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BOE Blasts Commissioners Over Funding

June 13th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

For a second consecutive year, the Allegany County Board of Education has blasted the County Commissioners for what board members say is a failure to prioritize education. The school board, after several years of requesting no additional new funds from the county, had been seeking a slight increase for the upcoming fiscal year- however the commissioners ultimately decided to flat fund education, providing the required “maintenance of effort”. The commissioner’s decision was based largely on the state’s decision to shift the cost of teacher pensions to local governments over the next four years.  Board member Mike Llewellyn, during Tuesday afternoon’s work session, said that maintenance of effort on the part of the county demonstrates the low priority has among the current board of commissioners. He further stated that it’s the school board that will suffer most from the pension shift- not the county commissioners…

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