Conflict and Consistency in County, School Board Views on School Construction

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education testimony on the 21st Century School Facilities Act conflicts with MACo’s in some areas. On March 8, the 21st Century School Facilities Act was heard in the House Appropriations Committee. Both MACo and MABE took a position of support with amendments, speaking in favor of the bill overall, … Continue reading Conflict and Consistency in County, School Board Views on School Construction

Improve State Assessment of School Construction Needs

House Bill 1495 would establish educational facilities sufficiency standards and a facility condition index and use the index to rank all of Maryland’s public schools. This can help accurately inform the State and counties about what school construction needs exist here in Maryland. However, the indexing of facilities through a ranking system are a concern … Continue reading Improve State Assessment of School Construction Needs

Progress is Slow, But More Certain on School Construction

Legislation based on a statewide school construction Commission’s findings is introduced in the General Assembly, and it is off to a good start. The 21st Century School Facility Commission’s work took place over two years, and the legislation, HB 1783, is a late-introduction in the 2018 Session. However a quickly-scheduled hearing that included much support … Continue reading Progress is Slow, But More Certain on School Construction

Conduit Street Podcast: Local Roads Funding “Deal,” BRFA Hearings, Unpacking the Big School Construction Bill, & School Safety

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss a potential “deal” on local roads funding, explain MACo’s position on the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA), break down the Knott Commission school construction legislation, and examine a new proposal for funding to enhance school safety across Maryland. MACo has made … Continue reading Conduit Street Podcast: Local Roads Funding “Deal,” BRFA Hearings, Unpacking the Big School Construction Bill, & School Safety

Unpacking the School Construction Legislation

The 31-page bill based on recommendations from the 21st Century School Facilities Commission has many elements of importance to county governments. The Knott Commission bill, expecting to be a major piece of legislation in the 2018 Session of the General Assembly has now been introduced. One of the main questions with regard to the Knott … Continue reading Unpacking the School Construction Legislation

Keep Continuity in County Construction Contract Process

MACo Research Director Robin Eilenberg testified before the Senate Education and Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in support with amendments of Senate Bill 778, “Procurement – Payment Security – Construction Contracts”, on February 27, 2018. The bill would require contractors on construction contracts exceeding $100,000 to provide payment security in the amount of 100 percent of … Continue reading Keep Continuity in County Construction Contract Process

School Construction Costs Are Rising, Grant Funding Would Start to Right the Ship

MACo Research Director Robin Eilenberg testified in support of Senate Bill 611, “Education – Healthy School Facility Fund – Established”, before the Senate Education and Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 27, 2018. This bill establishes the Healthy School Fund which provides grant money to public schools to improve school facilities. With school construction … Continue reading School Construction Costs Are Rising, Grant Funding Would Start to Right the Ship

List of 2019 School Construction Projects Approved for State Funding

The current year’s Capital Improvement Program as approved by the Board of Public Works on January 24th, 2018 is now available online. As described, this is part of the way through the approval process for 2019 projects. In January, the Board of Public Works approved the recommendations of the IAC for 75% of the Governor’s preliminary … Continue reading List of 2019 School Construction Projects Approved for State Funding

Another Way To Skin the School Construction Cat

MACo Research Director, Robin Eilenberg, testified in support with amendments of Senate Bill 92, “Maryland School Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2018”, in front of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on January 31, 2018. This bill aims to change current school construction laws that would increase flexibility for county and local governments in their ability … Continue reading Another Way To Skin the School Construction Cat

Final Knott Commission on School Construction Report Released

The final report is released for the Commission Chair’s briefings for the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. The 21st Century School Facilities Commission (Knott Commission) final report has been released and the recommendations, at first glance, seem to be largely in line with the Commission’s prior discussions. In the briefing for … Continue reading Final Knott Commission on School Construction Report Released