by Erin Cunningham, Staff Writer
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr is seeking $1.49 billion to build new schools and renovate existing buildings — about $130 million more than the previous six-year capital spending plan.
In his first budget proposal since taking over the state’s largest school system, Starr did not adhere to a request from County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) that he cut his capital budget by about $34 million.
About 30 percent of the school system’s capital funding comes from the state.
“Given that we’ve called for a reduction, if they’re calling for an increase, something would seem to be out of wack,” said Patrick K. Lacefield, a spokesman for Leggett...