This week, the Department of Legislative Services presented an analysis of the Interagency Committee on School Construction’s Operating Budget to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee’s Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee. MACo tracks issues in school construction on behalf of Maryland’s counties. While the State pays a portion of some school construction costs, Maryland counties dedicating substantial funding toward the total costs of school construction projects.
As described in the Budget Analysis,
The IAC goal is that the Public School Construction program promote equity in the quality of school facilities through the State. the accompanying objective is the improve, or at least hold constant, each LEA’s deviation from the statewide average age of square footage of school facilities. The baseline statewide average, determined in fiscal 2005, was 24 years old (constructed in 1981). . . The statewide average age of square footage has increased to 28 years in fiscal 2013.
For more information on the age of schools, including a county-by-county chart of age of schools, see the Department of Legislative Services Analysis of the Interagency Committee on School Construction FY 2015 Maryland Executive Budget.