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When the Montgomery County Councilís Education Committee meets on Thursday, they will talk about how they can more closely monitor Montgomery County Public Schools spending, Councilwoman Valerie Ervin said.

The committee might ask the Office of Legislative Oversight to look further into the school systemís financial reporting, she said.

The committee has in the past relied on the school board to go through the details of the budget and then trusted the board to relay information to the council in a clear and concise way, without hiding anything, she said.

ďWe found out that that was wrong,Ē she said.

Last summer, the council accused the school system of hiding a $14.5 million budget surplus in its health care fund.

The countyís inspector general, Edward L. Blansitt III, reported in January that the school system needs to deliver clearer information in its monthly reports.

And the school systemís decision to provide two step increases for some employees this school year triggered Ervin and other council members to believe they needed to take a more active role in reviewing the school systemís budget.

The committee will talk Thursday about what other details they will require the school system to provide in its monthly financial reports going forward, Ervin said.