2014 Session Wrap-Up: School Construction

This post summarizes the status of bills affecting K-12 school construction in the 2014 Legislative Session. Creation of a State Debt – Qualified Zone Academy Bonds: HB 190/SB 218, provides $4,625,000 in grant funding to the Interagency Committee on School Construction and the Maryland State Department of Education for renovation, repair and capital improvement to […]

St. Mary’s County Schools Return Unspent Construction Funds to Government

St. Mary’s County school board decided earlier this week to return $187,592 of unspent school construction funds back to county government. The money will be transferred to St. Mary’s County account for capital improvement projects and be used for other county construction projects in the future. From the SoMdNews.com article, Kim Howe, director of capital […]

Three Counties Work Together for School Construction Funding

The County Executives from Prince George’s, Montgomery and Baltimore Counties stood together in unity to announce that they will work together to develop legislation requesting additional funding for school modernization and construction, as reported by Montgomery County’s press office. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Baltimore County […]

Montgomery County Announces School Construction Funding Initiative

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today joined County, school and State officials in urging the Governor and the Maryland General Assembly to support legislation that would benefit Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) similar to a bill passed last year for the Baltimore City Public Schools, as reported by the County’s Press Office. The legislation would […]

Prevailing Wage Task Force to Examine School Construction Projects

The General Assembly recently appointed a task force to study the applicability of the Maryland Prevailing Wage Law.  While the main focus of the task force is school construction projects, it will also look at Maryland prevailing wage laws compared to other states and the effects of prevailing wage laws on construction costs, community well-being, […]

Debt Affordability Committee Considers School Construction

The State’s Capital Debt Affordability Committee heard a presentation today from the Public School Construction Program Director, David Lever. The agenda for the meeting included a review of several capital programs including school construction. During his time before the Committee, Dr. Lever provided an overview of the challenges of keeping school construction and renovation at […]

Sustainable Cities Network Hosts Free Webinar on Deconstruction

The Sustainable Cities Network is offering a free webinar on “Maximizing Reuse and Recycling Through Deconstruction” on Thursday, August 29 at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.  From email invitation:  Deconstruction is the process of systematically removing a building or structure by taking it apart in the reverse order of construction, with a goal of maximizing reuse and recycling. It’s […]