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County and School System Officials Unite With State to Fight For Additional Public School Construction Dollars

Annapolis, MD (January 18, 2006)- Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced today she will join with Governor Robert Ehrlich, Jr. and County Public School Officials to fight for additional school construction funding. To date, Anne Arundel County has been allocated $15,174,000 or 41% of the total school construction funding requested.

Anne Arundel County has requested a total of $36,998,000 for FY07 Public School Construction Allocations.

"Governor Ehrlich has increasingly stepped forward to support my number one priority in the County," said County Executive Owens. "Our backlog of work on schools is so enormous, we can’t accomplish our goal without the Governor’s support. While we are happy the State has been able to grant the County funding, we continue to work toward the goal of full funding."

The State has $70 million remaining, which was pledged by the Ehrlich Administration to make up for prior funding shortfalls, but local officials are hoping for more. County officials are asking that the Governor’s original request of $210,675,000 be bolstered to $400 million.

"The County Executive and the County Council have dedicated funds in past budgets to help relieve this backlog, but the remaining backlog still stands at $156 million. That figure doesn’t even take into account the construction of new buildings. If we are to continue to provide our students with the best education, our teachers and staff must have adequate facilities. This crucial funding request is not a luxury, it is a necessity," said Interim School Superintendent Nancy Mann.


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