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Commissioners Working on Budget Without Commitment of $1.8 Million for School Board

May 19th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Commissioners expect to finalize the county’s FY ’17 budget early next month and at this point have not committed to provide the additional $1.8 million the board of education has been seeking. The funding issue has become a major point of concern for school board members with board president Ed Root saying the allocation from the county is simply not adequate to address the real needs of the school system. The commissioners have actually increased funding to the board by more than $320,000 over last year- an action mandated as a result of the state’s maintenance of effort formula.  Board members say the cuts will translate to larger class sizes, less course offerings and staff working more than one job.  Board vice president Laurie Marchini is encouraging citizens to lobby the commissioners for additional education funding…


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