Salisbury, MD -- January 24, 2012 Wicomico County Council members voiced their approval Tuesday to send a letter of intent in support of the Bennett Middle School project to the state Board of Public Works. The County Council held an emergency legislative session on Tuesday regarding the Capital Budget and 5-year program. As part of the $35.2 million total request from county departments, the Bennett Middle School project was the budgetary issue discussed. The Bennett Middle School project, which has been a top priority for County Executive Rick Pollitt, received a favorable 4 to 3 vote from the County Council today one week after the council initially voted the matter down.
“Today, Wicomico County took a giant step forward as a community,” Pollitt said, “We have shown that through collaboration and cooperation, supported by a vigorous body of concerned citizens, local government can change its mind and act responsibly when pursuing a vision for the future of our county. ”
The Board of Public Works – through the Interagency Committee for School Construction (IAC) -- requires that the County Council submit a letter of intent to fund Bennett Middle School. This letter of support will now allow the County to receive state funds – currently recommended at $4.5 million—towards the completion of the project. Pollitt will join other officials from the school system in Annapolis before the Board of Public Works on Wednesday, seeking to increase the level of State funding to as much as $10 million.