State Restores School Construction Money for Baltimore City, Baltimore County

The state’s Board of Public Works reinstated $10 million of school construction money for Baltimore City and Baltimore County Wednesday, after the school districts presented plans to install air conditioning in overheated classrooms. The decision came as the board, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, held its annual “begathon,” … Continue reading State Restores School Construction Money for Baltimore City, Baltimore County

Commissioners Finalize ‘Progress Report’ on School Construction Recommendations

It was decision time for the 21st Century Schools Commission at their Friday, January 6 meeting. The meeting, which was rescheduled from December, centered on discussing interim recommendations on school construction. Chairman Martin Knott led the Commissioners through a document outlining major themes that emerged in 2016 and major themes that warrant continued examination in 2017. The commissioners … Continue reading Commissioners Finalize ‘Progress Report’ on School Construction Recommendations

Harford’s Upcoming $55M Bond Sale to Fund Construction, Repairs & Projects

Harford County will hold a $55 million bond sale on February 14, 2017, in hopes to fund school construction, repairs & other projects from both the old and current administration. According to The Baltimore Sun, The bond sale is set for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 and will be conducted through electronic bids, according to … Continue reading Harford’s Upcoming $55M Bond Sale to Fund Construction, Repairs & Projects

Boards of Education 2017 Positions Include School Construction

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education have adopted positions to guide their advocacy in the upcoming General Assembly Session, including school construction. School construction, one of MACo’s top four priorities, is one of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education’s (MABE’s) legislative positions for the 2017 Session of the General Assembly. MACo and MABE frequently … Continue reading Boards of Education 2017 Positions Include School Construction

Commissioners Ready for a Round-Up of School Construction Recommendations

The 21st Century School Facilities Commission gathered a few final details and began discussions regarding the subject of their legislative recommendations at a meeting in Annapolis. As the 21st Century School Facilities Commission nears the deadline for making legislative recommendations for the 2017 General Assembly Session, Commissioners heard more detail about the State’s role in school … Continue reading Commissioners Ready for a Round-Up of School Construction Recommendations

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