Maryland Board of Public Works – May 10, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room (2nd floor) of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

Maryland Board of Public Works – April 26, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room (2nd floor) of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

Maryland Board of Public Works – April 5, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room (2nd floor) of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

Maryland Board of Public Works – March 22, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room (2nd floor) of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

Maryland Board of Public Works – March 8, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting and bond sale will be held in the Assembly Room of the Treasury Building, 80 Calvert Street in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

Maryland Board of Public Works – February 22, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

Board Approves Hiring of Maryland School Construction Chief

The Board of Public Works unanimously approved Robert Gorrell on Wednesday to head Maryland’s school construction program.

As reported in The Baltimore Sun,

Gorrell, who has led New Mexico’s school construction efforts, was recruited to head the Interagency Committee on School Construction after a nationwide search. State schools Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, who chairs the five-member committee, said Gorrell was the panel’s unanimous choice.

The committee oversees the state’s distribution of school construction money — which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars each year — to Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

Gorrell’s predecessor, David Lever, was a target of Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot last year after he was caught in the middle of a dispute over the pace of installing air conditioning in Baltimore and Baltimore County schools.

Lever, who had held the job since 2003, resigned in protest last May over the board’s decisions overruling local school systems and its members’ treatment of local school superintendents. Hogan said at the time that he welcomed his departure.

Useful Links

Previous Conduit Street Coverage on School Construction

Baltimore Sun Article

Maryland Board of Public Works – February 8, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.

State Restores School Construction Money for Baltimore City, Baltimore County

The state’s Board of Public Works reinstated $10 million of school construction money for Baltimore City and Baltimore County Wednesday, after the school districts presented plans to install air conditioning in overheated classrooms.

The decision came as the board, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, held its annual “begathon,” in which superintendents from around the state are summoned to Annapolis to discuss their requests for school construction money.

According to The Baltimore Sun,

The city plans to cool all of its schools within five years, and the county has plans to install air conditioning within four years.

“We really appreciate the effort,” Gov. Larry Hogan told city schools CEO Sonja Santelises.

But Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot were less enthusiastic about Baltimore County’s plans.

“I have some healthy skepticism … I think the jury is still out,” Franchot told county schools Superintendent Dallas Dance.

The total state budget for school construction is $334 million. The board was discussing the first 75 percent of that amount — $213 million. The requests are for the budget year that begins July 1.

School superintendents were called before the board in alphabetical order to pitch their plans and answer questions, a process expected to last well into the afternoon.

In the current budget year, the board withheld $5 million from the city and $10 million from the county over the lack of air conditioning in schools.

After the meeting, Santelises said she was pleased to receive the $5 million that had been withheld.

“The real win is for the city, and that we now have an example of what it means to come together around something,” she said.

Santelises said the school system will need to figure out which projects to spend the money on.

“The release of this $5 million will allow us to get some vital infrastructure projects done,” she said. “It’s a big deal.”

Baltimore County, likewise, will need to evaluate how to spend the money that is being released, Dance said. He said he plans to return to the Board of Public Works to offer more details on how the final 13 schools will get air conditioning, in hopes of getting the rest of the money that was withheld.

“We’re excited to get the $5 million back but as I shared with the governor, I hope we can add $5 million to that very soon,” he said.

While money was restored for Baltimore city and Baltimore County, the board withheld from Howard County $9.6 million of next year’s school construction money.

Hogan said he was not satisfied with Howard Superintendent Renee Foose’s answers to questions about how a mold problem at one of the county’s schools has been handled.

Hogan indicated the money could be restored after the board reviews a report on the issue that’s forthcoming and “we can really assess what’s going on with the mold issue.”

Useful Links

Baltimore Sun Article

Previous Conduit Street Coverage of the “Begathon”

Maryland Board of Public Works – January 25, 2017 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have effect on county governments. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public.  The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis.

The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. Material for the upcoming meeting is available online:

For “frequently asked questions” about the Board’s charge and meetings, visit the Board’s website.