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

MACo Opposes Prevailing Wages on Public Construction TIF Bond Projects

MACo Associate Director Barbara Zektick testified in opposition of legislation (SB 870) which would require payment of prevailing wages on construction contracts receiving any funds from tax increment financing (TIF) bond proceeds. Counties are concerned that this bill will drive up costs of public infrastructure projects, stifle use of a demonstrably successful economic development tool, … Continue reading MACo Opposes Prevailing Wages on Public Construction TIF Bond Projects

Board Approves Hiring of Maryland School Construction Chief

The Board of Public Works unanimously approved Robert Gorrell on Wednesday to head Maryland’s school construction program. As reported in The Baltimore Sun, Gorrell, who has led New Mexico’s school construction efforts, was recruited to head the Interagency Committee on School Construction after a nationwide search. State schools Superintendent Karen B. Salmon, who chairs the … Continue reading Board Approves Hiring of Maryland School Construction Chief

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