Commission OKs funds for school repairs
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners approved the local Board of Education’s request to transfer $251,000 from its operating fund balance to its capital fund balance during their Tuesday, April 26, meeting.
The quarter of a million dollars will go to the following areas: athletics, $27,400; building envelope, $22,000; carpentry, $39,000; custodial, $13,770; exterior, $6,800; flooring, $11,000; maintenance, $11,000; fork life repair, $5,000; playground, $8,000; plumbing, $10,500; portables, $36,500; safety, $29,930; security, $26,100; and transportation, $7,000.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Williamson said less than 1 percent of the board of education’s total budget remains at the end of most school years.
“We’re very cautious in obligating it because we never know if we’re going to have emergencies, so we hold onto it until pretty late, hence ‘til now when we’re coming to you,” she said.
Williamson said the schools need to deal with some “medium-sized maintenance issues” that are critical.
Maryland law requires the school board obtain approval by the county commission to transfer the money from one fund to another.
Commissioner Robert Buckey said the list of expenditures looked “satisfactory.”
“We have the right to use our dollars, but you have the right to determine if we may use them the way we’re asking,” Williamson said.
Of the 51 listed expenditures, six are projected to cost $10,000 or more. Those six items include $15,000 for roof repairs in the Queen Anne’s County High School lobby; $28,000 to convert four computer labs into classrooms (two at Centreville Middle School and two at Stevensville Middle School); $20,000 for the removal of brick and installation of siding at QACHS and Anchor Points Academy; and $16,500 for carpet removal and tile installation of three portables at QACHS.
Other expenditures include the installation of automatic flushing valves at Sudlersville Elementary School, mandatory upgrade of the Kent Island High School high jump pit, replacing damaged carpets and the installation of motors for two doors at Church Hill Elementary School.
Commissioner Steve Wilson previously requested a general maintenance statement from the school board, and he asked for it again during the discussion
Williamson said a comprehensive facilities assessment report is being completed that will help plan what needs to be done at its facilities. She said the board will send the results once it is finished.
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Queen Anne’s County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Williamson, middle, asks the county commissioners to transfer $251,000 from the school board’s operational fund balance to its capital fund balance during the April 26 meeting.