MACo Announces 2020 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize education funding, school construction, health crises, and implied preemption in the 2020 session.  MACo’s Legislative Committee voted at their September 18, 2019 meeting to adopt the Association’s four priorities for the 2020 Session. These issues cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General Assembly. School Funding – Funding Fairness, County Role The 2020 Session will feature a generational debate about school…

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State To Hold Counties Harmless for School Construction Funding

After careful consideration, the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) will hold counties harmless for school construction funding during FY 2021 and FY 2022. Last year, the authority to grant funding for public school construction projects switched from the Board of Public Works (made up of the Governor, Comptroller, and Treasurer) to the IAC through the 21st Century School Facilities Act, which passed through the Maryland General Assembly in 2018. During the IAC’s September 12 meeting,…

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School Construction Workgroup Considers Deficiency Scores Weighting and Calculations

Complicated weighting formula is dissected and discussed at the meeting of the Work Group on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities. Yesterday, members of the Work Group of the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, a group created by the General Assembly's 2018 21st Century School Facilities Act, met to continue conversations on assessing and funding school facilities in Maryland. Robert Gorrell, the Executive Director of the Interagency Commission on School Construction, led Work…

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Howard Council to Consider Raising School Facilities Surcharge on Developers

Howard County Councilmembers Christiana Mercer Rigby and Deb Jung this week pre-filed legislation to raise the School Facilities Surcharge on newly-constructed residential units in Howard County. The Maryland General Assembly this year authorized Howard County to enact a local law that provides for an annual adjustment in the amount of the school facilities surcharge. “Looking to the future, our public infrastructure projects must be adequately funded in Howard County,” said Mercer Rigby. “We are taking the…

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Community Recommends Name for Anne Arundel’s Newest High School
Crofton Area High School (photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Community Recommends Name for Anne Arundel’s Newest High School

More than 320 people favor naming the Anne Arundel County’s first new high school in nearly four decades Crofton High School. The name was among 75 up for consideration at a meeting of parents and community members tonight at Crofton Middle School. In addition to the vote, Principal Kathryn Feuerherd spoke to these in attendance about her vision for the school and introduced school staff. According to a press release: In a single round of…

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Hogan Talks Education, Land Use, & Rural Broadband at 2019 Summer #MACoCon

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan gave the closing address to the 2019 MACo Summer Conference on August 17, touching on a variety of issues including: economic growth, land use, rural broadband, and education. Referencing the conference theme of “Winds of Change,” Hogan stated that “we have brought real and lasting change to Maryland.”   Economic Growth Hogan stated that Maryland has had “the biggest economic turnaround in America” and has gone from losing more than 100,000…

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Build New or Maintain? Total Cost of School Facilities Explained

The Public School Construction Program hosts a webinar on the total cost of facility ownership for school facilities. The operation and maintenance of a facility can make up half of the total costs of a facility (including construction) over a 30 year period. It's something to keep in mind when considering the costs of school construction in Maryland according to the State's Director of Public School Construction, Bob Gorrell. In a recent webinar on the…

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Sign Up For Your Hard Hat, and Facility Tour, at #MACoCon

One of MACo's breakout sessions will feature a walk-through of energy-saving facilities built into the Convention Center - sign up to reserve your slot, and hard hat! Energy performance can either save money…or waste it. In this session, participants will go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ocean City Convention Center as we explore the mechanical and electrical systems that keep a building running. The hands-on demonstration will show you how to maximize your building’s…

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Looking for State Budget Info? There’s an App for That

Governor Larry Hogan and the heads of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) last week announced the launch of the “Maryland Transparency Portal,” a new web-based application geared towards ensuring residents are better informed about the details of the state budget. “Making sure that people can understand the fundamentals of the state’s budgeting system is necessary if we hope to foster the growth of an informed populace,”…

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