Councilman Ladd: Schools Benefiting from Budget Actions

In his latest monthly column, Councilman Dick Ladd writes about how local schools are getting more than 100 new teachers thanks to the passage of the 2013 fiscal year budget.

The following is from the August edition of a column written by Anne Arundel County Councilman Dick Ladd (R-5th District), a resident of the Broadneck peninsula. Ladd submits his columns to Patch each month. It is edited by Patch for style.

During July, the council considered and passed a number of budget- and administrative-related bills needed to implement the 2013 budget in addition to considering charter-review proposals.

Some of the 2013 budget actions are starting to actualize. The allocation process of the 100 additional teachers reflects very good news for both the Severna Park and Broadneck High School feeder districts.

Additional Severna Park teaching positions go to Benfield ES (2nd grade), Folger McKinsey Elementary School (1st grade), Jones Elementary (kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grades), Oak Hill Elementary School (kindergarten), Severna Park Elementary School (5th grade) and Shipley’s Choice (3rd grade).

Additional Broadneck teaching positions go to Broadneck Elementary School (5th grade), Broadneck High School and Cape St. Claire Elementary School (1st grade). Final adjustments based on class size projections will be made through the end of August.

On the construction side, ground is being prepared to initiate construction of Severna Park’s additional kindergarten rooms. Bids are being solicited for the new Eastern District Police Station on Pasadena Road just east of Ritchie Highway.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Aug. 2 for the initial section (Phase 1A) of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail. This initial section will extend along the north side of College Parkway from Green Holly Drive to Cape St. Claire Road and down Cape St. Claire Road to Walnut Ridge Road (Phase 1B to continue on to Bay Head Road remains unfunded.)

Design work for Phase 2 of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail from Green Holly west to Bay Dale Drive is projected for completion late this summer with construction funding currently programmed for FY 2015.

The council has considered about 20 proposed changes for the County Charter, six of which have already been approved by the council for ratification on the November ballot.

I expect at least eight more to be approved on Monday. The most significant changes will deal with the conditions that permit disqualifying or otherwise removing the county executive or a member of the County Council from office and the process for selecting a replacement.

Our final deliberations will occur Monday. I plan to review the ballot propositions next month.

We send our sincere best wishes to the new president of the Anne Arundel Community College, Dr. Dawn Lindsay, and to the new police chief, Larry Tolliver.

Councilman Dick Ladd can be contacted via email at ccladd22@aacounty.org.

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