Different Angles on a New State School Construction Program

Several ideas were raised by Commissioners and local governments testifying before the 21st Century School Facilities Commission today on what to change, and what to keep, about the state school construction program. In a letter to the State Superintendent, Martin Knott, Chair of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission stated, “. . . the IAC may undergo changes … Continue reading Different Angles on a New State School Construction Program

Letter to Superintendent Predicts Possible Changes to School Construction Agency

The Chair of the 21st School Facilities Commission writes to inform Maryland’s Education Secretary of the Commission’s pending recommendations, including changes to the State’s school construction program. The Chair of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission has contacted the State Superintendent anticipating changes in the “very near future” to the State’s Interagency Committee on School Construction. … Continue reading Letter to Superintendent Predicts Possible Changes to School Construction Agency

State Eyes Reconstruction Of Freight Rail Bottleneck

The Maryland Department of Transportation plans to reapply for a federal grant to reconstruct the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore, Governor Larry Hogan and CSX CEO Michael Ward announced today. The grant application is for $155 million. The Howard Street Tunnel is 121 years old and its current height restrictions prohibit double-stacked containers from leaving … Continue reading State Eyes Reconstruction Of Freight Rail Bottleneck

Q&A: Keeping Up With School Construction

MACo has adopted four top priorities for the 2017 General Assembly Session. This post outlines MACo’s school construction priority. For additional information about MACo’s priorities, read all of MACo’s top initiatives. Q: Why is School Construction a County Issue? A: Schools have a vital role in every community and are important to quality of life throughout … Continue reading Q&A: Keeping Up With School Construction

Back to the Future on School Construction

The former Maryland Planning Secretary testifies before a Commission seeking to modernize the State’s school construction program. At this week’s meeting of the the 21st Century School Facilities Commission, the Commission heard testimony today from former Secretary of Planning, Rich Hall. During this presentation, Hall emphasized the value of the current system of school construction project review … Continue reading Back to the Future on School Construction

Predictability in School Construction Funding

Two meetings in Annapolis yesterday raised the predictability of funding for local school systems alongside goals of debt restraint and ideas for reform of funding decision processes.  In a morning meeting of the Capital Debt Affordability Committee this week, the Committee heard presentations from the Department of Budget and Management  and the public school construction program, among others. A few … Continue reading Predictability in School Construction Funding

Rising to the Surface in School Construction

As counties and the State’s 21st Century School Facilities Commission study school construction, a few topics emerge as focal points for change. At this year’s MACo Conference, Chair of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission, Martin Knott, and MACo’s representative to the Commission, Jan Gardner shared insights into school constuction in a panel moderated by Delegate … Continue reading Rising to the Surface in School Construction

‘Systemic Renovations’ Use More Than 1/3 of State School Construction Funding

A publication from the Interagency Committee on School Construction lists the projects that will receive funding in the 2017 fiscal year. The Summary of Project Requests & Approvals reports an FY 2017 school construction allocation of $368 million from the State with funding for 208 out of 263 project requests. The $368 million consists of $280 million FY … Continue reading ‘Systemic Renovations’ Use More Than 1/3 of State School Construction Funding

Counties Call For Smarter School Construction Investment

County government officials kicked off a day of stakeholder input to the 21st Century School Facilities Commission this week in Annapolis. Representatives of Allegany, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties shared recommendations for how to improve the school capital improvement program, including specific suggestions to modify the timing of project approvals, incentivize value-engineering, … Continue reading Counties Call For Smarter School Construction Investment

Frederick County Executive Talks School Construction with Dr. Lever

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner spoke with Dr. David Lever of the Public School Construction Program in the latest episode of Community Conversations, a weekly show on Frederick County Government TV designed to keep the citizens of Frederick County informed and involved with their local government. Gardner spoke about: The process of building a school and partnership with the … Continue reading Frederick County Executive Talks School Construction with Dr. Lever