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Board of Public Works approves $265M in school construction

ANNAPOLIS — The Board of Public Works has approved $265 million for school construction, but cash-strapped local officials are feeling the strain of finding money to operate them once they are built.

The board on Wednesday decided to give Charles County 120 days to work out a plan in finding operating costs for a new high school. The county determined it wouldn’t have about $10 million in operational funds for the school to open in 2013 as planned, so they are delaying construction of St. Charles High School for a year.

The state is deferring $6.8 million for the school until the operational costs are worked out to free up money for other projects.

The Board of Public Works is comprised of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.