurt all and everyone around us.
Amy Leahy February 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Unions John Thomas. Did you not see that in his comment?
John Thomas February 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Amy: the Union cannot force a teacher to put away $600 a month into the pension fund. How can the Union dictate how much a teacher has to contribute to the pension per month ?
Amy Leahy February 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Because unions have contracts with the school board and that's what dictates everything: from salaries (as approved by the county government because they ultimately hold the purse strings) to working conditions to retirement benefits, health benefits, holidays, how much money each teacher has to pay for all of these things; Have you never worked a job that was unionized? By the way, the teachers have no choice in whether they want to be represented by the union in this state. The money gets taken from their paychecks anyway.

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