Montgomery Council Approves Growth and Infrastructure Policy, Ends Building Moratorium

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy, formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy to support necessary infrastructure and new development. The policy ends the County's residential building moratorium at the end of this year, and incorporates several smart growth actions. Included in the policy are changes related to schools, transportation and taxes. The Council voted to eliminate the countywide development moratorium and replace it with a three-tiered Utilization Premium…

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MD Board of Ed Selects Firm to Lead Search for State Superintendent
Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent
MD Board of Ed Selects Firm to Lead Search for State Superintendent

The Maryland Board of Education has announced they will retain Greenwood/Asher & Associates to lead the search for the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. The firm will use a multi-phased search process including planning, community outreach, and a national recruitment strategy in order to assist the State Board in the process of selection and appointment of a new State Superintendent. From the press release: Dedicated exclusively to supporting educational organizations, Greenwood/Asher & Associates (G/A&A)…

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Maryland Interagency Commission on School Construction – November 12, 2020 Agenda

Maryland's Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) was established by the Board of Public Works to administer Maryland's Public School Construction Program and is chaired by State Superintendent of Schools, Karen Salmon. The IAC operates under the provisions of the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures for the Administration of the School Construction Program which are approved and amended by the Board of Public Works. It meets once a month and the meetings are open to the…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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CDAC Recommends Bond Authorization of $1,095 Million For FY 22

The State’s Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) chaired by State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, approved a recommendation during its meeting on October 19 to hold the State’s bond authorization at $1,095 million as the maximum amount of general obligation (GO) bonds to be authorized for FY22, and for planning purposes, $10 million annual increases (roughly 1% per year) in future fiscal years. This is the same amount authorized for fiscal 2021, while maintaining an annual 1%…

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Prince George’s Advances P3 Plan to Build Schools

The Prince George's County Council voted to advance a public-private partnership (P3) plan to build six new schools in the county. The county plans to build five new middle schools and one K-8 school by 2023 by partnering with contractors in a first of its kind initiative. The resolution was voted on (8-3) after previously being postponed due to concern of criticism including whether there was enough involvement of minority-owned businesses. This concern was alleviated…

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Fitch Affirms Calvert’s AAA Rating in Advance of $42 Million Bond Sale

Fitch Ratings this week affirmed Calvert County’s AAA bond rating in advance of the County's upcoming competitive bond sale. Fitch Ratings assigned a AAA rating to the following Calvert County general obligation (GO) bonds: $20.3 million consolidated public improvement and refunding bonds, 2020 series (tax-exempt) $21.7 million refunding bonds, 2020 (taxable) The bonds are scheduled for competitive sale on October 22. The proceeds will be used to finance certain public improvements and to refund certain…

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CDAC Starts Capital Debt Recommendation Process

The Capital Debt Affordability Committee held the first of three annual meetings, starting the process of recommending a level of capital debt for the State. The Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) is required to submit to the Governor and the General Assembly each year an estimate of the maximum amount of new general obligation debt that prudently may be authorized for the next fiscal year. Due to the passage of SB 85 in the 2019…

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Report: Baltimore County High Schools Need $1.2 Billion for Renovations/Expansions

A new report says that Baltimore County's 24 public high schools require renovations and expansions that could cost up to $1.2 billion. The report -- authored by consulting firm CannonDesign -- is part of a collaboration between Baltimore County Government and Baltimore County Public Schools to develop a long-range plan for identifying and prioritizing capital improvements to schools. The Multi-Year Improvement Plan for all Schools will assess capital needs based on a number of factors,…

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St. Mary’s Approves State Capital Improvements Program for Public School System

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County unanimously approved a letter of support for an increase to the county's public school system. The $8.1 million increase in funding to the St. Mary's County Public Schools (SMCPS) FY22-FY27 State Capital Improvement Program would cover several projects to improve school buildings and scheduled maintenance through 2027. From the press release: The life cycle replacement of building components is tracked through the SMCPS Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for Educational Facilities.…

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