Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time could be running out for state’s top school construction official.

...In November, Hogan chided Lever for failing to keep up with required reports on how school systems were maintaining their respective facilities, which are paid for in part with state funds. The agency was three years behind.
Lever in January told Hogan that a lack of staff caused the backlog and when Hogan asked how many additional workers he would need to get up to date, Lever asked for one and promised a Jan. 1 deadline for delivering the reports.
Ten months later, Lever told Hogan that timeline was somewhat optimistic and that the reports might be several more weeks and once again suggested that part of the problem was inadequate staffing.
It was during that same meeting that Hogan and Franchot criticized Lever for what they saw as a half-hearted review of practices used to build a charter school in Anne Arundel County. Hogan ordered the review in an effort to identify best practices that could be used by the state to be more cost-effective and therefore build more schools without substantial budget increases...


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