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BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES $192.1 MILLION FISCAL YEAR 2015 CAPITAL BUDGET REQUEST; PLAN FUNDS RENOVATION PROJECTS AT 12 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, SEVERNA PARK HIGH SCHOOL

The Board of Education tonight unanimously approved Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins’ $192.1 million FY2015 capital budget request, which funds comprehensive renovation projects at 13 schools an allocates $19 million to building additions and open space enclosures.

More than 65 percent of the request is made up of 13 school-specific projects. In priority order, they are:

  • Annapolis Elementary revitalization, $3.3 million
  • Lothian Elementary replacement, $7.8 million
  • Crofton Elementary revitalization, $3.5 million
  • Mills-Parole Elementary revitalization, $3.6 million
  • Rolling Knolls Elementary replacement, $18.1 million
  • Benfield Elementary revitalization, $14.5 million
  • West Annapolis Elementary modernization, $12.5 million
  • Severna Park High replacement, $50 million
  • Manor View Elementary feasibility study/design, $2.4 million
  • High Point Elementary feasibility study/design, $3.1 million
  • George Cromwell Elementary design, $2.1 million
  • Jessup Elementary design, $2.6 million
  • Arnold Elementary design, $2.6 million

The recommendation also includes $10 million to continue building full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten additions and $9 million for ongoing open space classroom enclosures.

The Board also approved Ms. Perkins’s recommended six-year Capital Improvement Plan which allocates anticipated funding to projects through FY2020.

The plan will now be submitted to the State of Maryland for funding consideration. It will also be part of the school system’s overall FY2015 budget request, to be forwarded to the County Executive in February 2014 after the Board holds public hearings. The County Council will review that plan and adopt a final capital budget for the school system in June 2014.

The FY2014 capital budget adopted by the County Council is $137 million.