A promised and highly anticipated vote by the Harford County Board of Education to get plans for Red Pump Elementary School back on track never materialized at last night’s board meeting, dashing the hopes of PTA leaders that a new school will be built to relieve overcrowding in the greater Bel Air area anytime soon.
Not only did the board fail to vote on reopening the bid process for Red Pump, the board gutted funding from the project as well. In all, a total of $12,355,000 in actual funding or hoped-for funding was removed from the board’s capital account for Red Pump, $10 million of which was transferred to Campus Hills.
Problem is, the Harford County Council has to approve all those transfers. Harford County Council President Billy Boniface said none of the Red Pump money could be used anywhere else without the approval of the council and that by now, Red Pump “should be 6 months into construction.”