Harford County Executive David Craig said today that he will send the Harford County Council an amendment to his proposed FY10 capital budget to add funding in the “12 – 13 million dollar range” for the planned school at Red Pump Elementary.
Craig’s budget already contains a similar request for Campus Hills, although Craig said he expected that the council would essentially shift funds from Campus Hills to Red Pump and in dollar terms, “it will be a wash.” Craig said the exact terms of the amendment would be known next week.
Despite the actions he anticipated from the council, Craig said “I don’t think either school solves the problem. I think you need both schools.” Craig said he made the decision to keep both schools in his budget proposal after a private meeting with PTA leaders who told him on Tuesday that they wanted a school to move forward.
Harford County Council President Billy Boniface said he believed the council would approve an amendment requesting additional funds for Red Pump, although Red Pump already had funding through the beginning phase of construction. But he thought the council was unlikely to support additional funding for Campus Hills until the traffic and infrastructure issues surrounding the site were resolved.