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BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES $159.9 MILLION CAPITAL BUDGET REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County tonight unanimously approved a $159.9 million capital budget for Fiscal Year 2017 that contains funding for renovation or replacement projects at nine schools and design funding for a Crofton area high school.

The Board made no changes to Superintendent George Arlotto’s recommendation. The budget allocates nearly $74.6 million to the following pre-existing renovation projects, in the priority order below:

  • Severna Park High replacement (construction), $5.2 million
  • Manor View Elementary School renovation (construction), $15.1 million
  • High Point Elementary renovation (construction), $17.8 million
  • George Cromwell Elementary renovation (design), $2.7 million
  • Jessup Elementary replacement (construction), $17.4 million
  • Arnold Elementary replacement (construction), $16.4 million

Based on the updated Strategic Facilities Utilization Master Plan developed by MGT of America and presented to the Board of Education on September 2, the budget also includes feasibility study and design funding for Edgewater Elementary School ($3.5 million), Tyler Heights Elementary School ($3.7 million), and Richard Henry Lee Elementary School ($3.2 million). The plan also includes $6.7 million design funding for a new high school in the Crofton area. All were among the highest priority schools listed in the MGT study.

The budget also includes $10 million for prekindergarten and kindergarten additions at Odenton, Woodside, and North Glen elementary schools; $10 million for gymnasium additions at Woodside and Millersville elementary schools; and $7 million for open space enclosures at Chesapeake High School.

The complete budget, along with the six-year Capital Improvement Plan approved by the Board, can be found online here.

The plan will be submitted to the State of Maryland for funding consideration. It will also be part of the school system’s overall FY2017 budget request, to be forwarded to the County Executive in February 2016 after the Board holds additional public hearings.