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Senate to Prince George's: Nix that School HQ

The Maryland State Senate this morning agreed to an unexpected amendment to the state budget: It made $36 million in school funding to Prince George's contingent on the county's school board nixing a plan to move its headquarters to a new office building.

The decision to lease the buildings to replace a decrepit former school in Upper Marlboro has been highly controversial in the county and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Prince George's) has been vocal in his opposition.

But the Board of Education has already signed a contract for the building and begun to move in. At least one school board meeting has been held in the new facility. It is not at all clear if it has the option of backing out at this point.

The Senate move may be more symbolic than anything. The House of Delegates did not include a similar item when adopting its budget proposal last week and it may not survive a conference between the two bodies. But Prince George's senators supported the swat at the county school board. It was proposed by delegation chairman Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D) on behalf of the group.

"The economic condition does not really afford them to move ahead," he said on the Senate floor moments ago.

-- John Wagner and Rosalind S. Helderman

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 2, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , Prince George's County  
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