Com­mis­sion OKs funds for school re­pairs

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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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PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

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.

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