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

Business, Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, and Construction Combine at the #MACoCon Governor’s Cabinet Reception

MACo would like to thank the Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA), the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Conduent, and Global Automakers Association for sponsoring the Governor’s Cabinet Reception the MACo’s Summer Conference, this August 16-19 in Ocean City, MD. The Governor’s Cabinet Reception will allow conference guests to meet members of the Governor’s Cabinet over refreshments. … Continue reading Business, Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, and Construction Combine at the #MACoCon Governor’s Cabinet Reception

Montgomery Approves Purple Line Construction On County Property

The Montgomery County Council granted legal approval Tuesday for the state to build and operate the Purple Line on county-owned land. The franchise agreement has a term of 70 years and authorizes the state to build, operate and maintain the project in county right-of-way. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reinstated … Continue reading Montgomery Approves Purple Line Construction On County Property

More Support and Less Regulation, School Construction Head Suggests

Bob Gorrell, the State’s new school construction head addressed the 21st Century School Facilities Commission in Annapolis at the first meeting of the Commission since January. Gorrell emphasized how Maryland could work towards greater equity and quality of school facilities statewide through adopting some of the methods used in New Mexico, where he served previously as Executive … Continue reading More Support and Less Regulation, School Construction Head Suggests

Ideas Add Up to a 10% Reduction in County School Construction Costs

Frederick County School Construction Work Group Presents Cost Savings in Final Report. As reported by Frederick County, a work group appointed by County Executive Gardner has met its charge by identifying means to reduce school construction costs by 8-10%. Some items identified in the report include changes to the construction of schools, such as: reducing the overall … Continue reading Ideas Add Up to a 10% Reduction in County School Construction Costs

County and School System Partner on School Construction 10-Year Plan

At yesterday’s meeting of the Association of School Business Officers in Ocean City, Anne Arundel County’s Education Officer Amalie Brandenberg and Schools COO Alex Szachnowicz presented “Transparent, Data Driven and Inclusive,” about the county’s Facilities Utilization Master Plan. Maryland’s counties regularly share the importance of transparency in the area of school construction. Since school boards do … Continue reading County and School System Partner on School Construction 10-Year Plan

Boycott by Hogan Officials Puts $113M in School Construction Money in Limbo

At Gov. Larry Hogan’s behest, two Cabinet members boycotted a meeting of a little- known state committee Thursday, effectively putting on hold at least $113 million worth of school construction projects across the state. According to The Baltimore Sun, A Hogan spokesman said that was an unintended consequence of a deliberately orchestrated protest. “We’re not … Continue reading Boycott by Hogan Officials Puts $113M in School Construction Money in Limbo

Assembly OKs Capital Budget: Seeks to Diminish Hogan’s Role in School Construction

The General Assembly adopted a capital budget Wednesday that would cut Governor Larry Hogan out of the process of approving the state’s school construction plans. The House of Delegates and state Senate gave final approval to revised version of the governor’s nearly $1.1 billion capital budget, which funds building projects. According to The Baltimore Sun, … Continue reading Assembly OKs Capital Budget: Seeks to Diminish Hogan’s Role in School Construction