Montgomery County Sets The Standard In High School Sports Facilities —

But even with more schools, and a bigger selection of varsity sports provided to its students, Montgomery has managed to build and maintain better athletic facilities than Prince Georges. While there are exceptions on both sides, and even some similarities, sports facilities appear better overall for Montgomery County students. The biggest reason for this is because Montgomery puts more money into its athletics. Montgomery County Public Schools allocated $7.8 million to its athletics which represented about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget the last fiscal year. Prince Georges County Public Schools allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the countys $1.687 billion budget from last year. While Prince Georges has struggled to squeeze funds into basic maintenance needs, Montgomery has been able to stay on top of potential issues. Take gym floors for example. Between Prince Georges and Montgomery County high schools, Damascus High School has the oldest basketball court. It hasnt been replaced since the school was built in 1950.
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