Monday, October 31, 2011

Starr did not adhere to request to cut capital budget

Montgomery County schools seek $1.49 billion for school construction
Six-year plan calls for new schools, modernized buildings
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...

1 comment:

  1. Everything they do is "out of whack".

    Maybe now that these projects have been postponed, the BOE can take the time to thoroughly evaluate the projects, and staff missteps and misrepresentations, instead of just ramrodding them through the community.

    FMS to be delayed a year, but BOE will vote on the 6th to appoint an architect to design a school for a site they don't even know if they can acquire. Seems like a good use of taxpayer funds.

    I assume that the budget included an increased allocation for legal expenses given the holier than thou attitude exuded by their staff.

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