MACo School Construction Symposium To Target Key Issues

On June 30, the Maryland Association of Counties will host a one-day conference to discuss current topics in school construction including unmet costs, workforce gaps, dollar-saving designs, and public-private partnerships.  MACo School Construction Symposium The Symposium will cover four session topics and include: A tour of the recently opened Rolling Knolls Elementary; and A lunch and learn discussion, 21st Century Factors that Shape Our Schools Session … Continue reading MACo School Construction Symposium To Target Key Issues

Dr. Lever Resigns From Top School Construction Position

Dr. David Lever has resigned from his role as head of the Interagency Committee on School Construction. Following a charged meeting of the Board of Public Works today, Dr. David Lever has resigned. His resignation from the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC) will be effective September 1, 2016. Lever described in his resignation letter how deferral … Continue reading Dr. Lever Resigns From Top School Construction Position

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction

This post summarizes the status of public school construction legislation that MACo supported, opposed, or supported with amendments in the 2016 General Assembly Session. General Assembly approves $280M for FY 2017 capital improvement program  for school construction. The State’s Capital Budget provides a $280 million allocation to the capital improvement program (CIP) for school construction in 2017. This funding is similar to the … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction

Bill May Threaten Cooperative Purchasing in School Construction

A bill advancing in the General Assembly may threaten cooperative purchasing practices by school systems for construction and repair of school buildings. These cost-saving practices are intended to help the State keep pace with renovation and maintenance of aging school buildings. According to the Department of Legislative Services, Board of Public Works regulations currently require local school systems to use … Continue reading Bill May Threaten Cooperative Purchasing in School Construction

School Boards Seek to Protect Cost-Saving School Construction Practices

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education has issued the following Call to Action to its members: Call TODAY – Urge Legislators to VOTE NO on SB 515 Procurements for Construction or Repair of School Project Use these links to the Budget & Taxation Committee; and the B&T Committee Roster. Senate Bill 515 should be rejected for … Continue reading School Boards Seek to Protect Cost-Saving School Construction Practices

Prevailing Wage Bill Could Increase School Construction Costs

MACo Research Director, Robin Clark Eilenberg testified in opposition to SB 711, Prevailing Wage Rates Reform Act of 2016, to the Senate Finance Committee on March 17, 2016. This legislation expands prevailing wage laws applicable to school construction projects in Maryland and other public works projects. A recent update to statewide prevailing wage laws created … Continue reading Prevailing Wage Bill Could Increase School Construction Costs

$20M More for School Construction Program

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee has added $20 million to the budget of the Public School Construction Program towards a program for counties with increasing enrollment or a high number of relocatable classrooms. Legislation that would allocate the funding is also advancing in the General Assembly. If the budget provision stays in and the legislation … Continue reading $20M More for School Construction Program

School Construction Costs Appear Out-of-Step With Construction Industry

A review by the Maryland’s Department of Legislative Services finds that public school construction costs in Maryland are increasing at a faster rate than construction inflation across all sectors and regions. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee heard a briefing today from the Department of Legislation Services on the Capital Budget. Part of the briefing showed the … Continue reading School Construction Costs Appear Out-of-Step With Construction Industry

MACo Opposes Expanding Apprenticeship Requirements for School Construction

On February 3, 2016 MACo Research Director, Robin Clark Eilenberg, testified to the House Health and Governmental Operations Committee in opposition of HB 108, Capital Budget – Construction Projects – Apprenticeship Requirements. This legislation creates apprenticeship requirements for any project that receives $100,000 or more in the state capital budget. The legislation expands existing apprenticeships … Continue reading MACo Opposes Expanding Apprenticeship Requirements for School Construction

Counties Appeal for School Construction Funds

Limited state funding is key for counties seeking to meet student needs for new and updated learning environments. As reported in the Capital-Gazette, Anne Arundel County joined counties from across the state in the Governor’s Reception Room to ask the Administration for school construction funding. The Governor’s 2017 capital budget set aside $314 million in school construction funding. … Continue reading Counties Appeal for School Construction Funds