Business owners and parents jammed themselves into a meeting this week of the Wicomico County Council considering a Board of Education request for an increase in funding for the local schools.
Among the programs backed by many in the audience was Superintendent Donna Hanlin’s “Imagine 2022” plan.
WBOC reports that among other features it envisions a county-wide Pre-K program along with increasing teacher salaries to avoid turnover.
The Board of Education is requesting an additional $7 million for its 2019 fiscal budget.
But Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said there was not enough money for what the school board wanted to do.
He went on to list a number of investments the county is making including $12 million for a new sheriff’s office.
Meanwhile, Wicomico County Council President John Cannon said in order to find the money other budget requests would have to be cut.