Montgomery County Executive Proposes Additional Funds for School Construction

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As reported by the Gazette, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed an additional $41 million for school construction projects in fiscal 2015.

The extra funds would produce a total of more than $1.5 billion for Montgomery County Public Schools’ capital improvement program for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, compared to Leggett’s original proposal in January of about $1.1 billion.

The additional funding would help close the gap between the school board’s request and the funding provided in the County Executive’s proposed budget.

Before Leggett released his recommendation, the County Council’s Education Committee approved Monday a plan aimed at addressing the roughly $230 million gap between the school system’s request for capital funds and Leggett’s original proposal.

Now that additional funds have been provided, the Council’s Education Committee  will need to determine how this may alter their approved plan.