County Officials Explore School Construction Funding at #MACoCon

At the 2019 MACo Winter Conference session, “Change Order: Is a Shift in School Construction Funding on the Way?,” attendees learned about the Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, the recommendations that came out of it, and what the 2020 Maryland Legislative Session may hold for the Build to Learn Act.

Crofton Area High School
Crofton Area High School (photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools)

Perry Willis, Executive Director of Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools started off the discussion by going through the background of Workgroup recommendations and the necessity of completing the Assessment of all school facilities before making final decisions on recommendations.

Director of Capital Programs for Prince George’s County Public Schools, Shawn Matlock, took a more technical approach explaining the alternative methods of procurement and school funding in the modern day and what has changed.

MACo’s Executive Director, Michael Sanderson, wrapped up the discussion by giving the MACo perspective, and connecting the remaining issues with larger political and practical considerations.

The session was moderated by Senator Doug Peters and was held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for the Future,” was held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

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