Dust Settles on State’s Revised School Construction Contributions

The Board of Public Works limits the changes in percents to one year, and holds all counties harmless from reductions in percent contributions from the State.  Maryland counties and the state share responsibility for funding school construction for the K-12 school system. The amount of funding that the state provides to an individual school system … Continue reading Dust Settles on State’s Revised School Construction Contributions

Numbers Show County Commitment to School Construction

An analysis by the Department of Legislative Services to the 21st Century School Facilities Commission reveals nearly $2 billion of budgeted expenditures by county governments from fiscal years 2013 to 2015, plus additional cash contributions.   The county commitment to school construction throughout Maryland was clear this morning in the 21st Century School Facilities Commission … Continue reading Numbers Show County Commitment to School Construction

State Can Step Back From School Construction Reviews, Says Subcommittee

The Process Process, Procedure, and Educational Specifications Subcommittee discussed recommendations to the Knott Commission regarding areas where the state’s process can be scaled back to streamline school construction in Maryland. At today’s meeting of the process subcommittee of the Knott Commission on 21st Century School Facilities, the subcommittee discussed and voted on several recommendations to reduce … Continue reading State Can Step Back From School Construction Reviews, Says Subcommittee

State Raises School Construction Cost Estimates to $302/sf

The Public School Construction program has updated the estimated cost of new school construction, increasing it by $9 from the rate used last year. The five year escalation has been dramatic – from $215 to $303, during a time of only modest general inflation. As presented by the Executive Director of the Public School Construction … Continue reading State Raises School Construction Cost Estimates to $302/sf

Dates to Watch for School Construction News

The fall calendar is filling up with dates to watch for updates in school construction. These are public meetings, so you may attend or check Conduit Street for reports and updates. On September 29, 2017 the Capital Debt Affordability Committee will make its recommendation of general obligation bond authorization. Time: 10 am Place: Assembly Room #114-116, 80 Calvert … Continue reading Dates to Watch for School Construction News

Public School Construction Head Proposes Flat Funding Despite Cost Increases

This week’s Capital Debt Affordability Committee (CDAC) meeting included presentations and discussion on the State’s public school construction program. MACo tracks the work of this committee as county governments are partners with the State in funding new school construction. This was Bob Gorrell’s first presentation before CDAC. Gorrell is the new Executive Director of the … Continue reading Public School Construction Head Proposes Flat Funding Despite Cost Increases

Revised State Share Percentages for School Construction May Be Revised Again

At this week’s meeting of the Interagency Committee on School Construction, revised rates for the State’s school construction contributions were withdrawn and a communication from the State Public School Construction Program Office indicates that the percentages may be recalculated again. As stated previously, the original draft percentages for the State’s share in school construction projects … Continue reading Revised State Share Percentages for School Construction May Be Revised Again

Questions Abound on State’s Draft Adequacy Standards for School Construction

The Agenda for the Interagency Committee on  School Construction’s meeting today included notes from local school systems on the State’s proposed adequacy standards for school construction. Comments ranged from general concerns to specific issues, including: “There is concern that smaller systemic projects may no longer receive State funding.” -Harford County Public Schools “Will these standards … Continue reading Questions Abound on State’s Draft Adequacy Standards for School Construction

What’s Happening With School Construction?

Over the past month, there have been several announcements with regard to the State’s funding and review of school construction projects. Here is a brief update on the subject. New Timetable for School Construction Requests The Board of Public Works will now begin meeting with local school system representatives in October, rather than in January. … Continue reading What’s Happening With School Construction?

9 Counties Could See a Decrease in State’s School Construction Funding Share in 2019

The Interagency Committee on School Construction has recommended revised state cost share percentages to the Board of Public Works. As described in the IAC meeting agenda, the state contributions on a percentage basis to four local education agencies (LEAs, or school boards), will increase, while the state contribution to nine others will decrease. The Percentage … Continue reading 9 Counties Could See a Decrease in State’s School Construction Funding Share in 2019