A sharply divided Prince George's County (Md.) School Board has voted to spend $36 million on a new headquarters despite a request from the superintendent to delay action and a shortfall in the county government's budget. Last month, the County Council authorized the school board to include funding for a headquarters move in the school system's capital budget. Soon after, county officials said the financial climate was not right for the move. Then, the county government revealed this week that it faces a $48 million budget shortfall.
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FROM MAY 2008: The Prince George's County, Md., Council has agreed to let the school system buy a headquarters for $36 million, drawing criticism from some residents who believe new offices are unnecessary in a year when the council passed a tax increase to cope with the economic downturn. The funding will enable administrators to move their headquarters from a cramped former school that has served as the system's base for more than 20 years.
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