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BOARD OF EDUCATION TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDED FY2018 CAPITAL BUDGET, VOTE ON SHIFT IN SCHOOL HOURS AT NEXT MEETING

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County will conduct a public hearing on Superintendent George Arlotto’s recommended Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget and six-year Capital Improvement Plan during its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

The six-year plan, which includes a $234.9 million capital budget for Fiscal Year 2018, charts the course for maintenance, renovation, and new construction projects through Fiscal Year 2023. After adoption by the Board, the plan will be submitted to the State of Maryland for funding consideration. The plan will also be part of the school system’s overall FY2018 budget request, to be forwarded to the County Executive in February 2017 after the Board holds additional public hearings.

Dr. Arlotto’s recommendation allocates more than $172 million to the following existing major projects, in priority order:

  • Manor View Elementary renovation (construction), $13.0 million
  • High Point Elementary renovation (construction), $15.3 million
  • George Cromwell Elementary renovation (construction), $13.8 million
  • Jessup Elementary replacement (construction), $17.1 million
  • Arnold Elementary replacement (construction), $14.1 million
  • Edgewater Elementary (design/construction), $15.1 million
  • Tyler Heights Elementary (design/construction), $14.3 million
  • Richard Henry Lee Elementary (design/construction), $13.0 million
  • Crofton Area High School (construction), $56.8 million

In addition, Dr. Arlotto’s request includes $8.6 million for prekindergarten and kindergarten additions at Park and Shady Side elementaries and the renovation of the Carrie Weedon Science Center building; $6 million for classroom additions at Marley and Solley elementary schools; and $7 million for open space enclosures at Brock Bridge and Shady Side elementary schools.

Dr. Arlotto’s proposed capital budget and six-year Capital Improvement Plan can be found online here.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the Board is scheduled to vote on a change in school start and dismissal times for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board currently has before it two options, one which would shift high school hours by 13 minutes and all other schools by 15 minutes, and one which would shift high school hours by 18 minutes and all other schools by 20 minutes.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held in the Board Room at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. The Board will meet at 4:45 p.m. to vote to go into closed session, during which time it will discuss confidential matters as permitted by the Maryland Open Meetings Act including, but not limited to, legal advice, personnel, and negotiations. Closed session is not open to the public. The general session of the meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Those wishing to speak in the public hearing can begin signing up at 6:00 p.m. Testimony will be limited to three minutes.

A complete agenda for the meeting accompanies this news release. More information on agenda items will be posted on the AACPS website in the Board Docs section under the Board of Education tab.

The general session of Wednesday’s Board meeting will be broadcast live on AACPS-TV, which can be found on Channel 96 on Comcast and Broadstripe, and Channel 36 on Verizon. High definition broadcasts can be seen on Channel 996 on Comcast and Channel 496 on Broadstripe. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. the day after the meeting and 2:00 p.m. on subsequent Sundays.

The meeting can also be viewed live on the Internet here.

Archived videos of Board meetings can be found online here.

Board of Education meeting agenda, 9-21-16