WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Leggett: Montgomery County Will Find Money For New Schools

Play associated audio

It's the second day of classes in Montgomery County, but Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is already looking ahead to next year when it comes to further school improvements that need to be made. 

Flora Singer Elementary in Silver Spring opened its doors for the first time yesterday, but many  more new and renovated school buildings are needed in a school system that has seen an enrollment increase of more than 10,000 students in the past decade. 

It will cost a lot of money to keep up with that rising enrollment. Singer Elementary cost almost $23 million to build, and the General Assembly is requiring Montgomery County to spend more money on aspects of education not connected to school construction. 

But county executive Isiah Leggett says when new school buildings or renovations are needed, they will be done.

"The challenge will not be in education. It may well be in other areas that we have to cut back," Leggett says. "We are going to make sure that we have the teachers that are going to be paid properly, we will make sure we have the staff, the buildings, and all the equipment needed for those buildings to ensure that we are properly educating our kids."

Public safety will also not be cut, Leggett added, which leaves many programs on the table. The executive would not offer further specifics. 

NPR

Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.
WAMU 88.5

Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
NPR

Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.