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Gov. Hogan releases budget with small bump for schools

By Kara Hallissey | Jan 25, 2018

(Jan. 26, 2017) Worcester County Schools are slated to receive a $33,367 increase in state funds from last year bringing its total to $19.9 million for the 2019 fiscal year.

“The budget isn’t finished and is still going through a process,” said Worcester County Schools Chief Financial Officer Vincent Tolbert. “The governor usually finalizes his budget by April.”

The schools depend on the county government to provide more than 76 percent of funding annually, Tolbert said.

Worcester County Board of Education members are expected to approve a proposed budget at their February board meeting, which will be then be forwarded to the county commissioners for approval. The county’s annual budget is generally adopted in June.

In addition, the Board of Education received only $2.5 million of a $4.3 million request from the state to aid in the replacement of Showell Elementary School, however more funding could become available by the time the budget is finalized.

Worcester County school officials are hoping to receive the remainder of their request in the spring when state funds are allocated, Tolbert said.

Last week, the Worcester County Commissioners approved $375,000 to fund pre-construction and the marketing of the project to bidders.

The schools are not expected to break ground on the project until next year, with a projected completion date of 2021.

 

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