School Construction Work Group Concerned About School Facilities Assessment Process

The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities met on October 20 for a fourth time, without school facilities assessment data, despite deadline. The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, created by 2021 legislation, met on October 20 expecting to consider data captured by the School Facilities Assessment, managed by the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC). Instead, IAC Director Robert Gorrell took questions from the workgroup on the status of data collection…

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$25M of Grant Funding Awarded to 4 Institutions of Higher Education

At the October 20 Board of Public Works meeting, Governor Larry Hogan announced that $25.3 million in grant funding was awarded to four Maryland institutions of higher learning. The recipients -- Mount St. Mary’s University, Carroll Community College, Cecil College, and Howard Community College -- were approved to receive four individual capital grant agreements, totaling $25.3 million, to support capital projects. The grants will be administered through the Maryland Department of General Services’ (DGS) Capital Grants…

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Capital Debt Affordability Committee Recommends $900M Bond Authorization for FY 23

Today, the State's Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) approved a recommendation to set the State's bond authorization at $900 million for fiscal year 2023. The committee, chaired by State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, expressed cautious optimism about the State's fiscal health while considering the limit on new state capital debt for the next fiscal year. After a lively discussion and several staff presentations, the committee settled on a recommendation of $900 million. Kopp was the only…

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IAC Releases FY 2021 Maintenance Report on Public Schools

The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) published the FY 2021 Maintenance of Maryland’s Public School Buildings Report, detailing an overview of maintenance assessments conducted at selected schools in each Maryland public school system. The report provides an overview of all Maryland public schools, based on a sampling of 268 schools from around the state, as well as county-specific profiles on the conditions of school facilities. (The overview begins on page 16 and the county-specific…

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School Facilities Workgroup Considers Proposed Categories for School Facility Assessments

The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities had a substantive discussion on September 22, with conversation focusing on a proposed set of 9 categories on how to assess the condition of school facilities. The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, created by 2021 legislation, held its third meeting virtually this week. The majority of the conversation focused on the Facility Condition Index (FCI) and educational facilities sufficiency standards along…

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Ventilation and Air Filtration at the Forefront of September 9 IAC Meeting

On September 9, the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) met virtually to discuss project updates and topics front-of-mind as Maryland kids go back to school. The commission considered Baltimore City school ventilation and A.C., following the recent closure of some city schools due to insufficient or nonexistent air conditioning and air filtration, which health experts say is critical to mitigating COVID-19 transmission. Governor Hogan took up the issue at a September 1 Board of Public Works meeting…

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MDOT Releases Draft Six-Year Capital Budget, HUR “Cliff Effect” Looms

This week, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) released its Draft FY 2022 – FY 2027 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details MDOT's $16.4 billion six-year capital budget. The Draft CTP reflects a $1.2 billion increase compared to the $15.2 billion Final FY 2021 – FY 2026 CTP released in January. The largest drivers of the revenue increase in the Draft CTP include COVID relief funds totaling $841 million and revenue growth totaling $488 million.…

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US Department of Education Releases Resource for Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Improve School Ventilation Systems

The U.S. Department of Education released a resource to help schools, colleges, and universities improve their ventilation systems to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide healthy learning environments. The resource outlines how American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds can be used to improve indoor air quality and is part of the Department's broader efforts to support schools as they prepare to welcome students back to in-person learning this fall and build back better. The release…

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School Facilities Workgroup Focuses on “Facility Condition Index”

The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities had a substantive discussion on July 28, with some conversation focusing on the still-in-development "condition index" as a potential means for evaluating current condition of school buildings. The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, created by 2021 legislation, held its second meeting virtually this week. The majority of the discussion centered on presentations from the staff of the Interagency Commission on School…

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Cecil, CCPS Collaborate On Innovative School Construction Approach

Cecil County and Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) have made significant progress in their collaborative planning efforts for the new North East Middle School construction project. An exciting outcome of these discussions has been the growing interest of both the County and the school system to expand construction to also include North East High School as part of the project. This would create a comprehensive grade 6-12 middle/high school complex on property the County recently…

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