Counties Call For Smarter School Construction Investment

County government officials kicked off a day of stakeholder input to the 21st Century School Facilities Commission this week in Annapolis. Representatives of Allegany, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties shared recommendations for how to improve the school capital improvement program, including specific suggestions to modify the timing of project approvals, incentivize value-engineering, mitigate rising costs, and expand financing capabilities.

The five panelists representing local government were given only 15 minutes to present, but within that time frame managed to convey many of the concerns and suggestions of county governments. Over the next several months, county governments will continue communication with the Commission through Commissioners Mel Franklin, Member, Prince George’s County Council and Jan Gardner, County Executive, Frederick County.

For more information about Thursday’s testimony, see:

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From L-R Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine, Frederick County Education Liaison Janice Spiegel, Queen Anne’s County Administrator Gregg Todd, Harford County Treasurer Robbie Sandlass, and Anne Arundel County Budget Director John Hammond testify before the 21st Century School Facilities Commission Thursday, July 21 in Annapolis.

Frederick County testimony to 21st Century Schools Commission

Queen Anne’s County testimony to the 21st Century School Facilities Commission

Anne Arundel testimony for 21st Century School Facilities Commission

MACo testimony to the 21st Century School Facilities Commission