Com­mis­sion­ers ap­prove mul­ti­ple ed­u­ca­tion fund trans­fers

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

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a se­ries of re­quests from the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing its Tues­day, Jan. 10, meet­ing in­volv­ing the trans­fer of op­er­at­ing funds to its cap­i­tal bud­get for mul­ti­ple up­grades and re­pairs.

The fund trans­fer was ap­proved by a 3-0 vote, with Com­mis­sioner Robert Buckey ab­stain­ing. Buckey said he thought the money should not be al­lo­cated un­til the county’s bud­get dis­cus­sions.

Due to a sur­plus of funds from em­ployee at­tri­tion and “an ex­tremely good year as far as fuel costs go,” Robin Land­graf, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, said, the board sought approval to trans­fer the funds for a list of projects.

Though the board had left­over money, it is not au­tho­rized to trans­fer and spend those funds with­out approval from the County Com­mis­sion­ers.

The list of re­pairs and in­di­vid­ual costs, which in to­tal cost $104,600, are as fol­lows: side­walk re­pairs at Bay­side El­e­men­tary School, Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School, Sudlersville El­e­men­tary School and Sudlersville Mid­dle School, $12,000; floor­ing re­pairs at Mat­a­peake El­e­men­tary School, Kent Is­land High School and the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice, $36,800; sta­dium re­pairs at both Queen Anne’s County and Kent Is­land high schools, $33,500; AV equip­ment re­place­ments at Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School, $10,000; in­te­rior paint­ing at the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice, $8,000; and blind in­stal­la­tions at Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School, $4,300.

Land­graf said some of the re­pairs were nec­es­sary be­cause of haz­ards pro­duced, such as trip­ping from cur­rent side­walk con­di­tions.

Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran said he would rather not give the board cap­i­tal money out of county funds when it had money avail­able and said it made sense to ap­prove the fund trans­fer.

The com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved by a unan­i­mous vote the approval of two se­cu­rity up­grades to take place at Sudlersville and Church Hill el­e­men­tary schools. The up­grades, which will cost an es­ti­mated $203,803, will also make Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act im­prove­ments, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Fa­cil­i­ties Plan­ner Carla Viar Pullen said.

Both el­e­men­tary schools cur­rently do not have in­te­rior lock­ing doors, “that means as soon as you gain ac­cess to the vestibule you’re able to en­ter into the non-lock­ing doors,” Viar Pullen said. She said the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s in­tent is to “punch a hole in the wall” from the entr y cham­ber into the main of­fice so peo­ple at­tempt­ing to gain ac­cess to the build­ing, af­ter ini­tially be­ing ad­mit­ted, have to go into the main of­fice or be buzzed in a se­cond time.

Of the eight Queen Anne’s County pub­lic el­e­men­tary schools, Sudlersville and Church Hill are the only two that do not have the vestibule up­grades, Viar Pullen said. The se­cu­rity and ADA up­grades were iden­ti­fied in the board’s fa­cil­i­ties as­sess­ment.

The money for both projects comes from sur­plus funds from six cap­i­tal projects al­ready funded and com­pleted. Those projects and the re­main­ing funds are as fol­lows: equip­ment and ve­hi­cles, $32,700; Board of Ed­u­ca­tion park­ing lot ex­pan­sion, $1,000; Queen Anne’s County High School sound sys­tem, $21,867; Ken­nard El­e­men­tary roof, $98,711; com­pre­hen­sive build­ing as­sess­ment, $13,141; and ten­nis court up­grades at both Queen Anne’s County and Kent Is­land high schools, $36,384. All re­main­ing funds will be re­al­lo­cated to se­cu­rity up­grades.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

From left: Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Fa­cil­i­ties Plan­ner Carla Viar Pullen, In­terim School Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski and Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Robin Land­graf.

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