DAMASCUS, Md. - Students and parents in Montgomery County are using public hearings this week to demand funding, pointing to shocking conditions inside a number of local schools.
"We have roaches, rats, maggots and other unacceptable creatures in our school," Damascus High School senior Morgan Johnson told board members Monday.
"The ceiling leaks every time it rains."
The Montgomery County Board of Education is hearing testimony on Superintendent Joshua P. Starr's proposed budget for upcoming capital improvements.
Starr touts the plan's focus on overcrowding concerns, but many have criticized the budget proposal for delaying a range of renovation projects.
Dozens of speakers from several schools called on the board to address their pleas regarding inadequate, unsafe learning environments.
"We have learned to share the math basement with the impressive cockroach population. We have even given them names," said Johnson.
The board will hold the second of two hearings Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Carver Educational Services Center in Rockville.
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